There are so many churches in Knoxville. We see them on every corner. Great big beautiful churches that seem to be filled every Sunday.
So why plant another one?
Tim Keller answers this question much more eloquently and in much more detail in his article which you can find here.
While Cedar Springs is a thriving church that is reaching countries all over the world with the gospel, we (the church plant) are the evidence of a call to reach this city. How do we do that? How do we reach unbelievers with the gospel? How do we become an active part of our community and actually be the hands and feet of Jesus? The answer to this question is to plant a church. Planting a church is a way to be obedient to Jesus’s call to “go and make disciples.”
In Tim Keller’s article he states, “The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for (1) the numerical growth of the body of Christ in a city and (2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else—not crusades, outreach programs, parachurch ministries, growing megachurches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes—will have the con- sistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting. “
So this is our gameday strategy.
We are joining the fight. The Lord is in pursuit and going to war for the people in this city of Knoxville. And we are here. We are in this town, this place for such a time as this. We are not here by accident or coincidence or chance but because God has and is calling us to join in the battle for the hearts of the people of our city.