7 ways church planting will bless your church

By Brian O'Day

I have become more convinced each year that the Great Commission is a call to plant churches. The origin of this conviction was observing firsthand the blessing it had on Clint Clifton, the man who taught me to see it this way.

What has perpetuated this conviction however, is observing firsthand the blessings it has had in the life of the church I planted five years ago.

Let me list seven ways church planting will bless your congregation:

1. You’ll actually see churches planted

Five years into my church plant, I consider myself a pastor, not a church planter. One thing I have learned about pastors is that we typically have a lot of things that we could be doing every day. On our best days, we do those things that are good works that God has prepared for us to walk in (Eph. 2:10).

If we are not convinced that the time and effort required to plant churches is a command from our Lord Jesus, we simply will not do it. Everything else on our plate will consume it. If however, we are convinced that Jesus commands us to plant churches, we will work and strive to this end. And we will actually see churches planted.

2. You’ll constantly be looking for pastors / church planters

This conviction really only requires one thing: a ready leader to send out. You will therefore look at every man in your church as a potential pastor / church planter. You will seek to maintain a very deep leadership bench.

3. You’ll constantly be equipping pastors/church planters

If you look over your member list right now, you likely will believe there currently are no ready leaders to send out. That means you must get busy in the work of equipping future pastors and church planters for the work. Disciple men. Teach men to teach small groups. Teach men to preach. Teach men to shepherd their families well. This type of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry should occupy much of the pastor’s time.

4. You’ll see the beauty of “high-end discipleship”

In God’s design, pastoring is like being a father to an entire church. In the biblical qualifications for eldership, the family is likened to a small household within the household of God. Men who can shepherd their families well are to be considered for shepherding the church.

We father our children to send them out as adults. Doesn’t it stand to reason that we should shepherd church members to a point of maturity where we send them out? Maybe even to start new families? And even produce grandkids? (Yes, I’m still talking about churches! My 5-year-old church is a grandmother church! Praise God!)

5. You’ll build a church that can weather storms

All this training people up and sending them out creates more churn in a church than is typical. This churn is healthy. It creates an atmosphere of figuring things out on the fly and adopting the “next man up” mentality of the military and successful sports teams. It also forces us to reject the lie that we’ll get church life perfect this side of eternity.

So when a member of the church leaves for any other reason (not to plant a church) or you don’t quite make budget for a quarter or two, it’s not quite as shocking to the system. We’re accustomed to people coming and going for seasons of life. Some people leave for good reasons. Some bad. Some we’re not sure. It’s all good, as long as God is on His throne.

6. You’ll build a church that will outlast itself

One of my sister churches closed its doors and folded into another church a few weeks ago. The church was alive for approximately six years. But in those six years, they mothered two churches as a sending church and supported several others as a supporting church. That church lives on in the churches she planted and helped to plant. Sadly, there are 200-year-old churches that leave a far less lasting legacy.

7. You’ll actually see the Great Commission being fulfilled

Make disciples, baptize, and teach. This is the work of local churches. What are we to teach? We teach people to make disciples, baptize, and teach. The sense of the Great Commission is that this is a perpetuating cycle that is always moving forward, pushing out to the nations.

If you become convinced that the Great Commission is a call to plant churches, you will actually get to see it happening before your eyes! Churches making disciples, baptizing, and teaching people to go and make disciples, baptize, and teach!


Published June 11, 2018

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Brian O'Day

Brian O'Day lives in Jacksonville, North Carolina, with his wife, Kelli, and four children: Danielle, Kristlyn, Trey, and Nate. Brian served for nearly 10 years as an active duty Marine and deployed to 15 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. While stationed in Quantico, Virginia, in 2010 and attending Pillar Church in Dumfries, Virginia, Brian was called to plant Pillar Church Jacksonville. Still serving on active duty, Brian led many Bible studies in a variety of local churches and often would start Bible studies in his workplace, from an office setting in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge in Afghanistan. Pillar Church Jacksonville began in Brian and Kelli’s home on Jan. 6, 2013. Brian has a passion for seeing men love Jesus and serve Him well.