Every year around Valentine’s Day we ask each AGC church member to give a $5.00 love offering towards the AGC church planting efforts that contribute towards seeing our AGC vision of being “a movement of healthy reproducing churches” a reality.
This year we asked each church to consider utilizing two Sundays, February 12th & 19th, encapsulating Valentine Day, to take up this offering. However, if you would still like to participate, we can adjust the resources below for the date of your choosing.
Please use the bulletin insert and powerpoint slide below to advertise at your church.
Thank you for participating in helping the AGC become "a movement of healthy reproducing churches"!
CHURCH REPRODUCTION COMMISSION
The Church Reproduction Commission promotes local church multiplication by:
- assessing and identifying potential church planters, places, and “pregnant” churches,
- inviting local AGC churches to include AGC Church Reproduction as part of their missions budget,
- overseeing the disbursement of AGC Church Reproduction funds,
- providing practical support and accountability for AGC church planters and church planting initiatives
Our Commission Team members are:
Bill Allan (National)
Ian Ardill (Canada East)
Canada West - Vacant
Click the links below for Church Reproduction Resources:
The article "Why Plant Churches" by Tim Keller
A great article on How to Get Involved in Church Planting
We want to be true to THE BIBLICAL MANDATE
- Jesus' essential call was to plant churches. Virtually all the great evangelistic challenges of the New Testament are basically calls to plant churches, not simply to share the faith. The 'Great Commission' (Matt.28: 18-20) is not just a call to 'make disciples' but to'baptize'. In Acts and elsewhere, it is clear that baptism means incorporation into a worshipping community with accountability and boundaries (cf. Acts 2:41-47). The only way to be truly sure you are increasing the number of Christians in a town is to increase the number of churches
- Paul's whole strategy was to plant urban churches. The greatest missionary in history, St.Paul, had a rather simple, two-fold strategy. First, he went into the largest city of the region (cf. Acts 16:9, 12), and second, he planted churches in each city (cf. Titus 1:5,"appoint elders in every town"). Once Paul had done that, he could say that he had 'fully preached' the gospel in a region and that he had 'no more work' to do there (cf. Romans15:19, 23).
We want to be true to THE GREAT COMMISSION.
- New churches best reach a) new generations, b) new residents, and c) new people groups. First younger adults have always been disproportionately found in newer congregations. Second, new residents are almost always reached better by new congregations. Last, new socio-cultural groups in a community are always reached better by new congregations. So, new congregations empower new people and new peoples much more quickly and readily than can older churches. Thus they always have and always will reach them with greater facility than long-established bodies. This means, of course, that church planting is not only for 'frontier regions' or 'pagan' countries that we are trying to see become Christian. Christian countries will have to maintain vigorous, extensive church planting simply to stay Christian!
- New churches best reach the unchurched--period. Dozens of denominational studies have confirmed that the average new church gains most of its new members (60-80%) from the ranks of people who are not attending any worshipping body, while churches over 10-15 years of age gain 80-90% of new members by transfer from other congregations. This means that the average new congregation will bring 6-8 times more new people into the life of the Body of Christ than an older congregation of the same size.
We want to continually RENEW THE WHOLE BODY OF CHRIST.
It is a great mistake to think that we have to choose between church planting and church renewal. Strange as it may seem, the planting of new churches in a city is one of the very best ways to revitalize many older churches in the vicinity and renew the whole Body of Christ.
- First, the new churches bring new ideas to the whole Body.
- Second, new churches are one of the best ways to surface creative, strong leaders for the whole Body.
- Third, the new churches challenge other churches to self-examination.
- Fourth, the new church may be an 'evangelistic feeder' for a whole community.
As an exercise in KINGDOM-MINDEDNESS
All in all, church planting helps an existing church the best when the new congregation is voluntarily 'birthed' by an older 'mother' congregation. Often the excitement and new leaders and new ministries and additional members and income 'washes back' into the mother church in various ways and strengthens and renews it. Though there is some pain in seeing good friends and some leaders go away to form a new church, the mother church usually experiences a surge of high self-esteem and an influx of new enthusiastic leaders and members.
Church Reproduction is the only way that we can be sure we are going to increase the number of believers in a city and one of the best ways to renew the whole Body of Christ. The evidence for this statement is strong--Biblically, sociologically, and historically.