Church Planting in Urban Slums: A Case Study with Living Bread Ministries

By G. Patrick Hubbard, II

The aim of this article is to describe the process Living Bread Ministries (LBM) utilizes to church plant in the Brazilian favelas (Portuguese term meaning slum or shanty town). Our church plants in urban areas of southern Brazil demonstrate three primary aspects of church planting. One piece is identifying, training, and mentoring pastors in slum communities. A second facet of church planting is the process of evangelism, discipleship, and social ministry. A third feature is the role of global partnerships in the church planting process. A study of these three aspects provides a well rounded overview of LBM’s church planting efforts among the desperately poor in Brazil.