Thirty years ago Tim Keller planted a church in the heart of Manhattan, a place where fewer than 1 percent of the residents attended Evangelical churches. His work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church took deep root, and has become a model for church planting—and now for leadership transitions.
In this seven-minute video, Keller reflects on what church planting was like then—and what it’s like now. “When I planted a church then, everyone was a Lone Ranger, mask and all.”
Keller recommends mentoring, and becoming a part of a church planting network “with some teeth in it.”
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Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than 5,000 regular attendees at five services, a host of daughter churches, and is planting churches in large cities throughout the world. He is the author of COUNTERFEIT GODS, THE PRODIGAL GOD and the New York Times bestseller THE REASON FOR GOD.