When I was expecting my second child, I vividly remember wondering how I would have enough love to go around. It seemed his older sister took all the love I had to give. What if I couldn’t love this new child, too? Well, he was born and suddenly I understood. My ability to love expanded with my family and it did again at the birth of his little sister. But sometimes in the church, we act like God only has so much love to pass around and that if someone else gets some it means we don’t. I sometimes hear, “What’s the point of starting a new church when there are others failing nearby?” The reality is that churches don’t stay around forever unless they are able to recapture again and again their vision of a future where people becoming new Christ followers matters more than anything else. But starting new churches only to help perpetuate the species, so to speak, ignores the strength of God’s love in our lives that creates a powerful desire to help others be new Christ followers. It’s not a mathematical decision any more than the decision to have a baby. While new churches, like babies, need a lot of care early on, they also have the most energy, desire and often, ability, to draw new people into a relationship with Christ, much more so than the average existing church. “Go make of all disciples (Christ followers),” Jesus said. God’s love drives real, honest to goodness Christ followers to introduce others to Jesus Christ, too. Our love for existing churches cannot keep us from also making and loving new disciples as Jesus told us to do. God loves new and existing churches, for as Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” A new church is just one more way to tell the amazing story of Jesus alongside her existing sister churches.