More Than Church Planting | By:  Rev. Linda Shum    Translated by:  Sharon Wong

One of the fastest and most effective methods of spreading the gospel is church planting because it brings the gospel to the people. As each church is blessed by the Holy Spirit with people bearing different gifts and talents, and access to various communities may not be available to churches, we need different churches and ministries in order to help people understand the gospel.

My understanding of church planting was simple: to establish a physical location, on the one hand, for believers to worship, learn and grow spiritually, and on the other hand, for people living within that community to hear and understand the gospel and to accept Christ as their personal saviour. Whilst such an understanding is correct, it is albeit too self-centered and narrow. Attending the “Redeemer City to City” Conference on church planting concepts and strategies in New York City recently expanded my horizons.

In the opinion of Pastor Tim Keller, leader of Redeemer, church planting should not focus only on the needs of the church itself. The objective of a church’s existence should be in becoming a blessing to the community, and should propel to influence and lead the society’s trends and culture through the gospel. During the process of church planting, church leaders should ponder over these questions.

  1. How can our church’s existence bless and benefit this community?

  2. Will the community feel honoured, comforted and thankful for the existence of the church?

  3. Should the church one day leave the community, what will the reactions of the community be?

  4. What impact, if any, is the church’s existence and non-existence, to the community?

3 vital factors to consider for successful church planting:

  1. The gospel – Every believer needs to understand and experience the power of the gospel. One needs to explicate the gospel when leading others to Christ, such that the gospel can be fully appreciated and its life-changing power experienced.

  2. Cultural background – By attaining a good understanding and knowledge of the cultural background, and utilizing suitable dialects/languages and customs, the gospel is brought into the lives of the community.

  3. Community – To love your community, to purposefully bless and build the community through the gospel.

In order to bring the gospel to the various groups and levels within a community, a church planting plan needs to be long ranging (10 or 20 years), comprehensive (encompass the entire community, city and country), and elaborated (training of church planting talents, steps to bring the gospel to entire community). Working with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we could well see a church-multiplication wave. This wave will establish many new churches within a short span of time and give birth to many new Christians. The cultural and morale atmosphere of a community can be led and changed by the gospel when the number of Christians in the community grows above ten per cent of its population.

The goal of church planting is to saturate communities with the gospel, to bring each and every community into God’s Kingdom, one by one. Amen!

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Our newly planted churches:

Vaughan Christian Community Church
Vaughan Christian Community Church

Vaughan CCC

By God’s grace, Church Plant VCCC had our first service at Vellore Village Community Centre on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013. Check out our Grand Opening Day update.

Address:
1 Villa Royale Ave. Vaughan, ON L4H 2Z7 (at Vellore Village Community Centre)

Sunday Worship:
Mandarin: 9:30am-10:45am
Cantonese: 11:15am-12:30pm

Adult Sunday school:
Mandarin: 11:15am-12:30pm
Cantonese: 9:30am-10:45am

Children Worship & Sunday school:
English: 9:30am-12:30pm

Contact:
Pastor: Tom Yu (647-998-7887)
Children & youth Pastor: Samuel Hong (647-308-9373)

Website:
www.vaughanccc.ca

Aurora Christian Community Church
Aurora Christian Community Church

Aurora CCC

Invite your Cantonese- and Mandarin-speaking friends who live in the area!

Address:
14430 Bathurst St, King, On, L4G 7A4 (at the Campus Church)

Sunday Worship:
Mandarin: 2:00-3:15pm
Cantonese: 3:45-5:00pm

Adult Sunday school:
Mandarin: 3:45-5:00pm
Cantonese: 2:00-3:15pm

Youth & Children Fellowship:
English: 2:00-5:00pm

Contact:
Pastor: Ruth Wen (416-527-3711)
Children Program Lead:  Angela Ma (416-666-0299)

Website:
www.auroraccc.ca

Barrie Christian Alliance Church
Barrie Christian Alliance Church

Barrie CCC

Invite your Cantonese- and Mandarin-speaking friends who live in the area!

Address:
460 Yonge Street, Barrie, ON L4N 4E2

Sunday Worship:
Mandarin: 1:30-3:00pm
Cantonese: 1:30-3:00pm

Adult Sunday school:
Mandarin: 3:30-4:30pm
Cantonese: 3:00-4:00pm

Children Worship & Sunday school:
English: 1:30-4:15pm

Contact:
Pastor: Linda Shum (905-884-3399 x 237)
Pastoral Intern: Rachelle Ho (705-726-729)

Website:
www.barrieccc.ca