When I planted my first church in Buffalo in 1988, I was considered strange. People asked why I was planting a new church instead of pastoring an established one and wondered aloud if maybe I couldn’t land a real ministry job.

From that time to today, the sentiment around church planting has changed entirely. There is a tangible enthusiasm and passion for planting that only continues to increase. In fact, a few years ago Christianity Today pronounced church planting as the new default mode of evangelism; a far cry from the mass evangelism of

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Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer is considered an expert on the topic of church planting.  He is the author of multiple books including Viral Churches, and The Subversive Kingdom.  This article originally appeared in Enrichment Journal.