Recommended Books — Church Planting
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Disclaimer: The following books comprise a brief list of resources that we have found helpful for our church planters. In endorsing each of these books we are not saying that we agree on every point, but rather find the book as a whole helpful.

Starting a New Church: The Church Planter’s Guide to Success

by Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore maintains that perhaps our greatest responsibility is to evangelize our own generation-and that established churches are unable to do that. In fact, rising generations of Americans live in ignorance of Jesus Christ and have no moral absolutes. The answer, according to Moore, is aggressive church planting. Why? Because new churches focus on the needs of each new generation and present biblical truth in the cultural context that best reaches those people. 0830730869 Includes the Following Topics and Many More Section 2: Designing the New Church — things to consider before you ask for money Section 3: Planting the New Church — Can you build a church that flexes as it grows? Section 4: Anticipating the Future — How can you ensure a healthy start?

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Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd Ed)

by: Ed Stetzer and Daniel Im

Planting Missional Churches is an instruction book for planting biblically faithful and culturally relevant churches. It addresses the “how-to” and “why” issues of church planting by providing practical guidance through all the phases of a church plant while taking a missional look at existing and emerging cultures. In this second edition, not only will you find a completely redesigned book with new content in every single chapter, but you will also find several new chapters on topics such as church multiplication, residencies, multi-ethnic ministry, multisite, denominations and networks, and spiritual leadership.

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Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide for New Churches and Those Desiring Renewal

by Aubrey Malphurs, Joe Aldrich

Aubrey Malphurs fervently believes that the church will awaken and thrive in the twenty-first century – but in nothing like its twentieth-century form. Revised and updated, this second edition emphasizes the importance of ministry’s core values, mission, and strategy. Sixteen accompanying worksheets are included, and new chapter-end checklists aid in review. This creative handbook shows church planters how to focus on the essential ingredients for success: a Great Commission vision, strong servant-leadership, a mobilized lay army, culturally relevant ministry and evangelism, authentic worship, and a robust network of small groups.

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Natural Church Development: A Guide to Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches

by Christian A. Schwarz

Critics of the church growth movement have often emphasized the need for quality congregations. We should not focus on numerical growth, but rather, we should concentrate on qualitative growth. Christian Schwarz has done extensive research world-wide and found that healthy, growing churches seem to share eight quality characteristics. These characteristics are: Empowering leadership, Gift-oriented ministry, Passionate spirituality, Functional structures, Inspiring worship service, Holistic small groups, Need-oriented evangelism, and Loving relationships.

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Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours?

by Roland Allen

Profoundly biblical, Allen’s methods are drawn from a scrupulous examination of St. Paul’s own principles for missionary work. The strategy of the apostolic method with its unwavering belief and trust in the Holy Spirit indwelling converts and the churches of which they are members, is as relevant today as it was in the first formative years of the church.

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God’s Missionary People: Rethinking the Purpose of the Local Church

by Charles Van Engen

A world-claiming theology of the church draws on ancient and modern thoughts. The author focuses on how the church can grow to become in reality “God’s missionary people.”

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Creating Communities of the Kingdom: New Testament Models of Church Planting

by David W. Shenk, Ervin R. Stutzman

To provide helpful approaches to church growth, David W. Shenk and Ervin R. Stutzman went to the book of Acts to see how the apostles started new churches. They weave into the biblical commentary practical applications gleaned from contemporary theology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and communication theory. Each chapter concludes with questions for review, study, and discussion.

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Cities: Missions’ New Frontier

by Roger S. Greenway, Timothy M. Monsma

As cities continue to expand, Christ calls the church to bring the gospel to these centers of population, culture, and political power.

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44 Questions for Church Planters

by Lyle E. Schaller

Answers the question “Why start new churches?” and shows how to reverse the decline of new church development. Schaller offers tested advice based on more than thirty years of working with leaders responsible for developing new churches.

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