1. The multiplication of church plants increase the number of places where people can taste and see that the Lord is good. The Idaho Falls yellow pages list 252 restaurants. Probably, in the greater Idaho Falls area, including Ucon, Iona, Ammon, and Shelley, we would have the options of 300+ places where an individual could go and eat when physically hungry. We are blessed to have such quantity, quality, and variety when it comes to our daily bread in Idaho Falls. So why not have 300+ churches in Idaho Falls? Places where individuals can taste and enjoy the spiritual manna from heaven? Would not this be a cause for rejoicing? Wouldn’t it be great that every community had as many places to spiritually eat as they have to physically eat?
2. The multiplication of church plants establish the proclamation of God’s truth through all types of personalities. Look at the different types of messengers that God has created. Why not let the preaching of God’s Word come through the full spectrum of God’s ambassadors?
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” – Isaiah 52:7
3. The multiplication of church plants is helpful in the way that Idahoans reseed their land and garden plots to secure full coverage, growth, and harvest. It is possible for farmers to overuse their land. But where in Idaho, has there been an over seeding of the gospel or the problem of too many laborers in the harvest field? Consider Rexburg, Idaho and its demographics. Do you think that there is an over saturation of evangelical Christianity in the I-15 Corridor? Do you really believe that biblical Christianity is growing faster than the percentage of increase for the cities? For most of my 45 years, I have lived in Southeastern Idaho. It has never been seriously proposed to me that there is an overabundance of churches that love God, teach the Bible, serve the community, and share gospel grace. We have experienced 150 years of church history in the I-15 Corridor, and in many ways, we are still in the pioneering stages of Christian missions. It has some of “the least infrastructure of traditional Christianity in the nation.” Therefore in 2015, let us not simply maintain or even worse, decline. Let’s advance.
Here is my personal conviction. I believe that every county in America has room for another church planter.