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"This little book will introduce you to the many different ways that people go about planting churches. Given that the Church is God's chosen instrument to save the world, what could be more important than learning about how new churches can begin?" ~ Adrian Warnock (Author of Raised with Christ and Hope Reborn and prolific blogger at )

crisp and clear... strong practical edge and includes excellent case studies. ~ Neil MacMillan- The Monthly Record

"an extensive section of case studies (mostly Uk-based) which I found interesting as well as enlightening. This feature alone is enough to commend the book to those interested in church planting in the United Kingdom." ~ Evangelicals Now

"It reads very well and is a strong addition to this literature." ~ Stephen Skuce (Academic Dean, Cliff College, Calver, Yorkshire)

"The goal of Planting for the Gospel is that Jesus would use us to build His church for His glory. Graham Beynon provides a series of preliminary ideas to encourage us to think of church planting as a fruitful means for making disciples and spreading the Gospel. This resource is very helpful for mother churches to think strategically about planting a daughter church and also for young pastors to explore their calling in following the will of God as bearer of God's mission to people of all nations." ~ Scott Thomas (President, Acts 29 Network)

"Christians can easily ascribe to Graham Beynon's desire: "to see God glorified by his gospel being spread and his church growing". But we often do not see as he does the consequence of such a desire: "This will inevitably mean more churches and so church planting". And even when we see that inevitability, we often do not see the complexities of the task. Graham has done a great service by teasing out some of the many issues involved in church planting. I warmly commend this book to all who would like to follow through on the inevitable outcome of their evangelistic desire." ~ Phillip Jensen (Dean of Sydney at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia)

"An invaluable resource for laymen and professional clergy alike, Beynon's text is an essential guide for navigating the waters of church planting. Rife with resources essential to the development and cultivation of the church plant, Planting for the Gospel is a multi-faceted jewel that sparkles with ideas on church planting approaches, avenues, venues and systems." ~ J. Edward Norton (Minister of Evangelism and Global Church Planting, Independent Presbyerian Church, Memphis, Tennessee)

" It is simple without being simplistic. Accessible without being predictable. Useful without being boring. Informative without being prescriptive. Graham Beynon has done us all a huge favour in writing this, and I very much hope it helps provide an effective way into one of the most pressing and urgent needs of our day - the littering of our world with communities of light, aka. churches!" ~ Steve Timmis (Executive Director of the Acts 29 Network & Pastor, The Crowded House, Sheffield)

About the Author

Graham Beynon is minister of Grace Church, Cambridge. He is also the course director for ‘TEAM’ (Training for East Anglia Ministry). His PhD research was on the theology of Isaac Watts. He is married to Charis and they have three children


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus (March 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845506367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845506360
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,783,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Thompson on May 29, 2011
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Since my college days, I have been fascinated with the idea of church planting. This is true pioneering in an age when many churches are dying out or slowing being made irrelevant by their own instance on tradition and man-centered theology. So, I was excited when I was asked to join the blog tour for Planting for the Gospel.

My first thought after completing this book is that the title is a bit misleading. When I read, "Planting for the Gospel" I expect some treatment of the gospel. That is missing in this book. The message of the church is not covered within these pages. That was unfortunate.

However, while this book is certainly not a comprehensive guide to church planting, it is a worthwhile read to anyone considering get involved with a church plant or even thinking about the topic in general. Chapter one lays out a great Biblical motivation for churches to be about the business of planting other churches. The remainder of the first half of the book gives you several possible models to follow and options to consider while planting your church. Mr. Beynon does not give much in the way of opinion as to his thoughts as to which model is best.

The second half of the book fits nicely with the first half as we are allowed to watch each of these different models at work in actual situations. Beynon shows us case study after case study of church plants both in England and here in the U.S. However, these are very short case studies without a lot of information. Yet, a church website is given at the end of each study in case you would like to follow-up and receive more details.

Some various points of agreement and disagreement:

Pages 49-50 - It seems as though the need for a written Constitution is downplayed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Tabatt VINE VOICE on May 26, 2011
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Thinking back to my Bible college days, I don't remember hearing a whole lot about church planting. That was some fifteen years ago, but today church planting seems to be everywhere. If you search for the term "church planting" on Amazon, you'll end up with a list of six hundred plus books to consider. In addition to the abundance of church planting books available today, there are numerous church planting conferences, seminars and even church planting networks. It is probably an understatement to say that the church planting movement has gained some momentum since my college days. If like me, you are new to the church planting scene, you may not quite know the best place to get started. In many cases when I am looking to learn a new skill or gain some new information, I will seek out a book that promises to deliver what I need. In the case of church planting, a book that may be a useful resource to introduce you to church planting is Planting for the Gospel: A Hands-on Guide to Church Planting by Graham Beynon (Christian Focus, 2011).

Planting for the Gospel explores core issues related to planting a church. The book is divided into two sections. Section one introduces the many considerations that must be made when planting. Chapter one explores the various reasons a group might have for planting a church. Ultimately, each group striving to plant a church must answer the question, "How can we best grow both in quality of discipleship and spread of the gospel?" (p. 19). Chapter two introduces seven different models of church planting:

*Start Up Church - "This is the formation of a new church in an area `from scratch'." (p.
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Graham Benyon is a British author who planted a church in Leicester, UK, and is presently involved in guiding church planting in East Anglia. His book is divided into two parts. The author explains the first section's goal "to explore the main issues involved in planting a new church" (10). These issues cover the why of planting a new church, models, methods, key issues, and the beginning days of church planting. The second section contains a number of case studies - mainly in the UK but also a few in the US--and resources available for church planters.

This reviewer appreciates that this author lays a good foundation in the first chapter "Reasons for planting a new church" rather than jumping pragmatically into the "how" of church planting. The author then describes "different models of church planting" as well as how to decide on one or more of these models. The third chapter gives us creative methods for starting a new church and the fourth chapter how to choose a model. In the fifth chapter, among other things, the question of what Beynon calls "replication" or a "blank sheet of paper" are discussed. The first of these is planting a daughter church identical to the mother church and the second planting a church that is open to all kinds of possibilities.
The fifth and sixth chapter deals with issues that need to be thought through as well as some of the struggles of the early days of church planting.

The case studies describe churches planted and some of the problems and concerns. Many of these case studies state that the goal was to reach new people not touched by the Gospel but that too often transfers from other churches ended up being the main result.

A church planter who wants to learn from others will sincerely profit from these case studies as they learn what should be done and what should be avoided.
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