Church planting is the work of God through a body of believers who are devoted to God, to one another, and to the mission of spreading the Gospel of Jesus. The need for this task is great. Research has yielded sobering facts that the church is shrinking in Pittsburgh. Each year more and more churches call it quits. This has left the city with little witness to the person and work of Jesus Christ. Essentially, what was once a supposedly churched, Christian culture has become unchurched and post-christian. Our response: Plant more churches.
Even more, God’s Word and His fame compel us towards this task. Unanimously, all of the great evangelistic challenges of the New Testament are calls to plant new churches, not simply to share the faith. The Great Commission (Matt.
28:18-20) is not simply marching orders to make disciples, but to baptize. In Acts and elsewhere in Scripture it is clear that baptism welcomes new believers into a worshipping community with deep familial relationships and commitments. This was the apostle Paul’s approach during His missionary journeys where we see the origin, function and growth of new churches through His ministry. Church planting was a normal part of the early Christians’ lives, and by extension
Jesus’ commands makes it normative for us today. Simply put, the city of Pittsburgh is in desperate need of true Gospel witness. Through the Father’s eternal plan, the Son’s life and work on the cross, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we humbly and boldly step into this work.