Church Planting from the Ground Up is a visionary guide for the critical task of new church multiplication. Share in the wisdom of numerous field-tested veterans as you gain insight from their stories, practical ideas, and real-word experiences.
The church planting movement within the independent tradition of Christian churches is strategically significant. In ratio to their number of prior churches, they seem to plant more churches that become large regional churches than any other tradition or denomination. They have been teaching each other ‘how to do it’ for years. While any collection is uneven, this one permits a wider audience to access much of their practical wisdom.
—George G. Hunter, distinguished emeritus professor of evangelization, Asbury Theological Seminary
Here is a valuable contribution to the literature on church planting. The authors are biblically grounded. They bring credibility in that their insights are birthed and nurtured in personal experience. The range of topics covered is comprehensive. It is one thing to birth a church (as painful and challenging as that might be), but it is another to see those new churches grow to maturity, become a breeding ground for new church planters, and demonstrated that they are reproducible.
—Eddie Gibbs, emeritus professor of church growth, Fuller Theological Seminary
The pace of population growth continues to race faster than the growth of the church. Visionary, focused, healthy, and strategic new churches are our best and maybe only hope for bridging the gap. Yet church planting is fraught with numerous land mines that can derail even the best of prayerful intentions. Here’s a tool designed to keep you on course and out of the ditch from leading practitioners who’ve been in the trenches and a few ditches themselves. Every team considering the adventure of church planting will serve their vision well by reading this book before taking another step.
—Gene Appel, senior pastor, Eastside Christian Church, Fullerton, CA
Every church planter, denominational supervisor, and pastor needs to read and benefit from the practical wisdom, raw urgency, and passion in Church Planting from the Ground Up. Not the product of theoreticians, Church Planting from the Ground Up . . . was forged in the heat of experience. Developed by a team of church planters, this wonderful resource reads, at times, like dispatches from the front lines of a war and at other times feels like that much needed cup of coffee with an experienced friend. This welcome addition to the much needed field of church planter resources will empower, encourage, and equip you the reader to a more effective and fruitful ministry.
—Tom Clegg, president and founder, Clegg Consulting Group
This resource is for everyone—denomination executives, college and seminary administrators, professors, pastors of established churches, scholars and researchers, students, members of the laity as well as church planters. Found in the pages of this handbook are engaging chapters that integrate sound foundational principles on specific topics with practical ministry application.
—Charles Ridley, professor of counseling psychology, Texas A & M University
Here is a most useful book on church planting that combines practical wisdom with theological substance. It is written by practitioners who have learned not only by doing but also from Scripture and from significant literature on the church and church planting. The range of topics covered is impressive. Anyone engaged in church planting, or wanting to know more about it, will benefit from this book.
—Howard A. Snyder, professor of Wesley studies, Tyndale Seminary
Tom Jones received his BA from Milligan College, MDiv from Emmanuel School of Religion, and DMin from United Theological Seminary. He is an associate professor of Christian ministries and the director of the Supervised Ministerial Experience Program at Emmanuel School of Religion.