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Shaping Leaders to Reimagine the Church

Princeton Theological Seminary's Center for Church Planting and Revitalization, which was established in 2016, aims to shape leaders who aspire to reimagine the mission and practices of the church. The Center is one of eleven research centers and initiatives at the Seminary that support scholarship and learning in service to the church and the world.


Princeton Seminary’s Center for Church Planting and Revitalization represents the Seminary’s commitment to leadership formation in a rapidly changing global context.

— Darrell Guder, Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology Emeritus and Interim Director of the Center for Church Planting and Revitalization


The idea for the Center developed as a result of a course that Professors Lisa Bowens and Richard Osmer taught during the 2015–16 academic year entitled Church Planting and Revitalization. It was the first course of its kind in the master’s program and sparked a real interest in students and faculty to learn more about knowledge and skills in leadership, relational evangelism, team-building, and resource development in starting or revitalizing congregations.

“The Center will be a place that fosters the building of relationships and will enrich students theologically, relationally, and academically,” said Lisa Bowens, assistant professor of New Testament.

Dr. Bowens talks with President Barnes about Church Planting

Headed by interim director Darrell Guder, the Center follows a three-tiered approach of educating current students, researching church plants and revitalization initiatives, and developing ways to support leaders in the field.

“Princeton Seminary’s Center for Church Planting and Revitalization represents the Seminary’s commitment to leadership formation in a rapidly changing global context,” said Guder. “While rooted in Reformed theology, the Center works ecumenically, networking with leaders from diverse traditions to encourage the planting of missional communities that are centered in the lordship of Jesus Christ.”

The Center for Church Planting and Revitalization held a public conference for April 12–14 on the theme:

(Re)planting Missional Churches: The Theological Dimensions of Why.


Danny Perez MDiv '17 describes the diverse community at Princeton Seminary and how it has shaped his call to multicultural ministry. Starting at 1:50 in the video, Perez describes his experience in a student cohort on church planting and revitalization.



Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Faculty at Evangelical Theological Seminary, Cairo, Egypt

Samy Estafanos, Class of 2015

“Princeton Seminary shaped and equipped me for the teaching ministry that I am practicing now. I was shaped spiritually, mentally, and socially by all means.”