Martin Robinson

Martin Robinson is principal and chief executive of ForMission College.  Martin was born in India of missionary parents and then brought up in Scotland where his father was a church planter.  When Martin was in his early twenties he trained for the ministry, and his first church was in the inner city of Birmingham.  This multi-ethnic congregation was engaged in church planting, and Martin, together with his wife, Lynda led one of the new church plants.  After thirteen years in local ministry, Martin went to work for the Bible Society in the UK in a variety of roles. In that period he was the director of mission and theology. Martin has written many books on the broad theme of mission, including Faith of the Unbeliever and Invading Secular Space. In 2002 Martin became the national director of Together in Mission. In 2008 he became the principal of Springdale College. These two organisations are now known as ForMission. The goal of ForMission is to prepare workers for the harvest. 



2018 Forum Sessions

Post-Luncheon Workshops

From a Traditional Denomination to a Church Planting Movement: A Personal Journey

The debate has flowed for some decades about whether traditional denominations can be renewed.  Some have argued that only new movements have the spiritual momentum needed to make a difference.  Church planters can often be frustrated by existing denominational structure and denominational leaders can be suspicious of those who seek to church plant.  However there is increasing evidence from various parts of Europe that church planting can not only thrive in existing denominational structures but they have the potential to transform the system itself.  We examine one case history to explore the wider lessons for the church in Europe.


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