Church Planting

With 80 to 85 percent of churches in America either plateauing or in decline, an urgent plea for discipleship, revitalization, and church planting exists.[1] To sustain the current pace of population growth, American churches would need to plant 2,900 new churches every year.[2] Only 12 percent of Americans attend church on any given Sunday with 20 percent of people leaving their church every year—this would require a visitor rate of at least 30 percent of the church’s size just to grow.

Unfortunately, 7,000 churches close their doors every year, and only 4,000 open. It is approximated that 15,000 church plants are needed each year to keep up with the population growth.

Church planting exists as one of the most effective means of following the Great Commission in multiplicative disciple-making. However, it’s not really church planting that should grab out concentration—we should be more focused on a threefold pronged approach of multiplicative disciple-making, revitalize, plant, and grow the church, healthily.

[1] Aubrey Malphurs, Look Before You Lead, 200.
[2] David T. Olson, The American Church in Crisis, 181.

A Message From Matthew

Dr. Fretwell has an unmatched hunger for lostness, communities, and the effectual spread of the gospel. Behind each church plant and every planter he’s trained, a story exists—an incredible story about new gatherings of people, local communities changed, missionary and spiritual endeavors, and miraculous redemption stories of the hurting, suffering, addicted, and downtrodden individuals. Matt passionately follows the Great Commission and the biblical principles of the early church. Church planting is one of the most effective forms of evangelism when it begins with reproducible disciple-making. 


How Matt can help you.

As an innovator, visionary, and systems implementer, Matt can help you solidify your vision and mission to be lived out with practicality. Many people have models and programs but have no idea how to implement strategies that work, strategies that are uniquely designed to fit the DNA of the church or church plant, or how to effectively engage the community.   


Need Leadership Training?

As an ex-restauranteur, owner/operator, church planter, executive director of non-profits, and pastor, Matt understands administrative leadership and the great need for organizations and churches to build pipelines and develop leaders. 

One of the great dilemmas is  “hiring” from without instead of discipling and training from within, to grow aspiring leaders with the organization’s DNA. 

Matt can help you establish the proper leadership implementation. Contact him today for scheduling a consultation. 


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