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Saying “Yes” to Church Planting

Michael Gatlin

Michael Gatlin

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As a movement, Vineyard USA has committed to planting 750 churches over the next ten years. Why 750? Well, we spent a lot of time praying about this idea, and 750 was the number we felt God was leading us to. So by the year 2023, that’s our goal—750 new churches!

Since we began, we’ve already seen more than 30 new churches planted, which is cause for celebration! We’ve got a map of where they all are that we’ll keep updating as needed. Check it out—it’s pretty cool.

But there’s still a lot of work to be done, and we need you onboard. Vineyard USA and Multiply Vineyard aren’t sending out plants from a corporate headquarters somewhere. Every single one of those 750 church plants will come from all of you folks, from the local churches. We believe that every church can be a parent, and every church can be a partner in this!

For that reason, we’re asking every single Vineyard church to make a public commitment to church planting over the next decade. Pastors, I’m talking to you. Many of you have already committed to planting, which is great. Thank you! But many of you haven’t committed yet, and I want to take this opportunity to strongly encourage you to do so.

 

Why Should I Commit to Church Planting, Michael?

I’m so glad you asked! Since it’s inception, the Vineyard has been a church planting movement. We believe planting new churches is one of the best ways to reach new people and communities with the Gospel. And we believe that multiplication is part of being a healthy church. But new churches don’t just happen by accident.

There’s something about publicly committing to do something that pushes us from good intentions into action, isn’t there? That’s why we have weddings and baptisms. Making the commitment to church planting will challenge each of us to actually reprioritize our time, money, and resources, and to really lean on God to make it happen.

 

What If My Church Isn’t Ready?

Well, you may not be ready right now, but I challenge you: pray. Get in touch with God’s heart. Ask him what his plans for your community are. Ask him how many plants he wants to launch from your community. And then trust him with the answer—I’ve found that God often gives daunting answers to that kind of prayer.

But that’s kind of the point. God loves to give us stuff that is too big for us to handle on our own, so that he can be strong through us. And the Multiply Vineyard team is here to come alongside you and provide the encouragement, accountability, resources, and training to help your church reproduce.Get in touch with us here.

 

Ok, I’m Convinced. How Do I Commit?

That’s easy. Just fill this out. And submit it to us. We’ll add your commitment to our running total, and we’ll join you with prayers, encouragement and help along the way.

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