Original Research: Historical Thought and Source Interpretation

Challenges of church planting in the book of Acts, its implications for contemporary church

Akinyemi O. Alawode
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 2 | a8317 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i2.8317 | © 2023 Akinyemi O. Alawode | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 November 2022 | Published: 08 December 2023

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


Church planting is an essential instrument in God’s hand to redeem humanity through the power of the gospel. Several church planters and locations have utilised several church planting methods at different eras. The aim of this article is to find out how it was done during the apostolic period and its significance to the body of Christ. The historical-analytical method was used to discover the scriptural foundations of church planting, patterns of church planting in the book of Acts, the challenges accompanying the pattern and its implications for the contemporary church.

Contribution: Therefore, the researcher believes that all Christian missionaries, missions agencies, church planters, missiologists and pastors will have a better understanding of how best to go about the business of Church planting in contemporary times as the article concludes that the church planting pattern in the book of Acts is fundamental and strategic in propagating the gospel in the world today.


church planting; pattern; the book of Acts; contemporary church; challenges; implications

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