Ralph D. Winter On the Importance of Relevant Churches
“The church cannot grow within peoples where relevant churches do not exist.”
— Ralph D. Winter, Unreached Peoples Missiologist
(December 8, 1924 – May 20, 2009)
Winter was a pioneer in the area of developing strategies to evangelize unreached people groups. He was a longtime professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, and the founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission (today known as Frontier Ventures), as well as the related William Carey International University.
Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.
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