“Why Plant Churches?” by Tim Keller

Have you ever wondered why many church leaders think it’s important to plant new churches? Maybe you’ve thought, “We already have plenty of churches that have lots and lots of room for all the new people who have come to the area. Let’s get them filled before we start building any new ones.” Tim Keller addresses this objection and other common concerns about church planting in his article, “Why Plant Churches?

Are you called to join a church plant?

As part of God’s gospel mission, we are all called to care about church planting, but not everyone is called to join a church plant. Below are some helpful articles as you seek to discern the Lord’s call for you and your family.


Evangelism and church plants go hand-in-hand, but sharing the gospel isn’t limited to church planters and missionaries. All followers of Jesus are called to be “on mission,” so here are some resources to encourage you as you talk with neighbors, coworkers, and friends.

  • Read about how Cru (Campus Crusade) uses single words to start spiritual conversations: Start a Spiritual Conversation With One Word
  • If evangelism in a culture of relativism seems impossible, listen to this 2-minute video of R.C. Sproul: Evangelism & Relativism
  • Reformed theology teaches predestination, so why do we need to evangelize? In this 30-minute class and through the lens of Reformed theology, R.C. Sproul explains the freedom and joy we have in our evangelistic roles: The Divine Initiative: Chosen by God