Where Should We Plant New Adventist Churches?

250 Largest Cities in Continental USOur message is to go to everyone! The best place is large metro areas where there are lots of people. Other areas can be considered.

 

Too much effort in a few places vs. more effort in the many, many cities—

The work has been confined to a few centers, until the people in them have become gospel hardened. It is difficult to make an impression on those who have heard so much truth and yet have rejected it. In a few places too much has been expended, while many, many cities have been left unwarned and unworked. {Evangelism p. 60.3}

 

Avoid large groups of Adventists; instead go to the dark areas of cities, towns—

It is not the purpose of God that His people should colonize, or settle together in large communities. The disciples of Christ are His representatives upon the earth, and God designs that they shall be scattered all over the country, in the towns, cities, and villages, as lights amidst the darkness of the world.–Testimonies, vol. 8, p. 244. {Christian Service p. 178.1}

 

In large cities there should be many churches—

Sometimes meeting houses can be purchased reasonably—

Securing City Properties.–In every city where the truth is proclaimed, churches are to be raised up. In some large cities there must be churches in various parts of the city. In some places, meetinghouses will be offered for sale at reasonable rates, which can be purchased advantageously.–Letter 168, 1909. {Evangelism p. 377.1}

 

New churches need their own humble church buildings—

Many pre-Adventists will provide money for this to happen—

Financial Help From the Outside.–We all need to be wide awake, that, as the way opens, we may advance the work in the large cities. We are far behind in following the instruction to enter these cities and erect memorials for God. Step by step we are to lead souls into the full light of truth. We are to continue working until a church is organized, and a humble house of worship built. I am greatly encouraged to believe that many persons not of our faith will help considerably by their means. The light given me is that in many places, especially in the great cities of America, help will be given by such persons.–Review and Herald, Sept. 30, 1902. {Evangelism p. 379.3}

 

Some brethren encourage work in small places rather than cities, saying there is less opposition and expense; this is not God’s plan—

The cities need extended and thorough effort—

I dreamed that several of our brethren were in counsel considering plans of labor for this season. They thought it best not to enter the large cities, but to begin work in small places, remote from the cities; here they would meet less opposition from the clergy and would avoid great expense. They reasoned ….it would be difficult to build up a church that would be a strength to the cause. My husband was urging the brethren to make broader plans without delay and put forth, in our large cities, extended and thorough effort that would better correspond to the character of our message. One worker related incidents of his experience in the cities, showing that the work was nearly a failure, but he testified to better success in the small places. {7T 34.1}

One of dignity and authority–One who is present in all our council meetings–was listening with deepest interest to every word. He spoke with deliberation and perfect assurance. “The whole world,” He said, “is God’s great vineyard. The cities and villages constitute a part of that vineyard. These must be worked. Satan will try to interpose himself and discourage the workers, so as to prevent them from giving the message of light and warning in the more prominent as well as in the more secluded places. Desperate efforts will be made to turn the people from truth to falsehood. Angels of heaven are commissioned to co-operate with the efforts of God’s appointed messengers on earth. Ministers must encourage and maintain an unwavering faith and hope, as did Christ, their living Head. They must keep humble and contrite in heart before God.” {7T 34.2}

…We must not hide the truth in the corners of the earth. It must be made known; it must shine in our large cities. …

The heavenly Messenger who was with us said: “Never lose sight of the fact that the message you are bearing is a world-wide message. It is to be given to all cities, to all villages; it is to be proclaimed in the highways and the byways. You are not to localize the proclamation of the message.”…

The Messenger turned to one present and said: “Your ideas of the work for this time are altogether too limited. Your light must not be confined to a small compass, put under a bushel, or under a bed; it must be placed on a candlestick, that it may give light to all that are in God’s house–the world. You must take broader views of the work than you have taken.” {Testimonies vol. 7 p. 36.2}

 

Sometimes church workers and leaders don’t have a passion for the lost of the cities—

Our workers are not reaching out as they should. Our leading men are not awake to the work that must be accomplished. When I think of the cities in which so little has been done, in which there are so many thousands to be warned of the soon coming of the Saviour, I feel an intensity of desire to see men and women going forth to the work in the power of the Spirit, filled with Christ’s love for perishing souls. {Testimonies vol. 7 p. 40.1}

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