Ev 61 Church Planting: Past, Present and Future

Church planting was hailed in the 1980s and 1990s as a significant way forward for church growth, and many denominations made commitments to plant new churches. But the targets set were unrealistic, and planting was harder than many had anticipated.

What can be learnt from this, and what is the way forward? This study looks carefully at the encouragements as well as hard lessons, and the future shape of a practice that must continue to be an indispensable missionary strategy for the churches.
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Author: Revd George Lings

George is director of The Sheffield Centre, Church Army's research unit. He has been an Anglican minister of local churches in Essex, Surrey and Kent, and has had wide practical experience of church planting. Both George and Stuart have written extensively on aspects of church planting and mission.

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Author: Dr Stuart Murray

Stuart spent 12 years as an urban church planter in Tower Hamlets (East London) and was Oasis Director of Church Planting and Evangelism at Spurgeon's College, London. He now oversees Urban Expression, a pioneering urban church planting agency, and is chair of the UK Anabaptist Network.

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