CHURCH PLANTING IS BIBLICAL.
A simple reading through the book of Acts clearly shows that church planting was the strategy to expand the Kingdom of God.
In the Great Commission, Jesus calls us to make and baptize disciples, disciplined followers of the King (Matt. 28:19-20). It is evident from the book of Acts that baptized disciples are connected to a community of faith, or churches (Acts 2:41-47). Furthermore, to effectively reach any culture or subculture with the gospel, churches (new churches) are necessary.
“The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else--not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes-- will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting. This is an eyebrow raising statement. But to those who have done any study at all, it is not even controversial.”
CHURCH PLANTING BEGINS WITH A CALLING FROM GOD.
Throughout the Bible, God calls people. There is a general sense of a call, where God calls you to move from darkness to light, thereby saving you. However, there also seems to be a more specific type of calling, where God equips people for certain tasks. For instance, Paul said he was called to be an apostle. The call to plant a church is distinct from the call to pastor an existing church or to revitalize a hurting church. There is a different gift mix involved in planting and pastoring a church. So one must first feel a real sense God is in this, God is leading, and God has gifted and equipped you for the role.
CHURCH PLANTING HAS A HISTORICAL RECORD.
The book of Acts chronicles the story of the expansion of Christianity through the multiplication of churches. Paul, the primary character in the latter half of the book, planted churches throughout various regions to reach new places and new people for Christ (Romans 15:20, Acts 8:1-4). Without new churches being planted, you personally would not have been reached by the gospel of Christ.