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If you want to understand the power of church planting movements, the place to begin is the first century city of Ephesus. In this winsome study, Ephesiology offers readers a comprehensive view of the empowering work of the Holy Spirit in the most significant city of the New Testament, and compels us to ask the question: how can we effectively connect Christ to our culture? 

This is not another methodology or attempt to re-contextualize evangelicalism. Rather, it is a journey from the launch of the church in Ephesus as it became a movement grounded in God’s mission and led by those who multiplied generations of disciples. Michael T. Cooper focuses on Paul and John as missiological theologians who successfully connected Jesus’s story with the cultural context and narrative of the people in Ephesus. Their ability to relate the God of all creation to a people who sought him in vain resulted in “the Way” transforming the religious, intellectual, economic, and social fabrics of the Ephesian society.

Through this study of a movement, discover how the Holy Spirit still changes lives, cities, and the world. 

Advance Praise for Ephesiology

Who better to dig into the model of Ephesus than a missionary church-planter, turned missiologist, turned mission leader?  Michael brings helpful breadth and depth to this work. His extensive experie…
Rev. Kerry DoyalSenior PastorChrist Community FellowshipSaver, PA

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Table of Contents

Foreword – Matt Till

  1. Introducing Ephesiology
  2. Church Planting Movements in the Book of Acts
  3. Launching a Movement I: Missiological Exegesis
  4. Launching a Movement II: Missiological Reflection
  5. Launching a Movement III: Missiological Theology
  6. Grounding a Movement: Missiological Theology II
  7. Leading a Movement
  8. Multiplying a Movement
  9. Sustaining a Movement
  10. The Anatomy of a Movement

Afterword – Andrew Johnson
Movement Action Plan

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About the Author

Michael T. Cooper currently serves as an executive for a missions agency, training national leaders in evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, and church planting. He is the former president and CEO of an international NGO. In 2010, he founded a Business as Mission initiative that focused on helping alleviate spiritual and economic poverty in the developing world. For a decade he equipped undergraduate and graduate students at Trinity International University with skills to engage culture. He has thirty years of ministry and missions experience, ten years as a pioneer church planter in Romania after the fall of communism. He holds a MA in Missions from Columbia International University and a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Throughout his career, Michael has focused on creative ways to engage difficult-to- reach people with the gospel.

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