It seems that everyone is talking about planting new churches. Church Plants come in all shapes, sizes, types, and philosophies.
There are books about planting missional churches, 21st-century churches, successful churches (do people write books about planting unsuccessful ones?).
- ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church
- Church Planting is for Wimps: How God uses Messed Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches that Do Extraordinary Things (a little long in the title, but an intriguing read)
- Viral Churches – Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers
There are also some terrific authors and practioners, including Ed Stetzer (a prolific writer/blogger with lots of good stuff to say, Michael Frost (for the folks who like it straight up), Alan Hirsch (an Aussie globetrotter with lots of penetrating insights), Sean Benesh (planting in urban contexts and a personal favourite), Frank Viola (for the organic flavor of church planting), and the list goes on.
Check out this link to some of the better reads. If you’ve read some of the authors I’d love to hear your insights.
Who knows, maybe someday you’ll write a book saying something about your church planting experiences. I’d love to get a copy!
That’s my story – for now.