This vision for SATURATION CHURCH PLANTING is not only for developing nations. It is for all nations including those in Europe, Latin America and North America.
Most leaders of existing churches do not get nervous thinking about a house church movement if it is located half a world away. However, if it is taking place within their city, there can be quite a different reaction.
We shout the praises of God for all the Chinese who are getting saved because of the house church movement in China. However, the shouting stops and sometimes becomes a growl of protest if that movement arrives in our town.
Why? Many fear that it will cause a division within their own church body and draw away some of their people.
It would be good if we could see this house church movement as a multiplying of congregations. Then every church within a given city could become active in multiplying congregations, rather than trying to build one giant congregation.
We would be challenged in the area of raising up new leaders. We should be doing this training of leaders anyway.
“The field is the world” (Matt 13:38). It is always the right time to reach all unsaved people all over the world.
No one should say, “Hey, do not start a church there. That is MY territory!” There is no church that is reaching all the unsaved in any city, or even in any neighborhood. We need all the help we can get to reach out to those in need.
If a house church movement will speed up the evangelization of my city, I want to start as many house churches as I can. I want to see that they multiply. I also want to encourage any other pastor who loves Jesus. I encourage him (or her) to multiply congregations within my city or any other city.
DEVELOP UNPAID LAY LEADERS
Some people are concerned that multiplying house churches will lead to unqualified leaders. There is a concern that inept leaders will cause heresy and ignorance to grow.
This argument assumes that the rapid multiplication of congregations will empty our supply of qualified leaders. Some think that such multiplication will make it necessary to set over house churches men and women that God cannot use.
We need to keep in mind that Jesus did not go to the religious institutions of His day to pick leaders for His church. He chose men who were ignorant fishermen and plain everyday laymen. Then He empowered them with the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
God loves to use little things and weak things. Consider the following passage:
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise: and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.
“And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence” (1Cor 1:26-29 kjv).