Mag: "Pentecostals Growing With Church Plants"
Over the past few years I have had many opportunities to work with both the Assemblies of God as well as the Foursquare Church on their movement's church planting efforts. I was pleased to see their work highlighted in a recent Charisma Magazine article.
Though not mentioned in the article, the Assemblies of God is now planting one church per day, up substantially over the last few years. Early on (and several years ago), we had a two day meeting in Nashville to plan out what became the Church Multiplication Network. Steve Pike led the charge and I was glad to be a part. Now, it is encouraging to see the fruit of prayer and planning become evident-- and a reminder that, if denominations take church planting seriously and with priority, they can see church multiplication fruit.
Here's a short excerpt from an article by Charisma highlighting their work:
According to the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Life, Pentecostals make up more than 25 percent of all Christians. This group also accounts for more than 8 percent of the world's total population. And the numbers continue to grow as charismatic church planters forge into new territory.
The Assemblies of God (AG) is leading the church-planting charge among Pentecostal denominations. The AG recorded its second-highest ever number of new church openings in the United States in 2011, planting 368 new churches to bring its domestic count to 12,595. The AG's Church Multiplication Network (CMN) helps church planters wade through the challenges of opening a new church through training, mentoring and matching funds.
Meanwhile, Foursquare Church is seeing a surge in ethnic church growth. Widespread population shifts and immigration--Hispanics accounted for 56 percent of the U.S. population growth during the past decade, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau--are introducing new realities to Foursquare.
Foursquare launched a new leadership network called the National Hispanic Council to reach out to this growing demographic. So far, there are about 250 Hispanic Foursquare churches in the U.S.
You can read the full article here.
I appreciate my Pentecostal friends and I am looking forward to preaching at Foursquare Church national meeting in May and the Assemblies of God headquarters chapel in August of this year.