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Planting Churches in the Real World
by Joel Rainey
Most church planting literature highlights enormously successful ministries. While such ministries can serve as a noble benchmark for every church planter, they are far from the norm. Most who plant churches will never see their name in lights, and all who plant churches will find it to be one of the most difficult things they have ever sought to accomplish. In this book, ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Missional Press
(first published 2008)
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Rainey's book does a great job of presenting the highs and lows of church planting from a practical, personal perspective. While other books are based on taking a step-by-step approach, Rainey avoids giving any pie-in-the-sky assessments. He tells it like it is. It can be a great experience and also one of the toughest things you ever do, and he correctly notes that there is no success without God's presence throughout the process. He admits that he made many, many mistakes in his church plant e ...more
Overall a decent church planting book. I number of the authors theological opinions were definitely out dated and I do not agree with them, but I liked his advice on church planting. Would mainly be beneficial to pastors starting a new church, not necessarily those on the leadership team. Also, could have been written better.