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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic; First Edition edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805443703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805443707
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,077 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.


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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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10 of 12 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 7 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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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel A. Tinner on December 12, 2012
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This book has done wonders for my understanding of the church-planting movement, and how I might go about joining the movement myself in the future. As a college student who has worked with a church plant in the past, much of what I learned in the book was eye-opening in that it put a name to many of the phenomena that I witnessed first-hand in the growing stages of a church. Stetzer, a church planter himself and also an analyst who has studied the craft and its inner workings, he brings a perspective to the table that is in-depth and thoroughly educational.
He begins with a sound argument for the missional cause altogether, that churches today are to be "on mission" at all times and in every aspect of their ministry, seeking to bring the Gospel to the lost. He cites both Scriptural (Paul's church planting) and historical evidence for the validity of church-planting, and cites models of the same ilk as guides for what the reader might want to pursue. He gives an overview of who is suitable for planting, and continues into his greater overview of church structure in general, as a primer for a willing planter who needs to know the basics.

Stetzer warns the reader of the common issues, how to organize a planting team, and even how to get the target community of the church plant involved in its genesis. He covers the cultural issues that need addressing in any church planting venture, and is to be commended for his caution and sensitivity in advising the reader on how to deal with issues that plague our country in many areas outside of church-planting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Harrington on November 13, 2013
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Ed Stetzer does a great job in pulling together all the resources needed to plant a church. His honesty in presenting the realities of church planting are very much appreciated. I recommend any one considering church planting read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bell on March 5, 2013
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We aren't in a plant, but trying to revitalize an existing church. But Stetzer's work, commentary, encouragement and knowledge are invaluable, and I wouldn't consider starting a church without my whole team going through this. Well worth it!
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