Contextualisation Resources

I have heard it said that 'cover bands don't change the world', and this phrase struck a chord with me. It is certainly the case in church planting that attempting to clone somebody else's church will be far less effective than planting something unique (whilst still learning lessons from what others are doing). I think there are three main reasons for this:

  • You are not them. Each of us has distinct gifts, passions and calling. Just because a certain approach works well for somebody else, that doesn't mean it will work for you. Look at the way you (and others on your team) have been wired and let this inform the approach that you take.
  • You are not where they are. Every community has its own nuances. In the place that you are planting, there will be opportunities and challenges that just don't exist where other people are. Similarly, others will have allowed their churches to be shaped by the dynamics of the community that they are in (which will probably be very different to where you are). What you do needs to be shaped by where you are.
  • God may be doing something different. Again, the churches that you are looking to may have been shaped by the particular promises or prophecies that God gave them. What things has God spoken to you about? What would it look like for these to form the foundation of what you do?

In this collection of resources, we look at how we can contextualise churches to fit both the location that they are planted in, and the particular character of the planting team.


How to Reach Your Context (with Liam Thatcher)
Liam Thatcher is one of the leaders of Christ Church London, and runs a blog called Leaven on Earth. In[...]
Contextualisation on the Ground (with Andy McCullough)
Andy McCullough is a church planter who is currently based in the UK, having previously planted a church in the[...]


5 Questions Every Church Planter Needs to Ask
The 20th Century cartoonist, James Thurber, once said, "It is better to know some of the questions than all of[...]
How to Influence Culture
Elect exiles.This is one of the terms used in the New Testament to describe Christians.An exile is a person who[...]


061: Overcoming Rejection
Colin Baron is a church planting Yoda who has been involved in starting many new churches in Manchester, elsewhere in[...]