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The Origins of Natural Church Development

Comprehensive worldwide research

The Institute for Natural Church Development International, based in Germany under the leadership of Christian A. Schwarz, undertook worldwide research in the early 1990s. 1000 churches in 32 countries were surveyed to determine if there were principles producing healthy church growth independent of

  • denomination or theology
  • country or culture
  • leadership style
  • size
  • ministry model

The key question was: “What church growth principles are true, regardless of culture and theological persuasion?” Continue reading “The Origins of Natural Church Development”

Mission Cells – small groups on the move for planting!

Here is an extract from the European Church Planting Network’s (ECPN) concept Paper 1. It tells of Zolder50 church made up of missionary small groups and one of their activities that keeps them in mission motivated mode… heading off together for a weekend of prayer, listening and “loitering with intent” in other villages, towns and cities. How about adding some of this vision where you are? Continue reading “Mission Cells – small groups on the move for planting!”

Three “parties” to mission understanding and strategy

The Big Picture – the three ‘parties’

All mission engagement requires attention to three foundational factors that should shape mission responses. These three components are essential to be understood for existing churches but even more important in pioneering mission and planting fresh expressions of church. Continue reading “Three “parties” to mission understanding and strategy”

Jesus’ four “streams” of Communicating the Kingdom of God

The Gospel accounts of the ministry of Jesus bring together how he “the Word” communicated the truths of God. We are used to thinking that truth is communicated verbally and in propositional statements. However, that by no means the only channel or stream of truth that we find in the New Testament. Continue reading “Jesus’ four “streams” of Communicating the Kingdom of God”

Three Mission Responses

In seeking to lead a church into a more missional quality, it can be helpful to recognise that there are three broad options. All can be effective, but wise leadership will assess which is appropriate for the stage of the church’s life and the context. Some contemporary literature may suggest that one or other is preferable but it is our contention that best practice involves selecting the right option based on these highly variable factors.

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Three Streams of Missional/Ecclesial Multiplication

It is becoming widely accepted that the church has to go on a journey of change to respond to our changed context.  Most agree that the change must involve discipleship and becoming missional.

But there are all sorts of models and principles being strongly promoted. Our experience of involvement with many of these is that we need discretion and clear understanding of what is involved in each if they are to be implemented healthily. Continue reading “Three Streams of Missional/Ecclesial Multiplication”

ReSource Weekends

Resource is an immersive mission experience over four weekends in a range of locations and contexts…

Participants will learn by meeting people who are doing mission, by hanging out with their communities, hearing their stories and then thinking about what they can learn for their own contexts. Throw in some diverse contexts, some great food and inspiring other people on the weekends.  There is a great mix!

To find out more and book your place visit www.resourcemission.com