In his book, The American Church in Crisis, David T. Olson asserts that:
The critical factor for the health of any denomination is the successful birthing of new churches. Without new birth, the species has no other option but to decline and eventually become extinct.
In the past forty (40) years, Ohio has not experienced any significant growth in the number of churches. In fact, our church planting efforts have essentially replaced those congregations that have closed. Faced with such a reality, the third prong of Ohio Ministries' vision is to lead a church multiplication initiative whereby we will plant fifty (50) new churches in the next decade. In order to realize this goal, Ohio Ministries has developed The Fig Tree Project wherein we are challenging congregations to adopt a philosophy of multiplication.
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