Relational Church Planting A Study of Newly Started United Methodist Churches Utilizing the Relational Principles and Practices of Community Organizing
Curtis D Brown
Using their training in community organizing, especially the practice of relational meetings and the principle of relational power, along with an emphasis on relational theology, new church pastors are evolving out of missional church theology a new relational church planting methodology. This study explores how this emerging church planting method is being used to involve previously unchurched people into new congregations. From the results of observations and interviews with pastors and participants in three new United Methodist churches, the research concludes that relational church planting methods build experiences of trust and inclusion that are important in involving previously unchurched people.
Degree Granting Institution
Angela R Cowser
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