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Major Trends in North American Church Planting Evaluated

Trevin Wax shares from the updated edition of Planting Missional Churches that the church in North America is operating in an increasingly secular and indifferent culture, which makes it possible to reach people without church baggage and to distinguish between the Gospel and western culture. Wax adds that the updated version includes a chapter on multi-churches, which now include 8,000 churches with 5 million attendees. Seminaries are moving their training into the churches themselves, denominations are shifting to become more like networks.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

The church has changed a lot in the past 10 years, and some of the most important shifts and growth areas are happening in church planting.

  • Church Growth through Planting: In the past 10 years churches are shifting toward a focus on growth through planting, including an emphasis on multiple multisite models.
  • Is Multisite the Future? Multisite churches hardly existed ten years ago, but now they appear to be the growth method of choice for many churches.
  • Seminary Training Needed: While pastors still need training in Bible study for ministry, churches and seminaries are working closely together to provide relevant and grounded experiences.

Which of these trends are the most important for your church?

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