A Church Planter’s Resource List

Church Planters Reading

At the end of this year, 2016, I am being sent out by Newlife Uniting Church to plant a church. As part of my preparation, I’m reading as widely as I can and thought I’d document what I’m reading here, so that if you are facing the same challenge you might be well resourced. This A Church Planter’s Reading List features books in the order they are being read. I’ve also offered affiliate links for you to access any that you like the sound of.

The Gospel Coalition asked 20 well-seasoned leaders and pastors what were the three top books they should read in regard to church planting. Their answers are diverse and brilliant. You can see their list here.

Books on church planting

Gaining By Losing – JD Greear

gaining_by_losing_190_281_90People are leaving the church J.D. Greear pastors. Big givers. Key volunteers. Some of his best leaders and friends. And that’s exactly how he wants it to be. When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, he revealed that the key to reaching the world with the gospel is found in sending, not gathering.

This is such a good book to devour in order to develop a macro vantage point about church planting. Its call is to churches, challenging them toes end more people out into church planting. It looks at how a church might do that and what changes might need to take place first.

 

Church Planter – Darrin Patrick

511cLzzfkJL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Much of what is written about church planting aims at methodology and strategy for facing such challenges, but specific strategies do not apply to every context. What lies deeper, at the heart of every church plant?The most critical human component of every church plant is the planter.Darrin Patrick, vice president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network, looks at what Scripture teaches about this man’s character, his teaching, and the aim of his church.

This book is for all Christian leaders. While I’m not keen on the author’s need to be male-centric, it is an Acts 29 Church Planting Movement manual. I think it’s a potential textbook for anyone looking to move into full-time ministry (providing you can look past the strong complementarian position). I think I’ll use it to help future church planters develop.

 

44 Questions For Church Planters – Lyle E. Schaller

Unknown-8Answers 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.

Lyndal, my wife, said it best, ‘Shouldn’t the cover have given something away?’ I guess sometimes you can and should judge a book by its cover. This book is 25 years old and unfortunately, unlike Schaller’s other work, didn’t offer much at all to my thinking about starting a church in 2017. Also, there aren’t a clear 44 questions presented.

 

Starting A New Church – Ralph Moore

51DcIYaU9JL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_According to the author, perhaps our greatest responsibility is to evangelise our own generation. Yet established churches are not able to do that. In fact, rising generations of Americans live in ignorance of Jesus Christ and have no moral absolutes. Aggressive church planting, the author believes, is the answer to the problem, because new churches focus on the needs of each new generation and present biblical truth in the cultural context that best reaches those people. The objectives of this book are to lay down the challenge to consider becoming a church planter while at the same time screen out wishful thinking and focus on the practical challenges of church planting.

Loved this book. It’s a comprehensive, insight into church planting and relatable to any size church. Moore has lots of practical tips and speaks from his vast experience. It’s a solid all-rounder I would suggest anyone thinking of planting a church should read.

 

Launch – Nelson Searcy & Kerrick Thomas

churchfromscratchStarting a church from scratch? Start here! This is no typical church planting or church growth book. The authors, both pastors at The Journey Church of the City in Manhattan, offer specific strategies for beginning a church from scratch, based on their own experiences in launching a church with no members, no money, and no staff and watched membership skyrocket to more than a thousand people in three years! They offer clear, practical how-to strategies for quickly raising funds, creating a team, planning services, effective evangelism, and rapidly developing a growing membership.

In a helpful and down to earth way the authors walk you through what they did to launch a church. It’s a good book and reveals some important lessons not to be missed. They are quite prescriptive with what they say will work and it is geared to the success they’ve had in NYC. Absolutely worth a read, though!

 

Viral Churches – Ed Stetzer & Warren Bird

viralchurchesA groundbreaking guide for multiplying the impact of church plants based on a study that was commissioned by the Leadership Network, this book reveals the best practices in church planting and uncovers the common threads among them. A much-needed resource, this book will inform, guide, and even catalyse today’s many church planting leaders. The authors clearly show leaders how to plant churches that create a multiplication movement and offer inspiration for them to do so.

