PLNTD is a decentralized network focused on establishing and multiplying confessional church-planting churches. We seek to do this through providing rich resources, intentional relationships, and accessible church-based ministries, including assessment, training and coaching. It is our firm conviction that to fulfill the Great Commission inherently means that we must embrace the call to plant churches, and no one else is given that stewardship more than the local church.
PLNTD exists because we believe in the local church and embrace the call of the Great Commission. PLNTD is a decentralized network of churches and church planters fostering kingdom partnerships around the framework of being gospel-centered, missionally driven, distinctively Baptist, and confessionally Reformed.
Our purpose is derived from text and context. Textually, we see that church planting is the natural outcome of enduring commitment to the Great Commission. Contextually, we believe that a church-based network is not only the best way to advance God’s kingdom in an area but also the best place for church planters to be trained and supported. It is our desire to be able to facilitate both: developing church planters as well as church planting churches.
Vision: in the church | by the church | for the church
The vision of PLNTD is twofold: to cultivate community for church planters and assist churches in the process of becoming church planting churches.
PLNTD . . . in the church
We believe the most natural place from which church planting should originate is the local church. Simply put, churches reproduce churches. If the work of church planting is outsourced to parachurch organizations, denominational entities or conventions, then we are asking them to do for the church what they were neither authorized nor equipped to accomplish. The seed for church planting should find fertile soil in every gospel-centered church. Believing this to be true, PLNTD wants to bring the responsibility of church planting back to its most natural context.
PLNTD . . . by the church
Jesus Christ has given to every local church the call to plant churches. Inherent to the Great Commission is the call to advance the kingdom of God through church planting. Therefore, the responsibility lies at the feet of covenant communities of God’s people scattered throughout to be good stewards of the gospel in making disciple-making disciples who are gathered together as church planting churches. Through cooperation, churches can assist, encourage, and support one another in remaining fervent and faithful in this glorious task.
PLNTD . . . for the church
Because Christ has promised to build His church, we are committed to the expansion of His kingdom through church planting. Churches exist for Jesus Christ, and He is glorified when they are multiplied. We belong to Jesus Christ, and the Great Commission belongs to us; therefore, we are united to Him in pursuing the mission of God through church multiplication. Together, these realities fuel a passion for church planting and give a kingdom perspective knowing that we are stewards of the very purposes Christ has promised to fulfill to the praise of His glory.