Building Church


Building Church is the distillation of over 35 years of building the local church.

This insightful and practical book takes the timeless principles of Scripture, which provide the building blocks of every healthy church, and explains how to apply them with skill and wisdom into your local context. The result will be what Stephen calls ‘the church that God wants you to build’, a bespoke expression of the multi-faceted church of Jesus Christ in your community.

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Some Comments on Building Church

‘People like Stephen are a rare breed … they bring a much needed insight to the global debate about how to build a relevant, contemporary local church whilst keeping her essence in tact. If I were you I’d listen to what he has to say. Every local church leadership team needs the wisdom of a Stephen Matthew and this book now makes that a little more possible.’

Paul Scanlon, Senior Pastor, Abundant Life Ministries

‘Church builders – this could be the book you have been waiting for! A thorough, step-by-step journey of how to take the seed of a vision to the realisation of a vibrant, dynamic and growing church. Without prescribing a model, Stephen gives the tools to equip you to translate them into the context you are in.’

Clive Urquhart, Senior Pastor, Kingdom Life Church

‘An honest, up-front, experience-based, practical tool …Stephen clearly articulates the many facets of how to do church really well … a must read.’

Dr. Scott Wilson, President,

‘A highly valuable resource for everyone who loves church.’

Stuart Bell, Senior Pastor, New Life Lincoln and Leader, Ground level network

‘Stephen’s desire to equip leaders for greater effectiveness shines through the pages of this warm, well-constructed and enlightening book.’

Mal Fletcher, Chairman, 2020Plus

‘An unmissable book … advice like this is worth its weight in gold … If you’re a church leader, do yourself and your church a favour – read it!’

Revd. Rob White, Fresh Streams network minister and chairman, Hope for Justice

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