Church Planting in the Secular West: Learning from the European Experience
Author: Stefan Paas
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In Church Planting in the Secular West, evangelist, church planter, and theologian Stefan Paas offers an expert study of church planting in the most secular part of contemporary Europe. Paas provides thoughtful analysis of reasons and motives for missionary church planting in Europe, and he explores successful and unsuccessful strategies in that post-Christian secularized context.
Drawing in part on his own involvement with planting two churches in the Netherlands, Paas explores confessional motives, growth motives, and innovation motives for church planting in Europe, tracing them back to different traditions and reflecting on them from theological and empirical perspectives. He presents examples from the European context and offers sound advice for improving existing missional practices. Paas also draws out lessons for North America in a chapter coauthored with Darrell Guder and John Franke. Finally, Paas weaves together the various threads in the book with a theological defense of church planting.
Presenting new research as it does, Church Planting in the Secular West will add significantly to a fuller understanding of church planting in our contemporary context.
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