This book offers a very high and wide exploration and commentary on what is happening in the United States around church planting. It explores multiplication verses addition, house churches, mega churches, local churches and small churches. Plus it’s all backed up with research which is presented in an accessible and very helpful manner. The stories that hold the book together are also very encouraging and quite intriguing.

 

The New Dynamic Church Planting Handbook – Paul Becker, Jim Carpenter, Mark Williams

scan0008This free PDF book from Dynamic Church Planting International is said to be an invaluable resource for church planters, both concerning the theology and practice of setting up a new plant.

 

 

Why God Made Cities – Timothy Keller

citiesTim Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and the chairman of Redeemer City to City, a ministry which has helped start over 300 churches in 45 cities. This FREE download explores the redemptive purposes of the city and what we are called to do in them. The text is adapted from the sermon “The Problem of the City” by Timothy Keller, presented as part of the series “Modern Problems; Ancient Solutions” at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 7, 1993.

SO GOOD. This is an absolute MUST read for every church planter, ever! Read it! It’ll help you understand the central importance of the church in cities and how to engage in a city theology.

 

Books on Church

Small Is Big – Tony & Felicity Dale | George Barna

978-1-4143-3941-2Church planters Tony and Felicity Dale and acclaimed researcher George Barna bring a big message to God’s church. How might we change the world if our Christian faith began multiplying at a rapid pace–through a way of life that is explosive and transformational? It happened once before, in the early days of the church; what will it take to bring us to that point of urgency and determination again?

This book about house churches. I don’t feel called to the house church movement, but the authors do offer a HEAP of really insight wisdom and helpful ideas.

 

Simple Church – Thom Rainer & Eric Geiger

simple-churchThe simple revolution is here. From the design of Apple products to Google’s uncluttered homepage, simple ideas are changing the world. Now in paperback, multi-awarded #1 national bestseller “Simple Church” guides Christians back to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required. With insights based on case studies of400 American churches, Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove the disciple-making process is often too complex. Simple churches thrive by taking four ideas to heart: Clarity. Movement. Alignment. Focus. ” Simple Church” examines each idea, clearly showing why it is time to simplify.

The best book I’ve read on making disciples from an organisational level of church. These guys have been around for ages, have solid experience and data to back up their claims and present it in a very helpful manner. they walk you through how you might do it. They don’t tell you what to do but help you figure it out as you go along. I highly recommend this book if you’re wondering how your church or ministry can make disciples more effectively.

 

Doing Church As A Team – Wayne Cordeiro

51rJbZmrusL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_When a Church Works Together, “Nothing “Is Beyond Reach Your church may have many members, but does every member have a purpose? In “Doing Church as a Team,” Pastor Wayne Cordeiro underscores that church numbers are insignificant when every individual is not involved. However, if the team members work together as one toward a single, clearly defined goal, anything is possible–and everyone shares in the joys and rewards of success!

It was a good book, but quite elementary. Cordero offers a solid introduction to church leadership and covers the basics well. It didn’t add much to my thinking, but for someone unfamiliar with church leadership, it would be a great place to begin.

Other Christian Books

The Pursuit of God – A.W. Tozer

418kkD3+SZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963) was an American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor, Bible conference speaker and spiritual mentor. Hailing from a tiny farming community in western Pennsylvania, his conversion was as a teenager in Akron, Ohio. In 1919, five years after his conversion, and without formal theological training, Tozer accepted an offer to pastor his first church. This began 44 years of ministry.He was also a prolific author. Among the more than 40 books that he authored, at least two are regarded as Christian classics: The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy.

I wanted to ensure that my heart is fixed on the right things and this book has provided that guidance. We should pursue God, and not all of things we associate with God, but God self. Tower doesn’t pull any punches but says it how it needs to be.

 

Resident Aliens – Stanley Hauerwas & William H. Willimon

resident-aliensOnly when the Church enacts its scandalous Jesus-centered tradition will it truly be the body of Christ and transform the world. Twenty-five years after its first appearance, Resident Aliens remains a prophetic vision of how the Church can regain its vitality, battle its malaise, reclaim its capacity to nourish souls, and stand firmly against the illusions, pretensions, and eroding values of today’s world. Resident Aliens discusses the nature of the church and its relationship to surrounding culture. It argues that churches should focus on developing Christian life and community rather than attempting to reform secular culture.

