Church Planting

Matthew 28:19-­20 describes the mission of the church: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded.”

The church is a gathering of redeemed individuals who are corporately sent out by the Son with the guidance and assistance of the Holy Spirit to redeem and save the lost and the world.  We need to assess how effectively the church is fulfilling its mission.

Tim Keller says this about church planting:

The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city and 2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else – not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega­churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes – will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting. This is an eyebrow raising statement. But to those who have done any study at all, it is not even controversial.

According to Keller, the best way to evangelise the lost and to keep existing churches from dying is the continual planting of new churches.  The mission of church planting mirrors the mission of the church: the goal is simply to reach people who are far from Christ and to declare the Gospel that renews and redeems all things.

United Community Church is convinced that the best way to reach people in Helsinki and the capital region of Finland is by continually planting new churches, in line with our belief that it is the mission of our church to declare the gospel of Jesus Christ for the good of all people living in our cities.  We hope that you will partner with us in this endeavour and become involved in intentional church planting.