Books abound on church planting. Few go into such sweeping and helpful detail. This book sheds great light on what a church ought to be and how it can reach out in church planting. Get it and read it! - Ralph Winter, Founder, U. S. Center for World Mission My only criticism of Paynes' Discovering Church Planting is that it should have been published 50 years ago. - Dr. George Patterson, Co-author Church Multiplication Guide For anyone who wants a good read-this is a clinic in church planting. I highly recommend this book. - Charles Brock, President of Church Growth International J. D. Payne has written the single comprehensive guide to church planting that covers biblical foundations, missiological principles, historical paradigms, and contemporary issues. I see Discovering Church Planting as becoming the textbook for the discipline for years to come. - Thom S. Rainer, President and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources I wish I had read this book twenty years ago. It will put any church planter light-years ahead. - David Putnam, Co-founder of www.churchplanters.com, Executive Pastor, Mountain Lake Church, Cumming, GA
About the Author
J. D. PAYNE is a National Missionary with the North American Mission Board and Associate Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous articles and reviews in the area of missions and evangelism and is the author of Missional House Churches: Reaching Our Communities with the Gospel and The Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Practices of Church Planting Team Members. He is also the founder of the web-based resource northamericanmissions.org. J. D. has served as a pastor and has worked with several church planting teams. He best describes himself as a "Barnabas" to church planters and pastors. His desire is to minister alongside others in order to see them equipped to become all that God desires for them as they multiply disciples, leaders and churches. He is married to Sarah, a physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, working part-time at a clinic for uninsured populations in Louisville, Kentucky. They have three young children, Hannah, Rachel, and Joel.