This is a classic book when it comes to what it means to live as a Christian in our modern culture, and belong to a kingdom that is not of this world. It was a good reminder of the theological importance of being in the world but not of the world, resident aliens in our culture if you will.

 

Multiply: Volume 1 – Francis Chan

31Y4vBYcRdL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Jesus gave his followers a command: Follow me. And a promise: And I will equip you to find others to follow me. We were made to make disciples.Designed for use in discipleship relationships and other focused settings, “Multiply “will equip you to carry out Jesus s ministry. Each of the twenty-four sessions in the book corresponds with an online video at www.multiplymovement.com, where “New York Times “bestselling author David Platt joins Francis in guiding you through each part of “Multiply.”One plus one plus one. Every copy of “Multiply “is designed to do what Jesus did: make disciples who make disciples who make disciples . Until the world knows the truth of Jesus Christ.”

This book was not what I expected it to be. I thought it would be an exploration of Chan’s discipleship model, instead, it is Chan’s discipleship model, which you take and actually use with someone you are wanting to disciple. While I’m not completely sure, it’s likely this book will be a central aspect of the discipleship we want to encourage.

 

Everyday Supernatural – Mike Pilavachi & Andy Croft

everyday_supernaturalMost Christians believe in God’s power, yet few see evidence of the supernatural in their lives. Mike Pilavachi and Andy Croft believe that God wants each of his followers to know the work of the Holy Spirit. In Everyday Supernatural, they explore: How to live a Spirit-filled life that is consistent with Scripture; How to use the gifts of the Spirit as everyday tools; Practical ideas for prayer; Why sometimes healing doesn’t happen; Ways to show dependence upon the Holy Spirit; Everyday Supernatural is an engaging, biblically based invitation to make supernatural power a part of every day life.

Loved this book, maybe because I love Mike Pilavachi! It is an honest and open look into how they do what they do, moving in the Spirit – how they grew into it, how they’ve botched it up and how anyone else can do the same. It’s funny, entertaining, insightful and GOLD when it comes to thinking about ministry time in churches or praying with people you meet who God nudges you about.

 

The Circle Maker – Mark Batterson

book-largeAccording to Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker, Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us. Do you ever sense that there s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people.

It’s a pretty basic book, which calls its readers back to audacious prayers. Batterson encourages his readers to take hold of an issue, a place or a thing and bring it before God, by ‘drawing a circle around it’. There’s a cheeky little companion book called Be A Circle Maker, which is shorter, cheaper and offers a great summary and challenge if you want to avoid reading the whole thing.

 

 

Secular Books that will help

Made To Stick – Chip Heath & Dan Heath

made-to-stickUrban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others struggle to make their ideas stick. Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In “Made to Stick,” accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions. Inside, the brothers Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the human scale principle, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating curiosity gaps.

(still reading) This is one of those classic, well-researched, easy to read, highly insightful leadership books. In terms of developing language and ideas that are sticky for people both inside and outside of the church, this book is a winner and one I would highly recommend.

 

The Personal MBA – Josh Kaufman

23021099._UY200_This book gives you everything you need to transform your business, your career or your working life forever. An MBA at a top school is an enormous investment in time, effort and cold, hard cash. And if you don’t want to work for a consulting firm or an investment bank, the chances are it simply isn’t worth it. Josh Kaufman is the rogue professor of modern business education. Feted by everyone from the business media to Seth Godin and David Allen, he’s torn up the rulebook and given thousands of people worldwide the tools to teach themselves everything they need to know. “The Personal MBA” teaches simple mental models for every subject that’s key to commercial success. From the basics of products, sales & marketing and finance to the nuances of human psychology, teamwork and creating systems, this book distills everything you need to know to take on the MBA graduates and win.

(still reading)

 

Death By Meeting – Patrick Lencioni

Death-by-MeetingIn his latest page-turning work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides readers with another powerful and thought-provoking book, this one centred around a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.

