Stuart Murray Williams

Tutor in Mission and Director of the Centre for Anabaptist Studies

Stuart Murray WilliamsStuart Murray Williams spent 12 years as an urban church planter in East London and has continued to be involved in church planting as a trainer, mentor, writer, strategist and consultant. For 9 years he was Oasis Director of Church Planting and Evangelism at Spurgeon’s College, London. Since then, under the auspices of the Anabaptist Network, he has worked as a trainer and consultant, with particular interest in urban mission, church planting and emerging forms of church. He is the founder of Urban Expression. He has written books on church planting, urban mission, emerging church, the challenge of post-Christendom and the Anabaptist tradition.

List of Publications:


City Vision (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1989)

The Challenge of the City (Tonbridge: Sovereign World, 1994)

Explaining Church Discipline (Tonbridge: Sovereign World, 1995)

Church Planting: Laying Foundations (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 1998)

Hope from the Margins (with Anne Wilkinson-Hayes) (Nottingham: Grove Books, 2000)

Biblical Interpretation in the Anabaptist Tradition (Kitchener: Pandora Press, 2000)

Beyond Tithing (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2000)

Coming Home: Stories of Anabaptists in British and Ireland (with Alan Kreider) (Kitchener: Pandora  Press, 2000)

Anabaptist Stirrings in Britain (Elkhart: Mennonite Board of Missions, 2001)

Church Planting: the Spirit at work through our systems (New Life Ministries, 2001)

Church Planting: Past, Present and Future (with George Lings) (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2003)

Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2004)

Translocal Ministry (editor and contributor) (Didcot: Baptist Union, 2004)

Church after Christendom (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2005)

Changing Mission (London: CTBI, 2006)

Church Planting in the Inner City (with Juliet Kilpin) (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2007)

Mission after Christendom (Sydney: Morling College, 2007)

Planting Churches: A Framework for Practitioners (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2008)

The Naked Anabaptist (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2011)

Forming Christian Habits in Post-Christendom: the legacy of Alan & Eleanor Kreider (co-editor with James Krabill) (Elkhart: Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2011)

Multi-Voiced Church (with Sian Murray Williams) (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2012)

Church Planting in the UK since 2000 (with George Lings) (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2012)

Beyond Tithing (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2012)

A Vast Minority (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2015)

The Naked Anabaptist (revised edition) (Scottdale: Herald Press, 2015)

Post-Christendom (revised edition) (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2017)

Contributions to Books

‘Anabaptists’ in Trevor Hart (Ed.): The Dictionary of Historical Theology (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2001)

‘Anabaptism as a Conversation Partner’ in John Roth (Ed.): Engaging Anabaptism (Scottdale: Herald Press, 2001)

‘New Models of Church’ in Michael Eastman & Steve Latham (Eds.): Urban Church (London: SPCK, 2004)

‘Rethinking Atonement after Christendom’ in Simon Barrow & Jonathan Bartley (Eds.): Consuming Passion (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2005)

‘Alpha and the Challenge of Post-Christendom’ in Andrew Brookes (Ed.): The Alpha Phenomenon (London: CTBI, 2007)

‘But does it build community?’ in Voices of the Virtual World: Participative technology and the Ecclesial Revolution Wikiklesia Volume 1 (, 2007)

‘Yearning for the End of Christendom: An Anabaptist Response’ in David Clark (Ed.): The Diaconal  Church: Beyond the Mould of Christendom (Epworth, 2008)

‘A Voice from the Past: Anabaptism, Spirituality and Social Justice’ in Following Fire (Melbourne: Urban Neighbours of hope, 2008)

‘Church Planting, Peace and the Ecclesial Minimum’ in Pieter Lalleman (Ed.): Challenging to    Change (London: Spurgeon’s College, 2009)

‘Biblical Interpretation among the Anabaptist Reformers’ in Alan Hauser & Duane Watson (Eds.): History of Biblical Interpretation,Vol. 2: The Medieval through the Reformation Periods (Eerdmans, 2010)

Contributions to Juliet Kilpin: Urban to the Core (Kibworth Beauchamp: Troubadour, 2013)

‘Mission after Christendom’ in Speaking of Mission (Volume 2) (Sydney: Morling College, 2013)

Foreword to Joanna Harader & A O Green (Eds.): A Living Alternative: Anabaptist Christianity in a   Post-Christendom World (New York: Ettelloc Publishing, 2014)

