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European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011
European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011
European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011
European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011
European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011
European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011
European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011
European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011
European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011
European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011
European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011
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European perspective on urban church planting.berlin oct2011

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  • 1. A EuropeanPerspectiveonUrbanChurch Planting Stefan Paas VU University, Amsterdam
  • 2. Why do we plant churches in Europe?“It has always been myambition to preach the gospel whereChrist was notknown,sothat I wouldnotbe building onsomeoneelse’s foundation”Paul, in Romans 15:20
  • 3. ChurchGrowthMovement Theology: “The chief and irreplacablepurpose of mission is churchgrowth” – Donald A. McGavran, UnderstandingChurchGrowth, p. 22 Practice: A lack of churchgrowth is causedby a lack of supply Strategy: Therefore, we shouldcontinually plant newchurches
  • 4. “Only the creation of multitudes of new,vitalcongregations (eitherwithinor withoutthe state denominations) willreconvert themyriads of EuropeanChristo-pagans.Muchthoughtshouldbegiven to this”Donald A. McGavran, UnderstandingChurchGrowth, p. 191
  • 5. Is growth the purpose of mission? (testingtheology)Church planting = a methodology? “The single most effectiveevangelisticmethodologyunderheaven is planting newchurches. Itappliesmonculturally and cross culturally (…) Rememberthissimplefact: It’s easierto have babiesthan to raise the dead!” Peter C. Wagner, Church Planting for a GreaterHarvest, p. 11, 25
  • 6. Is growth the purpose of mission?does God want the world to becomeone big church? ‘everykneeshallbow’?Biblical images of the church: a minoritypeople • pilgrim people: “ourcitizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20) • resident aliens: “I urgeyou, as foreigners and exiles…” (1 Peter 2:11) •salt: “you are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13)
  • 7. Why is there a church?witness not ‘howmany’, but ‘what kind’?growth is notourmission; growth is important to doourmission “The church’sgrowth is a penultimate goal of itsmission. Butthisgrowth is to bemeasured, notsimplyby the number of people entering into the church’sfellowship, butespeciallybytheirparticipation in the bringingabout of a new order, in establishing a community of love, in strugglingforjustice and peace as ananticipation of the ultimaterevelation of God’skingdom. When we think of churchgrowth in these terms, the wholethingbecomes a revolutionary, powerfuladventure”. Orlando Costas, The Integrity of Mission, p. 56-57
  • 8. Is there a lack of supply? (testingpractice) sometimestrue generallynottrue religiousmarkettheoryvs.secularization ‘back to normal’? • Earlychurch • Luther and Calvin • Wichern and Kuyperpaganism
  • 9. Ecclesiology (What is the church, and what is itfor?) priestlycommunities accept ourminoritysituation • ourweaknesscreatesopenings • between USA and Indonesia… • the way of the cross Mission • Jeremiah 29:7: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carriedyouintoexile. Pray to the LORD forit, becauseifitprospers, youtoowillprosper”. • community in exile • ‘micro-resistance’
  • 10. Some concrete ideas Models of missionarycontextualization‘Come and see’ Dimensions of ‘Go and proclaim’ (Re)creation of the church worldEmbodiedworship Leitourgia Liberatingpatterns Freedomvs.slaveryHospitality Koinonia Peace-making Peacevs. conflictMutual care Diakonia Service / justice Justicevs.injusticePublic proclamation Kerygma Evangelism Truthvs. lies

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