Lencioni brilliantly covers the role and structures meetings should play in your organisation. He talks about type, format and timing and offers an excellent framework by which to apply to your meetings. GOLD!

 

Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck – Anthony K. Tjan, Richard J. Harrington & Tsun-yan Hsieh

51CosCr0qDL._SX347_BO1,204,203,200_What’s your entrepreneurial profile? Do you have what it takes to build a great business? In this book, three prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs–now venture capitalists and CEO advisers–share the qualities that surface again and again in those who successfully achieve their goals. The common traits? Heart, smarts, guts, and luck. After interviewing and researching hundreds of business-builders across the globe, the authors found that every one of them–from young founder to seasoned CEO–holds a combination of these four attributes.

It was interesting to do the Entrepreneurial Assessment Test, which these guys have developed. It takes maybe 10 minutes and will yield some worthwhile insights about yourself and your entrepreneurial aptitude.

 

Open Leadership – Charlene Li

513gMA+TqBL._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_An essential guide for leaders who want to use social media to be “open” while maintaining control “Be Open, Be Transparent, Be Authentic” are the current leadership mantras-but companies often push back. Business is premised on the concept of control and yet the new world order demands openness-leaders do not know how to be open and be in control. This must-have resource will help the modern leader understand how to lead in the new open world, where blogging, twittering, Facebooking, and digging are becoming the norm. the author lays out the steps that leaders must take to transform their organisations and themselves into being “open” -and exactly what that will mean.

Every CEO and Lead Pastor should read this book. It explores how opens, driven by technology and advancements in our culture, can now equip us to bring more people along on the journey. It’s a well researched, well written, solid book that is much needed in this day and age.

 

Quiet – Susan Cain

8520610Our lives are driven by a fact that most of us can’t name and don’t understand. It defines who our friends and lovers are, which careers we choose and whether we blush when we’re embarrassed. That fact is whether we’re an introvert or an extrovert. The introvert/extrovert divide is the most fundamental dimension of personality. And at least a third of us are on the introverted side. Some of the world’s most talented people are introverts. Without them, we wouldn’t have the Apple computer, the theory of relativity and Van Gogh’s sunflowers. Yet extroverts have taken over. Shyness, sensitivity and seriousness are often seen as being negative. Introverts feel reproached for being the way they are.

Such a great book which helped me think about how a church plant needs to value and drawn the most out of unsuspecting introverts. Many churches naturally cater to extroverts while so many Christians are introverts. Really clever stuff!

 

The Ideal Team Player – Patrick Lencioni

the-ideal-team-playerBeyond the leadership fable, Lencioni tells (a skill Lencioni is known for) he presents a practical framework and actionable tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players. Whether you’re a leader trying to create a culture around teamwork, a staffing professional looking to hire real team players, or a team player wanting to improve yourself, this book will prove to be as useful as it is compelling.

While being super simple and so straightforward as is all of Lencioni’s work, it calls leaders back to the essential and non-negotiable qualities we need to look for in a team player. I found the book easy to read, ad while not too groundbreaking it was a good reminder of the three qualities I should be on the lookout for in my future team: Hungry, Humble and People Smart.

 

Organic Church – Neil Cole

organic-churchChurches have tried all kinds of ways to attract new and younger members – revised vision statements, hipper worship, contemporary music, livelier sermons, bigger and better auditoriums. But there are still so many people who aren’t being reached, who don’t want to come to church. And the truth is that attendance at church on Sundays does not necessarily transform lives; God’s presence in our hearts is what changes us. Leaders and laypeople everywhere are realising that they need new and more powerful ways to help them spread God’s Word.

In many ways, this book says what lots of other books say about small churches, in houses, who develop the ability to rapidly reproduce. Neil is a great leader and has some great things to say. This book focusses on some of the theological reasoning behind why this method of church is valid.

 

Encounter The Holy Spirit – Jeannie Morgan

21283267._UY200_This book is written with new and young Christians in mind. The author, a member of the Soul Survivor team, has come to see that some very basic but engaging teaching, laced with good stories, is a vital component in their formation. The function of this book is to provide the reader with simple steps of how to receive, use and develop gifts of the Holy Spirit.

