Paul Clark This is a question that I have been asked many times? In this article, I would like to describe the process and steps that led to the planting our first church in Austria in the city of Bregenz. Mechthild and I have planted various churches in Germany since 1984. Every church plant was … Read more
How do you find church planters and/or leaders to train? Over the years, I have worked with both European and AGWM co-workers, encouraging and mentoring men and women in church planting endeavors. Are your students Europeans? Are they formally trained as pastors? Just as in the European German speaking national churches, we find and encourage … Read more
Mel Grams Read online or download: Knowing God German Version: Klare Schritte um Gott zu kennen Forward by Dr. Paul Clark I met Mel Grams working for Teen Challenge in Wiesbaden, Germany. His “deeper life” teaching captivated my attention as a young person and positively impacted my spiritual formation. Mel’s practical teaching intertwined with his authentic … Read more
Implications for Intentional Mission in the 21st Century Paul Clark Here read or download: Clark Pentecostal Church Planting Germany Here read or download: German Language version Overview and Acknowledgements of Paul Clark’s doctoral project What factors led to the successful founding of Pentecostal congregations in Germany? This historical and cultural study of Pentecostal church planting since World … Read more
Freikirchen sollten mehr Gemeinden gründen (Paul Clark)
Buchbeschreibung: In allen Städten und Dörfern. Beiträge zu Motivation, Zielrichtung und Wesen von Gemeindegründung
Ein Plädoyer für Gemeindegründung! (Paul Clark)
Mission is not something that occurs haphazardly, but that intrinsically grows out of one’s personal relationship with the living God— a relationship that is, by its’ very nature, intentional. As a third generation Pentecostal, it is imperative for me that the Church be continually reminded that the baptism in the Holy Spirit was given to God’s people to equip them for intentional mission.
In my experience of over twenty years as a church planter in Germany, I have come to refer to six disciplines of good to great church planting as “G6”. By that I mean that they seem to have six great qualities that set them apart from merely good church planting ministries. These six great qualities of church planting are: timed release, generational distance, discipleship depth, intentional mindset, external focus, and reproducible models. I’ll attempt to explain them in the order listed. These six elements were developed after studying church planting in both the established Protestant Church and the various larger Free Churches in Germany which are reflected in my D.Min. dissertation entitled “Creating and Sustaining a Church Planting Multiplication Movement in Germany”.
The goal of this dissertation is to explore the concept of a church planting multiplication movement in Germany. Some argue that a rapid multiplication of indigenous churches planting churches has not occurred in Germany, but that the Bible warrants this viable phenomenon as Christians intentionally seek it under God’s guidance. The thesis of this dissertation, therefore, states: Germany can support a church planting multiplication movement through a bold action plan and a restructuring and reconsideration of current planting methods.