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1 Books Recommended on Church Planting and Multiplication: Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World. Today this ancient prophecy is being fulfilled in ways never before dreamed possible. This book reveals how God is turning millions to new life in Jesus Christ through the miracle of Church Planting Movements. Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement. Authors Dave and Jon Ferguson communicate a simple strategy that will engage millions of Christ followers and challenge every church leader to become a reproducing follower and leader. Exponential lays out a brief but solid theology for a reproducing strategy, giving practical 'how- to's' for reproducing Christ followers, leaders, artists, groups/teams, venues, sites, churches, and networks of churches. Weaved throughout this book is the amazing story of Community Christian Church, which was started by five friends who used the reproducing strategies found in Exponential to grow one of the most influential churches in the U.S. and develop a network of reproducing churches. Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission Church Planter is an essential resource for those considering planting a church or already in such a plant, and maybe even more important for those leading an established church. It has wide- ranging application for elders and leadership teams seeking to better understand how the gospel must take root in their church. Avoiding an over- emphasis on particular models or methods, Patrick lays out biblical principles and sound wisdom as he urges the church to return to biblical criteria for determining the man, the message, and the mission God uses to build his church. Missionary Methods: St Paul's or Ours? Be prepared to change your views on principles of missionary methods in this authoritative work, first published in 1912, but which contains a wide scope of information relevant for the present day. Within a decade, St. Paul established the Church in the four provinces of Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia. This informative study focuses on the social background to the Apostle's missionary journeys with comparisons between his methods and those of the modern day.

2 The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church: And the Causes That Hinder It. Roland Allen wrote this book 100 years ago based on his experiences as a missionary in China. His conclusion: Missionaries should seek to raise up local leaders and then step out of the way. It was Allen's belief that only people with a local connection to a land and its people could raise up the sort of spontaneous expansion of the church that he saw as normative. Local leaders raised up as priests and bishops was the only way for the church to explode through society. Allen's thoughts are timeless. Equally applicable to overseas mission fields today and inner- city outreach in America. By reaching to the local people, embracing everyone as equals, and turning people loose with their God- given talents, expansion of the church would be rapid, and inevitable The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church. In this provocative book, author, consultant, and church leadership developer Reggie McNeal debunks these and other old assumptions and provides an overall strategy to help church leaders move forward in an entirely different and much more effective way. In The Present Future, McNeal identifies the six most important realities that church leaders must address including: recapturing the spirit of Christianity and replacing "church growth" with a wider vision of kingdom growth; developing disciples instead of church members; fostering the rise of a new apostolic leadership; focusing on spiritual formation rather than church programs; and shifting from prediction and planning to preparation for the challenges of an uncertain world. McNeal contends that by changing the questions church leaders ask themselves about their congregations and their plans, they can frame the core issues and approach the future with new eyes, new purpose, and new ideas. The Indigenous Church. With Protestant missions passing through a time of rapid change, there is a need for a reassessment of planting churches. This book is an appraisal of the methods used in planting and advancing churches in these changing times. If begins with an examination of the New Testament church and the Biblical basis of missions in the Book of Acts. After the Biblical characteristics are determined, the methods of starting a new church on the mission field are minutely explored. Natural Church Development: A Guide to Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches. With this edition, author Christian A. Schwarz presents an updated and revised version of what has become a classic on church health. This book could liberate thousands of pastors from debilitating mythologies that have plagued their daily

3 lives. If could give the, hope, direction, and finally full confidence their work is pleasing to God. T4T: A Discipleship Re- Revolution: The Story Behind the World's Fastest Growing Church Planting Movement and How it Can Happen in Your Community! Steve Smith's book represents the accumulated wisdom of nearly two decades of CPM best practices from around the world. The T4T, or Training for Trainers, movement is the most explosive and fruitful Church Planting Movement that we have ever seen. Since its inception in 2001, the T4T movement has seen more than 1.7 million baptisms and more than 130,000 new church starts. Truly we have never seen anything quite like this movement that is now influencing other mission efforts throughout the world. With Steve Smith and Ying Kai's help, we are now given an insider's look at how and why this movement is multiplying so rapidly. The book also includes real life examples and case studies of how T4T is multiplying new churches and groups in Asia, the Muslim world, and the U.S. The Ripple Church: Multiply Your Ministry by Parenting New Churches. The Ripple Church will inspire you to become involved in church planting and provide practical steps for planting churches from existing congregations. This book effectively communicated the motivation, theory, and practice of planting new churches. Discovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting. In J. D. Payne explores the biblical, historical and missiological principles of global church planting as well as unfolding practical strategies for confronting contemporary challenges to our vital task in reaching a lost world. This comprehensive introduction to church planting shows the reader how to apply effective, international church planting practices to specific contexts. J. D. speaks from personal experience, research and training and focuses on crucial issues every planter should consider. His well researched and easy to understand concepts are crucial for anyone who takes seriously the call of Scripture to Declare His glory among the nations and His marvelous deeds to all peoples. The Multiplying Church: The New Math for Starting New Churches. The 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. In this book, Bob Roberts helps us return to an early- church model of

4 multiplication where a single church sent laypeople out to plant other communities of believers. Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers. 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 catalyze 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. The book addresses their questions about what to do next in their church planting strategies, in light of research on what's actually working best. Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church. An expert practitioner answers to questions about the burgeoning organic church movement, Neil Cole's best- selling book Organic Church described the fastest growing segment of contemporary Christianity- the so- called organic church. Now in this next- step book, he answers questions about how to deal with theological and organizational issues that come up. He talks about issues such has what to do with finances, children, heresy, leader training, and rituals and ordinances. Without the top- down structure of a denomination, even people who are proponents of this small, house- church model worry that they are not doing it right. Planting Missional Churches. 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. The Equipping Church Guidebook. Like a building site well- stocked with quality raw materials, your church abounds with possibilities- - life- changing ministries just waiting to be developed. The Equipping Church Guidebook shows you how. Refining and expanding groundbreaking material, this in- depth approach helps you identify, equip, and empower lay ministers who will profoundly influence your church and your community. Behind this volume lies a massive body of research on hundreds of equipping churches across the country. Now you and your leadership team can reap the benefits with this exhaustive, hands- on resource.

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