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 2020 ERC Church Plants!

 

  • §  Pennsylvania:

Turning Point: Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Providence Lampeter: meeting at Lancaster Country Day School, Lampeter, Pa.

Visionpointe: Manchester, Pa.

Exponentialchurch.tv: Harrisburg, Pa.

Solid Rock Church: Osceola Mills, Pa.

New Horizons: Manheim, Pa.

Treasures of Heaven: Denver, Pa.

Mosaic Ministries: Lancaster, Pa.

Reality Church: Robertsdale, Pa.

  • §  North Carolina

REC Church: Wake Forest, Nc.

Lumen Church: Chapel Hill, Nc.

Orchard Church movement: Asheville, Nc., Atlanta, Ga., and Greensboro, Nc.

Last Days World Harvest: Raleigh, Nc. and Hillsborough, Nc.

The Transformation Church: Zebulon, Nc.

  • §  South Carolina

Epic Church: Bluffton, Sc.

Aqua Viva Church: Bluffton, Sc.

  • §  Latino:

Columbia, Pa., Middletown, Pa., York, Pa.: Caleb and Christina Acosta

  • §  Liberian (affiliated):

New Beginning International Ministries: Oakland, Ca., Columbus, Oh.

Church of Christ: Bristol, Pa.

 

Book and Blog List
  • How to Multiply Your Church: The Most Effective Way to Grow God's Kingdom
    How to Multiply Your Church: The Most Effective Way to Grow God's Kingdom
    by Ralph Moore
  • Starting a New Church: The Church Planter's Guide to Success
    Starting a New Church: The Church Planter's Guide to Success
    by Ralph Moore
  • Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch
    Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch
    by Nelson Searcy; Kerrick Thomas
  • Starting New Churches on Purpose
    Starting New Churches on Purpose
    by Ron Sylvia
  • Planting Fast-Growing Churches
    Planting Fast-Growing Churches
    by Stephen Gray

                                                                                          

  • Church Planting Landmines
    Church Planting Landmines
    by Tom Nebel & Gary Rohrmayer
  • Church Planting from the Ground Up
    Church Planting from the Ground Up
    College Press Publishing Company
  • In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
    In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
    by Mark Batterson
  • Sticky Church [STICKY CHURCH]
    Sticky Church [STICKY CHURCH]
    Zondervan
  • Spin-Off Churches: How One Church Successfully Plants Another
    Spin-Off Churches: How One Church Successfully Plants Another
    by Rodney Harrison, Tom Cheyney, Don Overstreet
  • Full Disclosure
    Full Disclosure
    by Stephen Gray and Barry Smith
  • Parent Church Landmines
    Parent Church Landmines
    by Ben Ingebretson and Tom Nebel
  • Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)
    Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)
    by Ed Stetzer, Warren Bird
  • Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity
    Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity
    by Mark Batterson
  • The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
    The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
    by Mark Batterson
  • It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It
    It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It
    by Craig Groeschel
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Top 10 reasons to stop planting churches in the ERC (wink, wink)

The Top 10 reasons to stop planting churches in the ERC:

  1. Too many new churches are requiring our focus, resources, and vision to be given to God’s Great Commission and Great Commandment: we’ve had to give from our resources like our Endowment Fund and a special bequeathing to provide for almost two dozen ERC modern-day missionaries/church planters, (and future ones), in order to reach today’s non-Christian culture throughout our region
  2. Too many community needs are being met: one church plant did free community dinners to benefit medical and educational needs in their community
  3. Too many lives are being improved internationally: one plant gave water filtration buckets to Africa
  4. Too many established churches are supporting church plants as an extension of their mission: churches giving vans, equipment, resources, and use of their buildings to these new churches
  5. Too many different ethnic churches are bringing diversity to the ERC: Latino ministries, African American plants, and Liberian church planters are joining our now multi-cultural ERC family
  6. Too many “God stories” are being told all the time: enough already on the ministering to the poor and hurting in Harrisburg, Zebulon, Manheim, Asheville, Mechanicsburg, Raleigh . . .
  7. Too many new leaders are being trained for ministry: more than 420 people from the ERC – from new and existing churches - have used planting and its leadership conferences, workshops, seminars, internships, retreats, and apprenticeships to help develop their ministry and leadership skills
  8. Too many new approaches and strategies are being modeled, shared, and used to reach more people for the Lord: one church plant uses community block parties – including the Game Truck – to invite people and kids to church – and then helps to teach new outreach principles to some of our established churches and pastors
  9. Too many financial resources are already being given back by these church plants: almost $40,000 in tithing received back by the ERC, just by churches planted in the last 3 years
  10. Too many funding dollars are producing too many churches: with planting all different sizes and types of churches, our goal of 20 churches by 2020 has been replaced by God providing us the opportunity to support 23 planting projects by 2013 -with our funding support per project averaging less than $20,000
  11.  Too many people are accepting Jesus: more than 220 at one of our church plants alone

Oops, that’s 11.  As you can tell, it’s time for the ERC to stop planting churches: too much . . . is too much.  Afterall, do we want to keep seeing more new ERC churches like the Orchard Asheville NC 

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