Why Church Planting

God wants His people to be filled with meaning, purpose and assurance. He has been unfolding His plans throughout the ages, and all of those plans, both past, present, and future, are wrapped up in the person and work of Jesus. Jesus birth, death, and resurrection created the pathway for all people to be reconciled to God and to be given new life.

New churches provide easy access for those who are investigating what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. We also believe that new churches can provide tons of encouragement to existing churches as they see the influence of Jesus grow in their communities.

Theological Foundations

  • Early Church Model --- Church planting was the primary model of expanding the Kingdom of God in the first century. Paul and the early church leaders planted churches in key cities like Derby, Lystra, Iconium, Antioch, Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Corinth and Ephesus.
  • Biblical Assurance for the Church --- "I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." (Matthew 16:18.)
  • New churches are necessary in all communities --- "No one sews a patch of unshrunk
    cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the
    tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins
    will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour
    new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved." (Matthew 9:16-17)
  • New churches affirm the Great Commission --- "Go and make disciples of all nations..." (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • New churches provide a platform for the Great Commandment --- "37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39)

Practical Considerations

  • Many main line and established churches are plateaued and declining---studies show that 80-85 percent of churches in America are on the downside of their growth cycle.

  • Healthy Churches will be Reproducing Churches -- newly planted churches are far more likely to plant churches because church planting is part of their experience and DNA.

  • Unique Benefits to New Churches
    • Studies show that new churches grow faster than established churches.
    • New churches evangelize more effectively than established churches because the barrier to join is so much lower.
    • New churches are more open to change and therefore are easily adapted to a rapidly changing culture.

Why Church Planting Here in Sanford, North Carolina?

  • Approximately 30,000 people in the city of Sanford with over 60,000 in Lee County.
  • Geographically located 40 minutes south of Raleigh and Chapel Hill.
  • 30 minutes from Fort Bragg, home to U.S. Army Airborne Forces and Special Forces.
  • Home of Central Carolina Community College with almost 5,000 students
  • Population growing at 10% per year which is expected to increase as the influence of the Research Triangle grows southward
  • 35% of the households have children under 18, which opens up the door for children’s evangelism, camps, and discipleship
  • Since the median age in Sanford is 38, people who are reached with the gospel will have many years to reproduce a mission-oriented DNA
  • Sanford’s population growth can be characterized by:
    • Economically and upwardly mobile families
    • Growing population of young professionals
    • Increasingly more educated population moving south from the Research Triangle
    • Highly skilled jobs in Advanced Manufacturing and Health Sciences
    • Mature and stable boomers

Majority of the Population is “Unchurched” or “Dechurched”

  • Only 25% of the population considers themselves “Evangelical Protestants”.
  • 48 % of the population claims no religious affiliation at all.

    Part of a Bigger Picture for Central North Carolina

    • In partnership with the Central Carolina Presbytery
    • In partnership with Redeemer Church, Southern Pines
    • A new church would increase the viability of a new Presbytery being formed to intentionally address the concerns of the communities in this central North Carolina area
    • As a sending church to plant other new churches in the local communities who lack a gospel centered and missional PCA church

    With Whom Are We Partnering?

    • We will be supported and encouraged by Mission to North America.
    • In partnership with the Central Carolina Presbytery (PCA).
    • In partnership with Redeemer Church, Southern Pines.
    • We will be sent by GracePointe Church in Cumming, Georgia.

    What is the Timeline?

    Preparation (12-18 Months)

    • Develop the necessary financial and prayer support
    • Move to Sanford in the Fall of 2019
    • Immerse ourselves in the community.
      • Listening, learning, and enjoying our new home.
      • Asking God to lead us to those who need the gospel and who will invest in this new church.
    • Develop a core group of 15-20 people who express interest in investing 3-5 years into our church planting process
    • Start gathering on Sunday nights for prayer, building relationships and developing a vision and strategy to reach the local community

    Gathering and Moving Forward (12-18 Months)

    • Identify 15-20 people as a “Launch Team” who are fully invested in the process.
    • Begin Sunday Night Leadership Training
      • Prayer (1 Sunday)
      • Training & Bible Study (2ndSunday)
      • Community Gathering Event (3rdSunday)
      • Training & Bible Study (4thSunday)
    • Quality time observing Launch Team to discern spiritual gifts and practical abilities.
    • Continue networking and building relationships to expand our spheres of influence.
    • Secure a location for offices, small groups, and worship.

    Launch Indicators for our first worship service:

    • Launch Team trained and committed to giving time, talents, and financial resources
    • Delegating responsibilities according to giftedness, passion and needs for the ministry.
    • Core Group of at least 50 over and above Launch Team who are committed to worship
    • Contact with at least 200 people who have shown some interest in joining our community
    • Location secured
    • Worship Team, Children’s Ministry Team & Facilities Teams trained and ready to go

    What Will Be Our Budget?

    We are planning for our 4-year budget including the following:

    • $225,000 coming from outside giving.
      • $150,000 coming from family and friends.
      • $75,000 coming from the presbytery, businesses, and other churches.
    • $435,000 coming from gathered church families starting in year 2
      • Year 2: $85,000
      • Year 3: $125,000 in year three
      • Year 4: $225,000
    • Total Four-Year Budget: $660,000