So easy to read and such a warm and inviting approach to explore who the Holy Spirit is and how the Spirit works and chooses to be present in the lives of God’s people. I’m going to give this book to someone I just led to faith. It’ll be perfect in orientating them to what Jesus wants to do in their life and will be key in explaining how God works.

 

Discipleshift – Jim Putman & Bobby Harrington

DiscipleshiftOver the last thirty years, many influential church leaders and church planters in America have adopted various models for reaching unchurched people. An attractional model will seek to attract people to a local church. Younger leaders may advocate a more missional approach, in which believers live and work among unchurched people and intentionally seek to serve like Christ. While each of these approaches has merit, something is still missing, something even more fundamental to the mission of the church: discipleship. Making disciples helping people to trust and follow Jesus is the church s God-given mandate.

This book covers it all when it come to directing and equipping a church to make disciples. After the journey we’ve been through in wrestling with this issue of making disciples, it affirmed what we were thinking but didn’t add a great deal to it, with the exception of helping us think through the individual one-on-one mechanics of it. If you’re wanting to get your teeth stuck into making disciples and you’re feeling like you’re missing the mark. This is the book for you!

 

Radical – David Platt

RadicalWHAT IS JESUS WORTH TO YOU? It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily…BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT? DO YOU? In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences.

Dave Platt calls people boldly away from consumerism and back to the heartbeat of a Gospel he fears has been forgotten. In many ways this books just supported much of what I’ve read already. It will be good for your soul, and helpful to your theology.

 

Centre Church – Timothy Keller

center-churchToday many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology. How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalised culture and context? In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City. This book outlines a theological vision for ministry – applying classic doctrines to our time and place – organised around three core commitments: Gospel-centered, City-centered, Movement-centered. At the same time, he enables us to think through how we can responsibly interact with the culture, how we can – indeed, must – appreciate good things within it, and how we can firmly and faithfully apply the gospel to it.”

I think it’s fair and accurate to say that every church leader should read this book. It’s the bible for church planting and essential reading for every church planter, as you seek to develop a theological vision, which brings together your doctrine and ministry form. It’s so comprehensive and insightful, seeking to equip leaders for cultural mission.

 

The Master Plan of Evangelism – Robert E. Coleman

51kxf3bf1xl-_sx302_bo1204203200_For more than forty years this classic study has shown Christians how to minister to the people God brings into their lives. Instead of drawing on the latest popular fad or the newest selling technique, Dr. Robert E. Coleman looks to the Bible to find the answer to the question: What was Christ’s strategy for evangelism? This convenient, portable format has an updated look for a new generation of readers.

I really enjoyed this book. Coleman simply walks his reader, step by step, through what Jesus did to make disciples. Spoiler alert: The plan is that God has been calling people to himself, via the lives of others since the dawn of time. His call is to all who follow Jesus to be part of it. His premise is, it’s all about evangelism, because it’s inseparable from making disciples.

 

Redeemer Church Planting Manual – Timothy Keller

redeemerThe Redeemer Church Planting Manual is an extensive compendium of outlines, lectures, essays, exercises and other materials that prepare learners for church planting especially in an urban setting. As with other similar manuals, this manual shares the conviction that church planting is the single “most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.” (C.P. Wagner) But most books on new church development are either too general (telling us why to do church planting but not how to do it) or too specific (telling us how to reproduce just one particular kind of church model.) This manual equips the reader to think creatively about how to start churches in any context, culture or people group.

 

David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell

dangWhat if everything we thought about power was wrong? What if, in the ancient story of the shepherd boy who topples a giant, David actually had the advantage? This thought sets Malcolm Gladwell on an extraordinary journey that takes him from art to basketball, the brain to revolutions, along the way weaving unforgettable stories of misfits, outsiders, tricksters and underdogs who have faced outsized challenges and won. With his trademark warmth, humour and gift for showing us the world through new eyes, Gladwell lets us see why the powerful aren’t always what we think they are – and that some of us have more strength and purpose than we could ever imagine.

