Church planting is one of the most effective means of reaching the lost. Currently, over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and by the year 2050, closer to two-thirds of the population will be in urban centers. At the same time, over half of our churches are in rural & small towns, so the opportunity in cities abounds. As we hear in the Parable of the Great Banquet, once the servants invited the more desirable and wealthy and they declined the invitation, the master says, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ We are called to extend such an invitation in our cities.
Resources for planting an urban church focus on urban mission that is centered around Word & Sacrament ministry. This typically involves community development in the inner-city using mercy as a means of outreach. The primary resource is the Mission Field: USA guidebook with its companion e-learning resource. The guidebook includes both the foundational theological understanding of Lutheran missions along with the practical steps needed for starting a new congregation.