Epilogue to James Krabill & Stanley Green (Eds.): Fully Engaged: The Missional Church with an         Anabaptist Voice (Harrisonburg: Herald Press, 2015)

Afterword to Peter Riedemann: Love Is Like Fire: The Confession of an Anabaptist Prisoner           (Robertsbridge: Plough Publishing House, 2006)

Bible Reading Notes

Guidelines (May-August 2006)

Guidelines (January-April 2009)

Guidelines (May-August 2014)

Guidelines (September-December 2014)

Student Christian Movement (2015)

Translations/Overseas Versions

Italian translation of Explaining Church Discipline (Patmos Publications, 1997)

Romanian translation of Explaining Church Discipline (Editura Invatatorul, 1999)

Church Planting: Laying Foundations (US version) (Herald Press, 2001)

Swedish translation of Hope from the Margins (BU Sweden, 2007)

Dutch translation of Church Planting in the Inner City (2008)

Planting Churches in the 21st Century (Herald Press, 2010)

The Naked Anabaptist (Herald Press, 2010)

Korean translation of The Naked Anabaptist (2011)

Spanish translation: Anabautismo al Desnudo (Herald Press, 2012)

Post-Christendom (Anabaptist Network in South Africa, 2012)

The Naked Anabaptist (Anabaptist Network in South Africa, 2012)

The Power of All (with Sian Murray Williams) (Herald Press, 2012)

Indonesian translation of The Naked Anabaptist (2012)

Swedish translation: Radikalt Lärjungaskap (The Naked Anabaptist) (Evangelie, 2012)

Japanese translation of The Naked Anabaptist (2013)

Swedish translation: Flerstämmig Församling (Multi-Voiced Church) (Evangelie, 2013)

French translation: Radicalement Chretien (The Naked Anabaptist) (Excelsis, 2013)

German translation: Nackter Glaude (The Naked Anabaptist) (Neufeld Verlag, 2014)

Open/Online Learning Modules

Equipped to Serve II – Level 2 module for the Open Theological College (1997)

Radical Christian Groups – Level 3 module for the Open Theological College (1998)

The Origins and Early History of Anabaptism – MTh module for Spurgeon’s College (1998, revised 2008)

The Doctrine of the Church in Baptist and Anabaptist Traditions (with Ian Randall) – MTh module for Spurgeon’s College (1998, revised 2008)

Anabaptists, Authority and the Bible – MTh module for Spurgeon’s College (1998, revised 2008)

Introduction to Mission – Level 1 module for Spurgeon’s College (1999)

Churches and Church Planting in Contemporary Culture – MTh module for Spurgeon’s College (2001, revised 2007)

Church Planting – Level 1 module for Spurgeon’s College (2003)

Anabaptism and Mission – Level 2 module for Spurgeon’s College (2004)

Anabaptist Origins and Distinctives – Level 7 module for Bristol Baptist College (2015)

Anabaptist Ecclesiology and Missiology – Level 7 module for Bristol Baptist College (2016)

Pilgram Marpeck – Level 7 module for Bristol Baptist College (2016)

Research and Reflection: Resources and Methods – Level 7 module for Bristol Baptist College (2017)


Articles in Anabaptism Today:

Feb 1993: ‘A Decade of Evangelism’

Oct 1993: ‘Evangelism in the Radical Tradition’

Feb 1995: ‘Anabaptism as a Charismatic Movement’

June 1996: ‘Church Planting Anabaptist Style’

Feb 1997: ‘Introducing the Anabaptists’

Oct 1997: ‘Michael Sattler: An Early Swiss Anabaptist Martyr’

Autumn 2000: ‘Living on the Margins’

I have also had articles published in the following journals:

Anabaptist Witness

Baptists Together

British Church Growth Association

CBRF Journal (NZ)

Cell UK Magazine

Christ Seul (France)

Christian Family

Christian Herald

Christian Research Association

Church Growth Digest

City Cries

CMA Magazine


Conrad Grebel Review (Canada)


Evangelicals Now

Gospel Herald (USA)

International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church

King’s Educational Supplement


Manna News

Mennonite Board of Missions (USA)

Mennonite Quarterly Review (USA)

Mission Focus (USA)

Mission Insight (USA)

Nota Bene

On the Road (Australia/New Zealand)

Partnership Perspectives

Planting Papers

Reform (URC)



The Bible in Transmission

The Messenger (Canada)

The Rutherford Journal

Third Way

Tomorrow Today

Vision (US)


World Mission