Great Plains Gathering
Great Plains Gathering is a church plant in Billings, Montana that seeks to serve our city and its American Indian people. We believe in the Gospel of Jesus and that this message brings hope and peace to those who live in it. Great Plains Gathering is committed to establishing a community here in Billings that is “home” for our brothers and sisters from the many tribes and backgrounds that are represented in our most urban Montana city.
Why church planting?
We also support the Western Church Planting Network.
PCA Pastor Tim Keller answers that question in his excellent article “Being the Church in our Culture”:
“Numerous new churches are the only way to really expand the number of Christians in a city. New churches reach the non-churched far more effectively than longer-existing churches. Dozens of studies confirm that the average new church gains most of its new members from the ranks of people who are not attending any worshipping body, while churches over 10-15 years of age gain 80-90% of new members by transfer from other congregations. This means that the average new congregation will bring new people into the life of the Body of Christ at 6-8 times the rate of an older congregation of the same size. …
Planting lots of new churches is one of the best ways to renew existing churches. New churches bring new ideas to the whole Body. It is the new churches that have freedom to be innovative and they become the ‘Research and Development’ department for the whole Body in the city. …
We firmly believe that the vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for reaching a city. Nothing else–not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, mega-churches, consulting, nor church renewal processes–will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting. This is an eyebrow raising statement. But to those who have done any study of the subject, it is not even controversial.”