Why Church Planting?
McLean Bible Church has been a beacon of hope for more than 50 years. God has used our church tremendously to reach many in our city with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, there is more work that lies ahead of us, and we recognize that we can't tackle it alone. We need hundreds of mighty churches, all working together toward the same goal. For this reason, we are launching a new church planting network called the New City Network, which we pray God will use to renew and establish more Gospel-centered churches throughout metropolitan Washington. Two ways you can stay up-to-date on New City Network progress and events are by subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter updates and "Prayer Warriors" planter prayer requests (select "Clint Clifton - Church Planting" to sign up by clicking the image below).
New City aims to multiply and equip Gospel-centered churches in Metro DC by:
We recognize that there are many faithful churches in the Metro area working to Make Jesus known. With this in mind we seek to encourage like-minded church planting and revitalization initiatives in the greater Washington DC area by providing resources such as training, coaching and funding for those seeking to plant new churches and restore vitality to older ones. We intend to give special interest to serving those working among ethnic minorities.
We are seeking to organize a simple family of churches dedicated to reproducing faithful churches throughout Metro DC. The network is made up of new and existing churches that meet the network guidelines and desire to participate. Check out our list of partnering churches!
It is our intention to produce a training system that is reproducible in churches of various sizes and adequately prepares equips biblically qualified men and their teams to plant new evangelical churches in Metro DC. One element of our training is the Church Planting Thresholds Course, which is open to anyone interested in learning more about and actually walking through the practical steps necessary to start a new church. This ten-month course begins in July 2016.
Advocating for Church Planting and the Great Commission
We desire to help members and attendees of McLean Bible Church and other churches in the region to understand the Biblical rationale for church planting and to familiarize them with need for new churches in Metro DC. In turn, we hope this motivates them to participate in local church planting initiatives. Our intro to church planting class, "Church Planting Primer," is now available online for anyone wanting to learn more about church planting and how every Christian can be involved.