Hisportic Christian Mission

Hisportic Christian Mission

Email this page
Print this page

Why Plant New Churches?

Church planting is the most effective means of evangelizing people for Christ.

  • Ethnic churches help new immigrants adjust to their new life in America. Churches are generally formed before clubs and associations. It is in these settings that family, social, and recreational bonds are strengthened.
  • HCM reaches a young population with the Christian faith. Immigrants are young, in their 20’s and 30’s. New families are being formed. In a day when the general population is aging, immigrants represent a younger and more dynamic segment of the population.
  • New ethnic churches will impact our society for future generations. Ethnics comprise the fastest-growing segment of society. Conversion of young ethnic children will result in securing the future for Jesus Christ and His church.
  • New churches renew the church. If Christianity is to grow in North America, new churches must be planted. Attrition, aging, and death must be counteracted with strong, vigorous new churches.
  • There are over 100 communities of 1,000 or more Portuguese-speaking persons on the East Coast of America from New Hampshire to Washington, D.D. (Florida).
  • The changing demographics of America’s population compel evangelical churches to evangelize and plant churches among ethnic populations. Ethnic populations are growing.

The Obstacles and Challenges

There may be obstacles and challenges faced in planting an ethnic church. These include:  

  • Population Transiency
    The new church’s primary target is Portuguese-speaking Brazilians who have been in the United States ten years of less.  Such people are highly mobile and move often. 
  • Property Barriers
    Overcoming the property barrier and finding an adequate, affordable place to meet can often be challenging. Many churches meet in storefronts or warehouse areas. Brazilian worship services are primarily held in the evening. If a church is available in the target area and would provide space for worship and/or an office for the evangelist, this would be financially beneficial.
  • Stewardship
    Christian giving increases with Christian maturity. The church’s focus will be to reach the non-Christian. Building a self-supporting church from new Christians can be difficult. However, since Brazilian Christians generally contribute $1,000 per year to their churches, a church of 80 members can be self-sufficient.
  • Project Support
    Supporting churches and individuals may not be able to fulfill their commitments. This will cause the amount of funds available for the project to drop. However, as the church’s income increases, it will require less funding by participating partners. Outside funding should not be necessary beyond the fourth year of the project.
  • Membership Loss
    All churches lose members. They leave through transfer, death, and disinterest. Losses can also occur due to theological disagreement and sinful personal behavior.

Click here to return to the home page.