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Paul’s biblical patterns of church planting: An effective method to achieve the Great Commission

Akinyemi O. Alawode
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 76, No 1 | a5579 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v76i1.5579 | © 2020 Akinyemi O. Alawode | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 May 2019 | Published: 02 April 2020

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Akinyemi O. Alawode, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, College of Humanity, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The mandate to make disciples of all nations remains the churches’ task before the return of Christ. Church planting is the best way to achieve this mandate. Hence, the biblical patterns as exemplified by Paul the apostle and their relevance to achieving the Great Commission have been the focus of this work. Paul shows through his patterns of church planting the relevance and influence of the Holy Spirit in establishing new centres of worship. Thus, contemporary church planters must seek to emulate Paul in obedience to the Great Commission through church planting, which remains the most effective evangelistic methodology.

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church planting; biblical patterns; Great Commission; disciple making; God’s mandate; contemporary church planters; effective evangelistic methodology

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