Brilliant as always, Gladwell’s stuff is always remarkable and this was no exception. Deconstructing the common opinions and assumptions society holds as to why underdogs win – and the church can certainly be the underdog – Gladwell provides numerous gems as to why this is so, which enriches his reader’s thinking. I was certainly enriched.

 

The Star Fish And The Spider – Ori Brafman &  Rod A. Beckstrom

220px-starfishandthespiderbookIf you cut off a spider’s head, it dies; if you cut off a starfish’s leg it grows a new one, and that leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. Traditional top-down organizations are like spiders, but now starfish organizations are changing the face of business and the world. What’s the hidden power behind the success of Wikipedia, craigslist, and Skype? What do eBay and General Electric have in common with the abolitionist and women’s rights movements? What fundamental choice put General Motors and Toyota on vastly different paths? Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom have discovered some unexpected answers, gripping stories, and a tapestry of unlikely connections.

This book is a must read for church planters. Ori and Rod explore, so helpfully, the nature of centralised (top down) and decentralised (flat) organisations, not to mention the hybrids. Decentralised or open systems will be dominating the world stage more and more as our society moves forward and understanding them to leverage the idea is essential.

 

Missionary Methods: St.Paul’s or Ours? – Roland Allen

9780802810014-us-300This study of Paul’s missionary work focuses not on the apostle’s doctrine or character but on the method by which he accomplished his task. Throughout, Allen compares Paul’s methods to modern missionary methods; he concludes by suggesting some ways the apostolic method might be usefully employed today.

This was that book that kept popping up time and time again as a reference to so many church plant thinkers. It is an academic type read but very insightful and helpful. He works to de-bunk a number of myths surrounding Paul’s missionary plight and explore how what Paul did in one culture might translate across to our culture. It’s a very important book, with a very boring cover.

 

 

Better Together – Jim Tomberlin & Warren Bird

13345348Thousands of Protestant churches are perplexed by plateaued or declining attendance, while other congregations nearby thrive. Is there a way for them to combine forces, drawing on both their strengths, in ways that also increase their missional impact? Church merger consultant Jim Tomberlin, with co-writer Warren Bird, makes the case that mergers today work best not with two struggling churches but with a vital, momentum-filled lead church partnering with a joining church. In this new book, they provide a complete, practical, hands-on guide for church leaders of both struggling and vibrant churches so that they can understand the issues, develop strategies, and execute a variety of forms of merger for church expansion and renewal to reinvigorate declining churches and give them a “second life.”

This book is the best (and one of the few) book I’ve ever read on how church mergers should happen and the plethora of different options available. The authors speak with wisdom and compassion as they seek to help strong churches revitalise and help churches who are struggling. If you’re contemplating a church merger of any description, read this book!

 

The Multiplying Church – Bob Roberts Jnr.

multiplying-churchThe Multiplying Church is a primer for pastors and lay leaders involved in, or wanting to learn about, the church multiplication groundswell in North America. It shows how multiplying churches should be a natural, regular function of every church to reach the 70 percent of Americans who have no meaningful church relationship. Detailing the stories and guiding principles of this dramatic growth, this guide offers insight on: Why churches are multiplying in the East but not in the West Keys to church multiplication The missing link pregnant mother churches Antioch vs. Jerusalem: Which got it right? What kind of churches should we start? What is the end game of church planting? How big does a church have to be to start multiplying churches? Church planting movements or Jesus movements? Bob Roberts helps us return to an early-church model of multiplication where a single church sent laypeople out to plant other communities of believers.”

I loved this book. After everything I’ve read on church planting I enjoyed that this book could add to my thinking and knowledge base. Starting at a macro model level and focusing in on the micro-personal level this both encouraged and challenged me and gave me plenty to think about. Essentially it talks about what a church should look like in entirety if it’s to be a church that multiplies.

