Why Plant a Church?
Someone once wisely said, "The health of a church is not in its seating capacity, but in its sending capacity." Most Christians in America have a perspective of a successful church based primarily on size. However, size rarely equates to health, though there are exceptions. Rather, the biblical picture of success and health is shown in a church that reproduces itself through the multiplication of followers, groups, and churches (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 14:19-23). Because of the multiplying nature of the gospel, the mark of a healthy church will be it’s ability to multiply.
At MVCC, we believe one of the greatest ways to make Christ known is to be very purposeful about the planting and multiplying of healthy, reproducing churches all over the world to the glory of God. This is the biblical blueprint established in the scriptures to fulfill the Great Commission. We want to see the church of Christ grow throughout the world. The only way that the church of Christ is ultimately growing is not when people are transferring from church to church, but when lives are transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of the Beloved Son. We believe that church planting is one of the best ways to see this happen! This is why we prioritize and sacrifice much to plant churches. We love to connect with those looking to plant a church and provide various church planting resources through tools, conferences, support and as part of a church planting network - Crossway Chapel.
Church Planting History at MVCC
MVCC has had the privilege of birthing a handful of churches since its inception in 1993. When we were less than one year old, we sent a team of people to Loveland, CO to plant Heartland Community Church. In July 2001, we unleashed three of our small groups to join together and begin Windsor Community Church. Shortly thereafter, we partnered to help launch Southside Community Church in Johnson City, TN. In the summer of 2005, we sent pastor Tom Harcus and his family (who planted MVCC) to Wilmington, NC to start a new network of like-minded churches on the east coast. In 2009, a team of people was sent to Ault, Colorado to start High Plains Harvest to be a regional church that impacts many small communities in the high plains of Colorado. In 2010, MVCC partnered with other churches on the front range to send Eric Loyer to plant the Remedy Church on the Jersey shore. MVCC has also had the opportunity to partner with indigenous leaders in Czech Republic and Nepal to see church planting movements start in those countries. We thank God for what He has done, but believe by His grace, this is just a beginning and pray the Lord would allow us to see many other churches planted along the front range of Colorado, throughout the US by establishing regional networks of churches, and across the world for the glory of God.
Church Planting Resources
In order to continue to plant churches in the future, MVCC is being very purposeful in raising up leaders and teams to go out. If you are interested in learning more about training opportunities, have a heart for a particular location, or want to learn more about church planting, please contact us.
The Church Planting Catalyst is a conference designed to provide people looking to plant a church or joining a church plant with training and church planting resources.
Church Planting Network - Crossway Chapel
As churches have been planted, and these churches have planted other churches, we have stayed connected to each other as a network of like-minded churches. We share church planting resources and provide encouragement and equipping forums for the pastors and church leaders. Each of these churches, while distinct in many ways, share the same gospel focus and common values. In order to foster the values and benefits of working together, the network was given a name - Crossway Chapel. To find out the latest information on what is happening on the Crossway Chapel movement of churches, visit our Crossway Chapel Network page and visit the network website at www.crosswaychapel.org.
Learn more about the Crossway Chapel Network and the history with Mountain View Community Church in the message below.