September 17, 2010 Tony Morgan

Not All Denominations are Dying

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to connect with some of the denominational leadership of the Assemblies of God. Unlike many denominations, the Assemblies of God are still seeing growth. One of the primary reasons for that is their commitment to planting churches. Check out these stats:

  • Through mid-June, the denomination had already planted 113 churches in 2010.
  • By the end of the year, they’re projecting that they’ll plant 300 new churches.
  • Their goal is to ultimately plant 500 new churches a year…just so they can keep up with population growth.

When I hear stories like this, it makes me excited that Mac Lake is pulling together a team and a strategy to plant churches throughout the country through The Launch Network. We need more healthy churches.

At the same time, I get kind of frustrated thinking about how most denominations use their resources. Typically denominations take money from the most vibrant churches to subsidize the dead and dying churches. I wonder what would happen if denominations shared the same commitment that the Assemblies of God has to planting new churches.

Of course, that’s tough to do when your institution is structured to preserve the past.

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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, theunstuckgroup.com. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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