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  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: CCS Publishing (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979067960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979067969
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is an old saying, `Better late than never, but best never late.' Where has this book been? How different might the church be today if Comiskey's invaluable resource had been available even ten years ago? Don't discover Comiskey ten years from now and exclaim, `Where have I been!' The book we've needed and been waiting for is here now. Tag, you're it." ---- LEONARD SWEET Drew University, George Fox Evangelical Seminary, sermons.com

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"Here is a thoroughly practical, encouraging, and thoughtful contribution to the small but growing body of literature on multiplication movements. This is an important book not only because it involves a return to a more genuinely biblical ecclesiology, but also because it envisions the much more dynamic form of church that will advance the cause of Jesus in the 21st Century."

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My early childhood was spent in Long Beach, CA, where both of my parents were teachers at Long Beach City College. I attended elementary school through high school in L.B. I was transformed by Jesus Christ in 1974 at the age of seventeen after searching in many directions for the meaning of life. In 1978, I felt a definite call to be a missionary. In 1986, I met my wife Celyce Hahn of Mariposa, California, and we were married in Feb. 1988. In 1990 we left for missionary service in Ecuador, South America. In 2001 we returned for ministry in the U.S. and now live in Southern California with our three daughters: Sarah, Nicole, and Chelsea.

I received a Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary and am founder and president of Cell Church Solutions (CCS), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping churches fulfill the great commission.

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I found the appendices to be valuable as well.
Craig Ludrick
You'll be amazed at how simple it is to reproduce disciples, small groups and churches through the reproducible cross-cultural principles outlined this this book.
M. Gordon
Basic principles Joel shares will guide us in our current church plants and in future efforts.
Thomas E. Larner

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bogart on September 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm not a church planter, and I'm not familiar with the world of model-based church planting approaches. However, when Planting Churches that Reproduce showed up unexpectedly in my review pile I decided to read it in any case. Some of the terms appealed to me - simple church, house church etc. Having been a part of fulfilling fellowships that operated in homes I was eager to hear what the author had to say about these approaches to body-life.

So, while Comiskey is writing to an audience somewhat different than what I represent, I still found his book to be interesting and inspiring in terms of the potential for small, cell and home based methods of fellowship. Sometimes the language was more model-heavy and aptitude-heavy than it was Christ-centric, but Comiskey does make it clear that without Christ nothing is going to go well, and there are always exceptions to models and aptitude tests.

Comiskey draws upon his personal experiences as a church planter, as well as the successes and mistakes of others to explore some best practices for establishing reproducing fellowships. This is a very well referenced title that - while brief - covers all of the basics and provides a great deal of material for further study in the appendixes and bibliography for further research.

Anyone called to plant smaller churches that aren't so much program based, as they are people based will find much here to help them get a solid start. The cell and celebration model (or networked house churches) is one that my husband has expressed when envisioning an ideal church, so I was excited to read that this model is actually being practiced elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Reed on October 15, 2009
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The book comes with praxis authority that combines practice, theory, and reflection from a veteran church planter with a wealth of experience, knowledge and a humble heart for the Lord. We are using the book in our church in Spain to cast a vision for the multiplication of cell groups and a church planting movement of Jesus communities that are networked together. The book points not to a fad or simply a model, but what I believe is a contextual and practical application for our day of timeless truths of Christ and His word. I am a church planter, pastor and help coordinate publications for Alpha Spain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Gordon on January 16, 2009
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Joel Comiskey has come up with a book that is based upon transferable, universal principles that will allow you to grow a healthy church organically and naturally. This is a must read book for anyone who is interested in how a cell-driven church can not only survive but thrive in a North American Western context. His advice in this book comes from field experience both internationally as well as his experience putting these principles into practice in the United States. I would highly recommend this book to those who are interested in how to plant a church from scratch with nobody to help, no budget and no building. You'll be amazed at how simple it is to reproduce disciples, small groups and churches through the reproducible cross-cultural principles outlined this this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randall G. Neighbour on November 14, 2008
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What I love the most is how I envisioned planting a church as I read through this book. Comiskey makes it easy to understand how to plant a simple church that grows organically and reproduces itself instead of becoming large and unmanageable. I highly recommend this to anyone who wonders if they have what it takes to plant a church.

I would also recommend this to any existing pastor who wants to plant a new church out of his congregation. It has lots of great info for this strategy too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O.L. on October 30, 2008
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This is a great book. It covers themes, that other simple church literature left out. It helps to see the church broader than most do and gives Vision beyond the own church.
Here we can read, what the cell church movement can learn from the house churches; and what the house church movement can learn from the cell churches. Very practically!
Oliver Lutz, Pastor
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Ludrick on October 29, 2008
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Joel Comiskey delivers another solid book that folks involved in church planting at any level will refer to again and again. Joel has a well developed skill for doing scholarly research and to then crafting his research findings into a practical book with specific principles and applications. I also value the real life illustrations that Joel incorporates into the book. Knowing that the author is a seasoned church planter adds tremendous credibility to the book. I found the appendices to be valuable as well. Especially helpful is the appendix where Joel lists the common patterns that he discovered among the 8 largest worldwide cell churches.
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