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The Future of Church Planting?
 
A Review of

Church Planting
in Post-Christian Soil:
Theology and Practice

Christopher James

 
Hardcover: Oxford UP, 2017
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Reviewed by Justin Cober-Lake
 
 
The dominant storyline says the church is decline in the global West. The “nones” are ascendant as the church loses its relevance. Then the story splits. The younger generation has no use for tradition; no, the younger generation seeks authenticity and needs a historically oriented liturgy. The church has become too inward-looking; the church has become too seeker sensitive. The church has become or not become a lot of things. It’s a bit of a mess, really.

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The Cultivation of New Churches

A Review of

Embrace: A Church Plant that Broke All the Rules

Rosario Picardo

Paperback:  Resource Pubs., 2014
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Reviewed by Christopher Brown
 
Rosario Picardo’s thin book Embrace tells the story of his call to ministry and the planting of Embrace Church in Lexington, KY. With refreshing honesty and candor, Picardo gives an account of his church’s life which should embolden other leaders of new worshiping communities both to venture into uncharted territory and to persevere when they encounter unexpected challenges.

 

The beauty of Picardo’s story in Embrace lies in its messiness, which in turn reveals the wisdom which can be gained from Picardo’s example. To write a book which so openly shares not the successes but the apparent missteps of a new church requires a level of humility that is rare among church planters.

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David Fitch, professor of theology at Northern Seminary and author of The Great Giveaway, is tentatively lined up to do a workshop at the “Through the Consuming Fire” conference here in Indianapolis, Nov. 13-14.

Here is an excellent video clip of him defining the concept of a “missional order”:


Dave Fitch – the Cultivate Talk on Missional Orders from Bill Kinnon on Vimeo.