Church Planting in Europe: Connecting to Society, Learning from Experience

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Evert Van de Poll, Joanne Appleton
Wipf and Stock Publishers, May 28, 2015 - Religion - 290 pages
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Church leaders and those who endeavor to plant new churches in Europe today face tremendous challenges, not least because the church itself is considered by many to be outdated, irrelevant, or even an abusive sect.
Drawing on a wealth of experience, Church Planting in Europe helps to answer the question of how churches can become more relevant to the societies in which they exist. From biblical and missiological reflections to case studies and practical examples, the book gives insights into many of the key issues that church planters and those concerned with "missionary" renewal of existing churches are grappling with. Special attention is paid to the sociocultural and religious characteristics of Europe, which is marked by secularization, new forms of spirituality, and a unique Christian heritage, asking, what are typical barriers and bridges for the communication of the gospel?
The contributors represent a wide variety of backgrounds and contexts across Europe and this is reflected in the breadth of topics covered. The chapters were presented during the Mission in Europe Symposium in Belgium (July 2014), and the highlights of the discussions afterwards are also included. The result is a valuable resource for church leaders, mission practitioners, and theologians alike.
 

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Contents

BIBLICAL REFLECTIONS
13
How to Create a Jesus Movement of Multiplying Churches
42
Planting Churches Like Jesus
46
CHURCH IN EUROPE
65
Church Planting Connected to Society
80
Understanding Europe Today and Signs of Hope
90
Typical Barriers and Bridges for the Gospel in Europe
119
What Kind of Church for Postmodern Europeans?
137
CHURCH PLANTERS
179
Age Distribution of the Church Planters
195
Workable Ways to Start Healthy Reproducing Churches
227
From Contact Making to Multiplication
235
Teacher Passive Student the Negative Example
241
CASE STUDIES
247
Pacto por la Evangelizacion de Cordoba 257
257
The Balkan Project
263

The Church in a Multicultural Society
148
Muslims in Europe and the Need for Church Planting
163
List of Contributors
269
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Evert Van de Poll lives in France, where he is pastor with the French Baptist Federation and involved in church development. He is professor of religious science and missiology at the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Leuven, and a mission consultant teaching in various countries. Joanne Appleton is a writer and researcher interested in mission and church planting in Europe, and coeditor of Vista.

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