Redemption Church is a new church in Lakeland that desires to start churches throughout central Florida. The New Testament teaches that one of the primary ways to engage in the mission of God is through the starting of churches.
We believe that the Lakeland-area, in particular, is primed for and in need of a church planting movement for several compelling reasons:
1. Least Bible-Minded
Central Florida is one of the “least-Bible minded” areas in the U.S., meaning that the Bible is not informing people’s lives, careers, parenting, marriages, view of God, etc. Barna Research shows that the Central Florida cities rank among the lowest in the nation. Orlando ranks 65th and Tampa ranks 63rd. This clearly bleeds into Lakeland. It is estimated that over 100,000 residents in Lakeland do not attend any church.
2. Fastest Growing Areas
Central Florida is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. According to Forbes, Orlando ranks 13th in the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Lakeland is expected to grow by 20,000 residents or almost 10% in the next 4 years (via demographic statistics from Passion for Planting).
3. Church Planting Is an Evangelism Tool
Church Planting is the most effective form of evangelism known to man. Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird in their book Viral Churches found that established churches baptize 3.4 people per 100 members. While church plants average 11.7 per 100. “The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city…” – Tim Keller.