Inland Hills Community Church is committed to planting churches in partnership with us and supporting church plants not formally partnered with us. We believe that the Kingdom of God is diverse and that the need to “Go and Make Disciples” (Matt 28:18-20) is best served through many churches working together in unity & Spirit as Jesus prayed for (John 17:20-26).
Finding our reasons from within scripture, Inland Hills is committed to advancing God’s Kingdom through church planting. Within the city of a new church plant, we seek to establish a presence in the local organizations, begin building small groups from those people not currently attending church and then join those small groups for a Sunday morning church service.
Biblical Foundations for Church Planting
- Church planting is a central part of God’s mission to form a new people of God (Ephesians 1:3-14, 1 Peter 2:4-10).
- Christ loves the church and promised to build it (Matthew 16:18)
- God grows His church by adding to those who are saved (1 Corinthians 3:6, Acts 2:47).
- God’s plan goes beyond rescuing the lost to transforming lives, families and communities (Parable of salt and light — Matthew 5:13-16; of yeast — Matthew 13:33; and ministry of Jesus and apostles).
- The Great Commission implicitly includes church planting (teaching, baptizing, discipling all nations — Matthew 28:18-20).
- The task of evangelism is complete only when people are brought into the fold of the church (Luke 14:23, 15:1-10).
- The book of Acts demonstrates that new churches are the normal and necessary result of evangelism and disciple-making. Church planting was central to the Pauline understanding and practice of mission (Romans 15:19-20, 1 Corinthians 3:5-6).
- Jesus will not return until there is a witness to every ethnic group (Matthew 24:14).
*Scriptural references courtesy of Biblical Foundations for Church Planting (https://go.efca.org/resources/document/biblical-foundations-church-planting)