Multiplication

West-Coast church planter Keith Allen felt called to Providence, Rhode Island, the “least Bible-minded” city in the U.S. His biggest challenge was not knowing the culture.

“The best way for a church to renew is to participate in the planting of a new church,” says Doug McClintic. And that’s just what five RCA and CRC churches are doing: planting a church together.

The Bridge Faith Community is an unusual church plant. Instead of pews, there are tables and chairs, and the scent of roasted coffee fills the room.

The Movement, a church plant in Minneapolis, celebrates how God has grown the church in spite of minimal resources.

“I think of Jeremiah who told us to pray for the prosperity of the city,” says RCA pastor Cora Taitt of her work in New York City’s Kingdom Enterprise Zone. Taitt is working with CRC leaders in the city to plant new churches and strengthen existing ministries. 

In the core city of Los Angeles, church planting is under way to transform neighborhoods. The men and women being trained to lead these new churches grew up in and live in the neighborhoods they serve. And that’s why they’re effective.

A church with a long history of raising up leaders and sending missionaries is expressing that heritage of evangelism in a new way—by planting new churches.

Fabulous. That's the word pastor Wes Tillett uses to describe the launch of Voyage Church in September.

"A lot of the main mojo of our church was creating a community where people could process the claims of the Christian faith in an intelligible way," says Jared Ayers, pastor of Liberti, a newly organized RCA church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"We wanted to start a community that would be hospitable for people to be able to investigate the Christian faith, while not assuming they had any background or prior knowledge, or that they would assume large parts of the Christian story were true."

To be a "multi-everything church." That's the hope of three planters of a new church in Long Beach, California.

Their passion is to gather and disciple people of all ages from a variety of socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.