Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil Webinar

What do 105 churches planted in one of the most post-Christian cities in the U.S. have to teach us about the new thing God is doing in our time?

Join Rev. Dr. Christopher James, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, as he unpacks five actionable findings from the groundbreaking research behind his book, Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil.  


  • Explore stories of ecclesial innovation & trends shaping the nation as a whole
  • Learn how to embracing local identity and mission and cultivate embodied, experiential, everyday spirituality
  • Discern prioritizing hospitality as a cornerstone practice.
  • Engage community life as means of witness and formation.
  • Discover ecclesial vitality in a diverse ecclesial ecology

Join Our FREE Webinar on April 14 @ 1 PM Eastern!

Rev. Dr. Christopher James is associate professor of evangelism and missional Christianity at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in church planting and theology and culture and directs the Master of Arts in Mission and Discipleship. He holds degrees from Wheaton College, Fuller Seminary and Boston University School of Theology. His book, Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil: Theology and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2017) has received multiple recognitions and been reviewed in a dozen academic journals. He is currently engaged in research into the ecclesial ecology in Dane County, Wisconsin in partnership with researchers doing parallel studies in Amsterdam, Vancouver, BC, Frankfurt, and Melbourne. In addition, James is a leader for Missio Madison and Awaken Dane, both located in Dane County, WI.  

Lori M. Ruffin is an upbeat strategic thinker. Fueled by a passion to help individuals and organizations fulfill their God-given purpose, she is the Operations Manager for the V3 Movement and the Founder of The COO Team, a virtual operations agency for nonprofits and small businesses. She enjoys helping others cultivate their relationship with God, songwriting and singing. She lives in Richmond, Va., with her husband and daughter. 

JR Woodward, Ph.D. (University of Manchester UK) has been passionately planting churches on the East and West Coast that value tight-knit community, life-forming discipleship, locally-rooted presence, and boundary-crossing mission for over 25 years. He is the author of Creating a Missional Culture (IVP, 2012) and co-author of The Church as Movement (IVP, 2016). He co-founded the Missio Alliance and currently serves as the National Director for the V3 Church Planting Movement. He is the co-founder of the Praxis Gathering and writes for numerous websites and journals. He loves to surf, travel, read, skateboard, and meet new people. He enjoys photography and film and tries to attend the Sundance Film Festival whenever he can.

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