Congregational governance under Christ’s Lordship is another distinguishing mark of a Baptist church. A church may be baptistic in every other aspect, but if she does not have a form of congregational governance, she cannot be counted as a Baptist church.
More churches, and more pastors for our existing churches, will happen as we identify more God-called men, set them apart as ministry leaders, and equip them for pastoral ministry.
If we do these well, we will reach more people for Christ, and we might have to move to a larger facility, or start a new worship service, or even a new church.
Church leaders can do everything other than evangelism that they want to do…but none of it will avert the downturn in Southern Baptist life.