Some more interesting findings from the NCLS study on the effectiveness of church planting. It's not a new study (2003) but you can assume the trends have continued.
Green represents the size of a denomination relative to others. Blue represents the relative amount of church planting a denomination is undertaking.
So why are the largest denominations either unable or reluctant to start new churches? Why is a movement that represents little more than 10% of the church going population planting 45% of the new churches in Australia?
What would the Anglican figures look like if you took out the Sydney diocese? What about if we added in non-Anglican churches started in other places by leaders who developed and trained by Sydney?
John Wesley, that great Anglican clergyman, proclaimed, "The world is my parish." There's something about dynamic movements that propels them into the world to proclaim the gospel and plant churches.