 

Conspiracy Of Kindness – Steve Sjogren

0830745726_l-copyGod is seeking to enter the heart of every person on this planet. Yet, for those who are not gifted evangelists, the task of communicating the gospel can seem daunting. What if there was another way? There is, and it’s called the conspiracy of kindness. Operating on a simple premise, this exciting form of servant evangelism enables every follower of Christ, from brand-new to mature believer, to become an effective evangelist through unassuming acts of kindness. In this book, Steve Sjogren offers a proven vision, simple strategy, and real-life stories that show the amazing impact servant evangelism has had throughout the world.

Steve’s work is great, because he has done it! It’s simple and easy to apply and the book contains heaps of ideas about what to do and how to do it.

 

The Lean Startup – Eric Ries

51vn15ycjyl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Most new businesses fail. But most of those failures are preventable. “The Lean Startup” is a new approach to business that’s being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. “The Lean Startup” is about learning what your customers really want. It’s about testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it’s too late. Now is the time to think Lean.

 

 

 

ORGANISATIONS

Acts 29 – http://www.acts29.com

Acts 29 is a family of church planting churches. It derives its name from the Book of Acts in the New Testament, which has 28 chapters, making Acts 29 the “next chapter” in the history of the church.

ARC – www.arcchurches.com.au

ARC’s church planter training is great not only for those beginning the journey of planting a new church, but also for those who are planting a new campus of an existing church, as well as for existing churches that simply want to learn the ARC model for being a life-giving church. So whether you’re planting a church, starting a new campus, or looking to strengthen your existing church, ARC Launch Training is available to you.

Multisite Solutions  – www.multisitesolutions.com

As seasoned practitioners and pioneers in the multisite movement, MultiSite Solutions provides the highest level of consulting and coaching expertise to help churches develop and implement customized multisite, merger and multiplication strategies. Click each of the three circles above to explore how we can best serve you and your church!

Geneva Push – http://genevapush.com

The vision of Geneva Push is to see hundreds of new churches evangelised into existence across Australia. Together we can do more for the sake of Jesus and God’s glory around the world. This work is done in obedience to the great commission (Matt. 28:18-20), with the goal of seeing many lives changed by the power of the Holy Spirit through the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ.

City to City – https://learn.redeemercitytocity.com/p/about/

Redeemer City to City is a leadership development organization founded by Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. You can partner directly with new churches in global cities through our projects page. Learn more about our vision for ministry in Center Church and download resources at Gospel in Life. Our mission is to help leaders build gospel movements in cities. Our vision is for a world-changing, city-renewing, gospel-centered global church.

City to City Australia – http://www.citytocityaustralia.org.au

City to City Australia exists to help leaders build gospel movements in Australian cities. The vision of City to City Australia is to join with God to see major city centres in Australia worshipping Jesus Christ as Lord so that God will renew them spiritually, socially and culturally to the glory of God the Father. City to City Australia is a resource for church planting and renewal in the cities of Australia. We are new. But we are a part of City to City Asia Pacific, which is, in turn, part of Redeemer City to City in New York City.

Dynamic Church Planting International – http://www.dcpi.org

Equipping leaders to plant 5 million dynamic churches to reach the world for Christ.

 

WEBSITES

http://www.churchplants.com/
Accompanied with this (and other) free resources: http://www.churchplants.com/free-downloads/12149-free-ebook-restoring-your-city-with-missional-communities.html

http://www.servantevangelism.com

https://newchurches.com

https://exponential.org/channel/churchplanting/
There are some free e-Books available on this site too.

Verge – http://www.vergenetwork.org
An advocate and champion for movements of gospel-centered Missional Communities, Verge Network exists for church leaders, students, entrepreneurs, artists, urban innovators, business leaders, community development specialists, non-profit leaders, church planters and everyday leaders – anyone pursuing the mission of God, in community, whatever the context, for the sake of the Gospel.

Future Gold Coast – http://futuregoldcoast.com.au
Beyond The Horizon: Imagining the future of the Gold Coast.
this is a report which forecast the next 35 years of what life will be on the Gold Coast.

Global Church Planting – http://www.globalchurchplanting.net

ARTICLES

Geneva Push have a huge range of resources available for free

The Ten Common Mistakes Made by Church Planters

6 Indicators That you May be a Church Planter