The Purpose of the Church

This is a great article posted by a friend of mine over at his academic blog.

Stephen D. Campbell


In 1961 Donald McGavran, a third generation missionary to India, published a book that began a dramatic shift in the way that thousands of American pastors viewed the church.  The book is titled “The Bridges of God,” and in it McGavran discussed the effects of sociology on the spread of the Gospel.  McGavran later founded the School of World Missions at Fuller Theological Seminary, where many of the most prominent seeker-sensitive pastors were educated.  Robert Schuller, the only son of Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller, is a prominent televangelist who received his Master of Divinity at Fuller.  Over the years Robert Schuller has had two major disciples, namely Bill Hybel (Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois) and Rick Warren (Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California), who  have both out shined him in their level of influence.  With the help of these men the Church Growth…

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