The following is taken from the book Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age by Ed Stetzer:

“Another significant impediment to church planting is the idealistic assumption that denominations should first rescue dying churches before planting new ones. Every church planter has heard the refrain, ‘Why should we start new churches when so many struggle and die?’ However, saving dead and dying churches is much more difficult and ultimately more costly than starting new ones. Some authorities even argue that changing a rigid, tradition-bound congregation is almost impossible. As Lyle Schaller has indicated, even if it is possible, nobody knows how to do it on a large scale basis. Starting new churches is much easier and, perhaps a better overall stewardship of kingdom resources.”

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