Church Planting in Urban Slums: A Case Study with Living Bread Ministries

Church Planting in Urban Slums: A Case Study with Living Bread Ministries

By G. Patrick Hubbard, II
2013

The aim of this article is to describe the process Living Bread Ministries (LBM) utilizes to church plant in the Brazilian favelas (Portuguese term meaning slum or shanty town). Our church plants in urban areas of southern Brazil demonstrate three primary aspects of church planting. One piece is identifying, training, and mentoring pastors in slum communities. A second facet of church planting is the process of evangelism, discipleship, and social ministry. A third feature is the role of global partnerships in the church planting process. A study of these three aspects provides a well rounded overview of LBM’s church planting efforts among the desperately poor in Brazil.

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Beauty, The Arts and Church Planting as an Act of Creating Beauty

Beauty, The Arts and Church Planting as an Act of Creating Beauty

by Bill Drake - Director of Catalytic Ministries, OM International - USA - September 2018

Human Beings are given the task of bringing Beauty to a fallen world within every facet of culture, be it Justice, Worship, or Art.  As an expression of the heart, as a prophetic signpost to the deeper implications of truth having transformed a life, or as a meditative aid to focusing one’s mind and heart on God’s revelation, the arts are indispensable when it comes to worship.  We can therefore say that the Arts are necessary for the Church, because our God is a Beautiful God. But we go farther:  Being engaged in planting vibrant communities of Jesus followers is also an act of proliferating Beauty in a world bereft of it on so many levels.  The birthing of the Body and Bride of Christ into areas of the world where it is not, is an act of creating Beauty on many levels of life and culture, not just aesthetically, but also in virtue, in order, in compassion, and in justice. Read the paper
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