Church planting in the secular west : learning from the European experience / Stefan Paas.Material type: BookSeries: Gospel and our culture series: Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016Description: xii, 304 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780802873484; 0802873480.Subject(s): Church development, New -- Europe | Secularism -- Europe | Europe -- Church history -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 254/.1094
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 266-289) and indexes.
Church planting and its reasons -- Planting better churches -- Planting more churches -- Planting new churches -- In defense of church planting in Europe.
In this book Stefan Paas offers 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, this critical missiological perspective will add significantly to a fuller understanding of church planting in our contemporary context.