New Churches in Evansville

Matt Brunton put together this compelling fundraising video. He really hits home on the need for new churches along side of the old.

A note of trivia: The bench in the first scene is the same one I’m sitting on in the picture on my about page. Downtown Newburgh is also where we took some fun wedding photos.

I am always inspired to see other local people fighting the good fight.

Some Evansville church plants that I’ve been praying for:

7 Responses to “New Churches in Evansville”

  1. 1 Pete November 21, 2007 at 2:11 am

    Hmmmm… I don’t want to come across as denigrating this guys approach. I can see where he’s coming from and I applaud his inspired efforts.

    I often wonder if more churches are the answer or do we just need to change the way we do church (and maybe that’s part of this guys plan as well).

    That usually leaves me with more questions than answers!

    I could write about this one forever Billy, but I’ve just finished work and I’m hungry for food for my body, not my soul! But I’ll say a quick prayer for this guy that the passion and energy he has for this project sees God’s will be done.

  2. 2 Billy Chia November 21, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Yes, we need more churches and we need to change the way we do church.

    The population continues to grow but we aren’t planting enough new churches to keep up with all the new people. In fact there are fewer churches in American today per person than there were in 1900! (See Ron Sylvia’s Starting New Churches on Purpose)

    Evansville and Newburgh are both growing areas. The churches we currently have are Amazing, but they aren’t growing fast enough to reach all of the new people that are moving into the area.

    The questions is not “Do we need more churches?”

    We absolutely do.

    The question is, “how can established churches in an area help support church planters?”

    Planting is a perilous and difficult task. Many new plants fail, but when new church plants succeed the Kingdom succeeds.

  3. 3 Pete November 23, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Point taken Billy, I probably shouldn’t be commenting, at least in the negative, on a church community halfway around the world. We live in different places with different needs. All the best.

  4. 4 Billy Chia November 26, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Good call-different communities do have different needs. Although I think you are on to something…

    How do established churches need to change?

    Statistically new churches are more efficient in reaching new people for Jesus than established churches, but why is that? Is it simply becuase they are new or are there other factors?

    Could establishes churches (which were all church plants at some point) change to become more like a church plant in order to be more effective at evangelism?

  5. 5 Pete November 28, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Timely questions Billy. We were just presented with our financial status on the weekend, and we’ve just come out of our third year running at a loss. If you wanted to see the symptoms of a dying church, I’d say just come and spend some time with us.

    Some big challenges ahead…

  6. 6 Billy Chia November 28, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Ouch, yeah sounds like a big challenge. I’ll be in prayer for you guys.

  7. 7 bobby December 20, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Another reason we need new churches. Yeah, we need to change how we do church, but changing an established and rooted church can be close to impossible at times. Of course all things are possible with God, but I’ve seen the practical effects of trying to turn a big ship.

    Sometimes it’s easier to give birth than to raise the dead.

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