The "State of Church Planting USA" study was based on interviews with more than 100 leaders from a range of different denominations, 200 church-planting churches and some 45 church-planting networks. Stetzer, who headed up the project, said the results surprised him in many respects.
Key findings of the six-months-long effort include the following:
1) Interest in church planting is growing rapidly. The pace of church planting has accelerated dramatically in recent years. A simple Google search on the term "church planting," for example, now returns over 1 million hits. While only two mainstream books were published on church planting from 1996 to 2002, no fewer than 10 have been released in the last five years, with several more on the horizon. Equally important, church planting has become a preferred ministry option, with denominations and individual churches reporting that many of their "best...
After seeing the article it looks like the main thing they are planting are weeds! "The Only Gospel, Only the Gospel"
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: The life of faith that is began by faith had its beginning at a point in time and continues on throughout that life. What keeps people from being in a relationship with God is their sin. It is not because of their past or any surrounding social, cultural, or environmental issues. So changing or reforming those settings will do nothing to meet their spiritual needs. Only the truth of the Gospel message provides lasting and enduring hope and relief. This precious lifesaving and lifegiving Gospel message is unchanging, sufficient and exclusive. Be that message changed in anyway - whether by adding to it or taking away from it or substitutions made for parts of it, it becomes ineffective and powerless to realize its potential.... ... Jew and Gentile alike, were being saved by believing the same gospel message, and only that gospel message. And so continues the work of the Spirit of God, through the Word of God, in saving souls today.