Books by Urban Expression

A number of people involved (currently or previously) with Urban Expression have written books or contributed chapters to books on church planting, urban mission or other related subjects. Here is an annotated list of such books/authors, which we will try to keep updated:

A Vast Minority

Stuart Murray, A Vast Minority: Church and Mission in a Plural Culture (Paternoster) Reflections on the challenges and opportunities faced by Christian communities in an ever more plural society

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Urban to the Core

Juliet Kilpin: Urban to the Core (Troubadour, 2013) Reflections on the UE values from past and present team members.

Multi-Voiced Church

Stuart & Sian Murray Williams: Multi-Voiced Church (Paternoster, 2012) A practical handbook on building churches for participants rather than consumers.


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Sacralized Youth Work

Sally Nash: Sacralized Youth Work (Grove Books, 2011) Engaging with young people who are interested in faith.

The Naked Anabaptist

Stuart Murray: The Naked Anabaptist (Paternoster, 2011) A straightforward introduction to the contemporary significance of the Anabaptist tradition.



Planting Churches: A Framework for Practitioners

Stuart Murray: Planting Churches: A Framework for Practitioners (Paternoster, 2008) A straightforward guide to the practicalities of planting churches in various contexts.

Sally Nash, Jo Pimlott & Paul Nash: Skills for Collaborative Ministry (SPCK, 2008)
In the ‘Library of Ministry’ series, a skills handbook on many aspects of group leadership and team ministry.

Juliet Kilpin & Stuart Murray: Church Planting in the Inner City: the Urban Expression Story (Grove, 2007)
An account of the first ten years of Urban Expression and lessons learned about church planting in the inner city.

Eleanor Williams: Fresh Expressions in the Urban Context (YTC Press, 2007)
An exploration of the significance of ‘fresh expressions of church’ for urban communities.

Stuart Murray: Church after Christendom (CTBI, 2006)
The second title in the ‘After Christendom’ series, exploring mission, community and worship in a changing culture.

Stuart Murray: Changing Mission (CTBI, 2006)
An introduction to the emerging church scene and its implications for mission in contemporary culture.

Illtyd Barrie Thomas: Compassion and Community (Piquant, 2005)
The story of the work of the Living Well Trust on an estate in Carlisle.

Peter Neilson, Church on the Move, New Church, New Generation, New Scotland (Covenanters Press, 2005)
An account of the Emerging Church in Scotland over the last 5-6 years.

Kathryn Copsey: From the Ground Up (Barnabas, 2005)
An introduction to understanding the spiritual world of the child.

Stuart Murray: ‘New Models of Church’ in Michael Eastman & Steve Latham (Eds.) Urban Church: A Practitioner’s Resource Book (SPCK, 2004)
A brief exploration of emerging forms of church and their relevance to the urban context.

Juliet Kilpin: ‘Church Planting’ in Michael Eastman & Steve Latham (Eds.) Urban Church: A Practitioner’s Resource Book (SPCK, 2004)
Church planting in the urban context.

Stuart Murray: Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World (Paternoster, 2004)
An examination of the implications of the end of Christendom for mission in a changing culture.

George Lings & Stuart Murray: Church Planting: Past, Present and Future (Grove, 2003)
A summary of church planting in Britain during the 1990s with suggestions for lessons to be learned.

Stuart Murray & Anne Wilkinson-Hayes: Hope from the Margins (Grove, 2000)
One of the first investigations of new ways of being church and the issues these raise.

Stuart Murray: Church Planting: Laying Foundations (Paternoster, 1998)
The theological, historical, biblical and missiological foundations for the practice of church planting.

Kathryn Copsey: Become Like a Child (SU, 1994)
By the project leader of CURBS, which provides resources for those working with children in urban contexts.

Stuart Murray: City Vision (Darton, Longman & Todd, 1989)
A biblical perspective on the meaning of the city and urban mission. 

Colin Marchant: Shalom, my Friends (Marshall Pickering, 1988)
Study of the potent biblical word ‘shalom’ and its implications for building community.

Colin Marchant: Signs in the City (Hodder & Stoughton, 1985)
An introduction to the urban context – its struggles and signs of hope.