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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic; First Edition edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805443703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805443707
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Stetzer has written the 'killer app' and 'category killer' for church planting. -- Leonard Sweet, author of Out of the Question...Into the Mystery

Ed Stetzer has written the new standard in church planting books. -- Steve Sjogren, author of Conspiracy of Kindness

If I could buy only one book on church planting this would be my first. This book is a timely gift to the church of Jesus Christ. No one should try to plant a church without it. -- Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School

About the Author

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., has planted churches in New York and Pennsylvania and has trained church planters across the United States and on five continents. A former seminary professor, he is now director of research for the North American Mission Board. Stetzer lives with his wife and three daughters in Cumming, Georgia.

Customer Reviews

I found it to be an update of the previous book.
William D. Seaman
It is easy to read yet thorough in it's treatment of so many subjects.
John S.
I recommend any one considering church planting read this book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William D. Seaman on October 19, 2007
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After finishing Ed Stezter's first book on church planting "Planting Churches in a Postmodern Age", I was looking forward to reading his second book on church planting "Planting Missional Churches". I found it to be an update of the previous book. There was new material and some of what had been in the first book is now on his web site. However, this is an excellent handbook for the mission planter covering theology and philosophy of church planting, but much practical advice including things like finances, facilities and personnel, among many other topics. Some are treated in a cursory manner, others in much more depth. There is some advice that other experts in the field would question, but overall it is a solid handbook. I recommend it highly.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John S. on May 28, 2010
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Very rarely do I take the time to write a review, but this book deserves it. If you are planting a church, part of a church plant, or seeking to gain a better understanding of church planting, you should defintely read this book.

This book is like several seminary classes combined into one volume. It is easy to read yet thorough in it's treatment of so many subjects. I have read many books on planting and this one tops them all. It is a book that forces you to think. It is full of practical suggestions. It has helped me clarify my vision, timetable and goals.

Read this book if you want to plant a biblical, missional, mature church. It would be a big mistake to ignore the advice found in its pages. This book will give you good ideas and save you from making many costly mistakes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lubinus on June 25, 2012
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Planting Missional Churches is written by Ed Stetzer, the director of LifeWay Research and missiologist in residence at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. Stetzer has written several helpful books on church planting and is also an active blogger.

The purpose of Planting Missional Churches is "to inform, to clarify, to encourage, and to persuade evangelicals to embrace church planting," p. 13.

The added component that the word "missional" adds to church planting needs to be explained. Sometimes "missional" means "incarnational"; in the context of church planting, the church planters and the church should be part of the culture that they're seeking to reach. "Missional" can also mean "mission-minded", or caring about missions, especially overseas missions. Finally "missional" can mean actively ministering right where you are. In Planting Missional Churches Stetzer primarily uses the incarnational aspect of missional:

"Establishing a missional church means to plant a church that's part of the culture you're seeking to reach," p.1.

"A church becomes missional when it remains faithful to the gospel and simultaneously seeks to contextualize the gospel (to the degree it can) so the gospel engages the hearers and transforms their worldview," p. 25.

After dealing with definitions, Stetzer moves on toward describing five objections to church planting:

-Large-church mentality: One large church is more attractive than multiple churches, however newer churches usually reach more people per capita than older churches.

-Parish-church mind-set: One denominational church in a area; however, the number of denominational churches in each area has not kept up with the population growth.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 15, 2010
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If you tried to fit everything there is to know about planting churches into one book, it would probably look like this book by Ed Stetzer. This encyclopaedic work, which is an updated and expanded version of Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age, covers big churches, small churches and house churches, but predominantly from a relatively conservative Western cultural viewpoint.

The author provides useful chapters on the Biblical basis of church planting, models of church plants and planters, church structure, leadership issues, emerging culture, developing a launch team, small groups, handling finances, choosing a name and logo, finding a meeting place, children's ministry, and many other topics. These provide a comprehensive guide for the "normal" style of church plant. Other chapters cover "missional/incarnational" churches and "koinos" or house churches, but these are covered in less depth, and there is not much about non-Western churches and ethnic churches.

The book contains material gathered from numerous different sources, and various resources for further reading are listed at the end of each chapter. It was published four years ago and some of the content is a little bit out of date in view of rapid developments in culture and church planting trends since publication, but the vast majority of the content remains highly relevant. This book is an important reference for church planters and for churches which plant churches.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gs on March 26, 2014
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I purchased this book with high hopes of learning some vicarious real-life lessons regard ing church plants. Unfortunately, Stetzer's book is long on academic reflections about missionology and theological defenses of church planting and short on the information planters and workers will actually need in the field. In fact, the most interesting data in the book is simply a re-hash of others' work (e.g. Barna). It's sad that a book written by someone with so much planting experience reads more like a treatise by someone who's read more about church planting than they've spent doing it.
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More About the Author

Ed Stetzer is director of LifeWay Research and missiologist in residence at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds two masters and doctoral degrees and has written dozens of respected articles and books including Planting Missional Churches, Breaking the Missional Code, Compelled by Love, and Comeback Churches.Richie Stanley is team leader at the North American Mission Board s Center for Missional Research in Alpharetta, Georgia.Jason Hayes is the young adult ministry specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources where he serves as a leading voice and face of Threads, the company's young adult initiative.

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