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Planting Missional Churches

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  216 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by B&H Academic
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Aaron Carpenter
Rarely have I read a book that presents so many contrasting opinions with such grace and broad-based acceptance, and yet unashamedly retains a firm conviction on the non-negotiables. In the world of church planting there seem to be as many different approaches as there are cultures, churches, and planters, and Stetzer lets them all speak while constantly affirming Scriptural authority. This book offers a refreshing balance of doctrine and preference, clearly labeling each. That it could also be ...more
Cory Shumate
This is a book all about the principles and practicals of church planting, specifically for North America, which he says repeatedly is now a mission field (contrary to history), and an invaluable instrument in God's Kingdom. Yet this book still only scratches the surface (which Stetzer acknowledges). He provides a list of suggested materials for further reading at the end of each chapter, which is great. He opens up the book quite appropriately with a chapter on why church planting is necessary ...more
Matt Moran
"Establishing a missional church means planting a church that's Biblically sounds and reaching people in culture." - Ed Stetzer.

Stetzer nails it on the priority of the missio Dei. He has a good practical mindset and pushes a consistent, constant church planting agenda. The early chapters about missional churches and ch. 7 on Planter/Pastor issues are particularly solid.

The book progresses into more nuts and bolts methodology. Some methods that Stetzer recommends seemed hokey or outdated, or tech
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Luis Branco
I have really enjoyed this book. It holds a well-balanced theology, it is very practical and might work fine as a manual for church planters. It touches in various kinds of contemporary ideology or philosophy, such as postmodernism. I really do recommend it.
Duncan Robinson
Ed Stetzer and his crew at Lifeway have provided an incredibly well researched and structure book on foundational principles for planting missional churches. This book is strategic, insightful and Gospel minded. It is a well crafted book that will help and encourage any would-be planter. It like many of Ed's other books is easy to read and contains excellent data and examination of data. It is a must for any would be planter.
Rachel
a lot of good stuff in here, really lays it out well. I found it a little dry but then I'm part of the microwave generation and like a little creative flair to keep my interest.
Still its apparently (according to my proff...and the back cover of this book) 'the' book on church planting. So if that is an area of interest to you pick this up and read. It's a complicated subject and fascinating in it's own way.
Tim
Good stuff in the motivation chapters
Heather Hampton
This book is a very through book about church planting. Not always super interesting but a ton of great information. Everything from various examples, to Biblical references to how to do various things within a church plant. A lot of good information. I would recommend this to someone planting a church.
Jeff Robinson
A decent church planting manual. Covers a variety of models and methods, citing research and personal experiences. References to advertising and internet show the book's age. There's probably something more recent that would be more helpful; Stetzer and others keep publishing updated stuff.
Nancy Graham
Extremely helpful guide for launching passionate, responsive, faithful, well-imagined communities of faith. Includes many how-tos and approaches while avoiding monolithic, one-size-fits-all solutions -- and ultimately identifying a vital connection to God as the source for fruitfulness.
Rod White
Jul 04, 2007 Rod White rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: church planters -- and not just the pastor
This is a good text book on how to plant a churchthese days. It is chock-full of resources, just in case you never get to go to a class. It is a text, so don't expect to be entertained. But since we intend to plant a few more churches, it would be nice if about 25 people read it.
Brian
This book had a lot of fundamentals to planting a church. At times it read much like a manual. I picked up quite a few good mechanics for keeping mission at the center of church life.
Drew
Definitely got me thinking about why church planting is crucial. It also gave solid information on the issues involved and how to go about doing it.
Bobby
If you are currently planting, about to plant, or thinking of planting a church - this is the go to book. THE manual.
Tuukka Oksanen
Too verbose. I couldn't really identify whether it's good for theology, vision, or doctrine.
Caleb Gibson
Step by step by step by step. Stetzer provides a great church planting book!
Jeff
Practical help and advice for every pastor, missionary and church member.
Aaron Carlberg
How you do it…1,2,3…
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