Latin America Needs Church Planting Too

| March 12, 2015

In the last 10 years Tim Keller has become one of the most prominent voices calling for renewed faith in the gospel of Christ and reformed ministry practices that conform fully to the Scriptures. I remember hearing his sermon on practicing a gospel-centered ministry at The Gospel Coalition’s first National Conference in 2007. That sermon was key for the transformation of many ministries and churches to better reflect God’s Word. My prayer for the last few years has been that the church in Latin America would experience a similar awakening, where the gospel is central and the Bible is the foundation for everything in life.

Keller is the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and along with Don Carson, co-founder of The Gospel Coalition. I corresponded with Keller about the upcoming TGC Spanish pre-conference and church planting in Latin America.

One of the topics of the conference in church planting. Why is this an important topic for the church in Latin America today?

New churches are four- to six-times more effective than older churches at reaching non-churched and non-Christians. That means that, in general, unless you always have a good proportion of a city’s churches that are new (less than 10 years old), you won’t really be…

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