The Main Difference Between Planting New Churches and Planting New Campuses

The main difference between planting new churches and planting new campuses, as far as I can tell, is this: churches that plant new churches want to spread the gospel in the name of Jesus Christ, while churches that plant new campuses want to spread their own name.

I know, I know, lots of “church health”-type folks have said it before, but a recent video from a related church got me thinking – why are they planting another campus instead of another church?”

The answer from the video is, “Because our name is well-known in this new area.”

Hmm. It seems that if this particular church was known for the gospel, they would have no problem just planting a church with any old Christ-centered name. Instead, they must plant a new campus with the same church name. Instead of planting something like “Westside Presbyterian Church” won’t do, it has to be, “Eastside Presbyterian Church, West Campus.”

So, the planting church’s stated priority is not multiplying churches in Christ’s name but multiplying campuses in their own name. And maybe they’ll get to multiplying Jesus’ name later.

Maybe.

So, dear brother-churches and church members, care not for your own church’s name! Care for Christ’s name! Plant churches in His name, whatever the cost! Pray and work and teach for healthy congregations that function as their own bodies, not as some parody of some other church down the road.

When you care more about His name, you’ll plant churches in His name, not your own.

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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