Aiming For Church Growth

European evangelicals have formed an international organization to encourage church growth on their continent.

Delegates from Belgium, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and West Germany formed the Association for the Promotion of Church Growth in Europe (APCGE). The organization will sponsor church-growth conferences, consult with existing national church-growth organizations, and assist in the formation of church-growth associations in additional European countries.

“The ideas of the [church-growth] movement need to be examined, modified, expanded, to produce an authentic European approach to the issues faced by the churches of Europe,” said Peter Cotterell, a professor at London Bible College and a member of the APCGE executive committee. “Many of our problems have yet to be considered by church-growth theorists.…”

Among the challenges facing European Christians, Cotterell said, are “a dominant materialism, pervasive immorality, and a declining and often irrelevant church with a discouraged leadership.… It is estimated that each year 1.8 million people leave the church in Europe.”


Hunger And Violence

One year after former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier fled Haiti, the island nation is still suffering from widespread hunger and random violence.

Southern Baptist missionary Jack Hancox said Haitian Baptists have been unable to deliver food to the northern part of the country because of hijackings, roadblocks, and lootings. Last fall, a band of robbers raided the Baptist food warehouse in Port-au-Prince. Later, the CARE warehouse in Cap Haitien was raided.

Hancox said Christians hope to be able to help ...

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