Launching Large

Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 12.37.32 PMIt’s pretty safe to say that the early church in the book of Acts launched large.

Acts 1 and 2 tells us that the first church went from a core group of 12 to 120 believers to over 3,000 believers overnight. Acts 2:47 says, “Each day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.” The number of believers actually grew daily! And Acts 4:4 tells us that many of the people who heard the disciples’ message believed it, and the number of believers totaled about 5000 men, not counting women and children. Conservative estimates put the number of believers around 20,000.

In the first year after Christ’s death, the number of believers grew from 120 to 220,000. So, not only is crazy, go-big, huge growth possible, it’s biblical!  Like the early church of Acts, your church, if growth is a part of your and your people’s vision, can grow beyond what you could ever imagine. New church launches are vibrant, life changing, living organisms positioned to impact communities in a great way by bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relevant way to a desperate, hungry, lost, fast-moving and ever-changing world. God’s vision and plans for new churches today are limitless. I believe the greatest churches in the world are yet to be launched. You could be the pastor of one of those churches! I challenge you to stop planting and start launching.