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Ed Stetzer on Church Planting, Mars Hill, and the Future of the Church

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Ed Stetzer discusses church planting, the future of the church, how ministry leaders should engage on cultural issues, and the state of the small church.

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Ed Stetzer is an author, speaker, researcher, pastor, church planter, and Christian missiologist.

Stetzer is President of LifeWay Research. For five years before that, Stetzer served as Director of Research and Missiologist-In-Residence for the North American Mission Board. He is a prolific author, and well-known conference and seminar leader. Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Stetzerhas taught at several colleges and seminaries.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in national news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over 400,000 individuals each week. Stetzer is Executive Editor of Facts & Trends Magazine, a Christian leadership magazine circulated to over 70,000 individuals each month. He has also been featured speaker at numerous national conferences. He been descibed as “one of the leading thinkers on the earth in the areas of evangelism, church planting, and movements.”

In this interview with Ed, we discuss changing church trends in the next 10 years, church planting, and the significant of small churches. You’ll want to hear what Ed says about Mars Hill and lessons we should learn about accountability in the church. 

Big Questions:

What do you see as the most significant changes in the church in the next five to ten years?

What is happening to religious participation? Is it declining as fast as some make it sound?

What has caused the increase in church planting? Is this a good thing?

Could what Mars Hill become something of a trend?

What is the state of the small church?

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Andrew Hess is the director of content at the White Horse Inn and editor of corechristianity.com. He formerly served as the editor of churchleaders.com. His writing has been featured on The Gospel Coalition and Focus on the Family. He lives in San Diego with his wife Jen and they recently welcomed their first child. Connect with Andrew on Twitter @AndrewWHess.