From 2014 to 2019, the number of churches in the U.S. closing their doors each year grew from 3700 to 4500, while the number of new churches planted dropped from 4000 to 3000.
Those numbers have only grown worse since the pandemic. The church growth rate today is only half that of the population growth rate.
These numbers represent a significant loss of the presence of Christian witness in North America.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can have a powerful impact on the spiritual landscape of North America.
There are two prongs to this pursuit.
As our churches grow in health and the rhythm of renewal through the means of grace, our heart for the lost and commitment to neighbor love in Jesus’s name will also grow.
The multiplication of churches that will be faithful to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed faith, and obedient to the great commission will take the prayer-saturated, collaborative effort of our whole denomination.
The Lord’s fields are ripe, and it will take all of us to bring in his harvest.
The glory of the knowledge of the Lord will fill the earth as the waters cover the sea. Jesus is on mission in our secular age to advance his kingdom. Mission to North America serves the PCA for the expansion of churches that are faithful to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission.
By the grace of God our church will prayerfully accomplish this by
We invite every church, presbytery, committee, and agency to join us in the challenge to pray that our Lord grants the unity, collaboration, love, sacrifice, and perseverance that is required to pursue this vision.
The programs, staff, and projects required to grow to 3,000 churches will take the generosity of God’s people, united in pursuit of this vision. We are inviting you to give to this good work.
MNA’s various ministries are wonderful resources for established PCA churches and church plants. We help equip and train churches and congregants for faithful kingdom mission. We invite you to engage with MNA ministries, enabling us to come alongside you as you seek to faithfully love neighbors in Jesus’ name.
We face a significant challenge. In the last decade, we’ve witnessed a decrease in the church growth rate, both within our denomination and across the country. But this challenge only strengthens our resolve.
We’re forging a multi-pronged approach to reverse this trend. Our strategy targets both ends of the spectrum – reducing church closures and increasing church planting efforts to match population growth. If we, as a collective body of the PCA, can meet just 0.25% of the need for new churches in the next ten years, it would mean planting 2,500 new churches. We aim to do more than that.