The End of The World as We Know It: Church-planting in postmodern Europe

Author: Richard Tiplady, European Christian Mission, UK Director.

Abstract:

Mission strategy in recent decades has focussed on the importance of church-planting rather than just doing evangelism, that is, combining Christians in new communities for worship, teaching, fellowship and mission. Evangelical Christians are fond of their statements of faith, yet we frequently work to a far more visible method of calculating orthodoxy, that is, consistent and frequent attendance at church on Sundays, and midweek as well if possible. At the church which I attended after first becoming a Christian, the minister had a favourite saying; “What does the story of doubting Thomas tell us? Never miss a meeting; you don’t know what might happen!”

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