The fact is that Christianity is rapidly declining in America…17.7% of the American population [attend] church on any given weekend (2004) and established churches showed zero percent growth. The one bright spot [is] church planting. Church plants [add] an increase of 7.8%…no time in American history has the need for new churches been more critical. New church planters are needed now to scale back the decline and death of existing churches. In order to survive Christ’s church must be replanted in every generation.
— Joel Comiskey, Planting Churches that Reproduce (p28)