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Class Spotlight: Church Planting in the 21st Century

Blog — 12th September 2023

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In a rapidly changing world where technology, culture, and demographics are constantly evolving, the practice of church planting requires a fresh perspective. With this in mind, NTC is proud to offer an exciting and insightful course titled “Church Planting in the 21st Century” for its Autumn semester. Co-taught by esteemed theologians Dr Trevor Hutton (NTC) and Dr Stuart Murray Williams (Bristol Baptist), this MA class promises to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary church planting landscape and the tools necessary for effective ministry in the 21st century.

Course Overview

The course description for “Church Planting in the 21st Century” succinctly captures its essence: “This MA class maps the current landscape of church planting before drawing upon missiological, ecclesiological & methodological perspectives that shape and inform church planting practice in the 21st century.” Let’s delve deeper into what makes this course a must for anyone passionate about the future of faith communities.

Mapping the Landscape

The 21st century presents unique challenges and opportunities for church planting. Students will embark on a journey of discovery, exploring the current religious and cultural climate, and analyzing the trends that affect the way people engage with spirituality. Dr. Hutton and Dr. Williams will provide valuable insights into understanding the diverse contexts in which churches are being planted today.

Missiological Insights

To be effective in church planting, one must have a strong grasp of missiology – the study of mission and outreach. This course will delve into missiological theories, helping students to develop a missional mindset. You will explore how to engage with diverse communities and respond to their unique spiritual needs.

Ecclesiological Foundations

A thorough understanding of ecclesiology, the study of the church, is crucial for church planters. Dr. Hutton and Dr. Williams will guide students in examining the biblical and theological foundations of the church, exploring how these concepts are evolving in the 21st century. You will learn how to establish and nurture vibrant faith communities that resonate with the present age.

Methodological Approaches

The practical aspects of church planting are equally important. This course will provide students with an array of methodological tools and strategies to launch and sustain successful church plants. From fundraising and marketing to community engagement and discipleship, you’ll gain practical skills to bring your vision to life.

“Church Planting in the 21st Century” is held in person on the NTC campus, allowing students to engage directly with faculty and fellow classmates. The course takes place on Tuesdays from 9:15 am to 10:55 am. Additionally, auditors and short course options are available for those who wish to enrich their knowledge without pursuing a formal degree.

As we navigate the complexities of the 21st century, the role of church planting remains vital in shaping the future of faith communities. If you are passionate about the future of faith, eager to engage with diverse communities, and committed to making a positive impact, this course is your gateway to equipping yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive as a church planter in the 21st century. Join us on this transformative journey to reshape the landscape of faith and create vibrant, thriving communities of believers. Your future in church planting starts here!

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