My short answer is that existing churches often lose their ability to reach local population segments with the gospel. They frequently die a slow death characterized by an aging and displaced congregation that loses touch with their local community. Their “church culture” doesn’t connect with the culture of those who need to know Jesus and follow him. So, we watch the gradual demise of the older, “traditional” church among a community that desperately needs the gospel and a relevant church.
Enter church planters and their teams seeking to start new communities of Christ-followers. A good bit has been written on the subject and a number of church planter "boot camps" now exist. If you really want to learn the ends and outs of church planting, enroll in CIU’s MA Intercultural Studies or the MA Global Studies programs. Meanwhile, those who live in the Columbia area might want to take advantage of an upcoming Acts 29 church planting conference.
Posted by Mike