At TEL International, we believe that Church planting is the primary task of missions. There are many gifts and callings in the body of Christ, but all of them are to work together on the mission field towards the primary goal of planting a biblical church. It is one thing to do mass evangelism and to boast of the numbers of decisions; it is quite another to establish a biblical church.
Jesus said in Matthew 28, “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 obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). While the times and culture have greatly changed, the impact of our Lord’s words are just as clear and convincing. The church is called to continue the work and ministry that Jesus began! The Apostle Paul and the early church leaders evangelized their world through new, Christ-centered churches – we are called to do the same.
Planting new churches is a key strategy for evangelism and discipleship. There is no greater tool for touching unchurched people with the love of Christ. By faith, we plant and nurtures churches in consultation and partnership with local pastors so that: local churches are actively involved in evangelism, teaching, and discipleship; new unreached groups are evangelized; believers know how to interpret and apply Scripture to their culture; each congregation has church leaders committed to ongoing learning and leadership development, and Christ’s concern is expressed through holistic development.