Russell Burrill discovered that in their commitment to being a movement in their early years in the USA, Adventist pastors planted churches, equipped members, and moved on to plant again. Local churches did not have paid pastors ‘hovering’ over them. In the –
1870s 1 new church was planted each year for every 2 ordained pastors
1880s 1 new church each year for every 5 or 6 ordained pastors
1890s 1 new church each year for every 4 ordained pastors
To calculate what a movement could look like today in your State or region, simply find out the number of pastors and divide by 2 for the 1870s equivalent, 5 or 6 for the 1880s, and 4 for the 1990s equivalent.
50 pastors = 25 new churches each year (at the 1870s rate)!
100 pastors = 50 new churches each year (at the 1870s rate)!
Note, this is each year – on top of the churches planted by members!