David Brown

David Brown has been involved in church planting in France since 1976 and has planted three churches (two in Nancy and one in the Paris suburbs). At present he is “replanting” a church in central Paris (Église Protestante Évangélique de Paris-Cardinet). For many years he was involved with GBU (Groupes Bibliques Universitaires), the French student movement affiliated with IFES, first as General Secretary, and then as chair of the board. He also chairs the Evangelism Commission of the French “National Council of Evangelicals” and teaches church planting and revitalization at the Geneva Bible Institute. He is married to Mary, and they have four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.


2018 Forum Sessions

Afternoon Workshops

The Vision and Strategy of Church Revitalisation

It is now widely accepted that there is a great need in Europe for church planting, and that a new church plant often sees growth through conversions. But if for every church planted, an older evangelical church disappears, then overall we are not seeing much real progress in penetrating a given country by establishing a network of churches.

In France, the National Council of Evangelicals (le CNEF) has the objective of seeing "one for ten thousand" i.e. the existence of one evangelical church on average for every ten thousand inhabitants. A good deal of effort is dedicated to church planting but we are becoming more aware that some churches planted as recently as the 1980s are slowly declining. The evangelism commission of the CNEF has been looking at this question and doing some research with the help of several denominations. This workshop will share some of our initial findings and enable the participants to contribute their thoughts and their experience concerning this vital issue.


Why Has the Evangelical Church in France Grown by 1,000%?

The number of evangelical Christians has increased in France from 50,000 in 1950 to 500,000 today. Can we identify the causes of this growth? Is this growth reproducible elsewhere? What lessons can be learnt from the French context which could be valid for other European nations?


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