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Product Details

  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805427309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805427301
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Ed Stetzer is vice president of research and ministry development at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds two masters and two doctoral degrees and has written dozens of articles and acclaimed books including Planting Missional Churches, Breaking the Missional Code, Comeback Churches, and Lost and Found. Ed and his wife, Donna, have three daughters and live in Nashville, Tennessee.            

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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The last part of the book is practical "how to" material.
Church Planter
As a former church planter and now as a Church Planting Strategist, I resonate with what Ed shares in his book.
Sean A. Benesh
As a pastor about to relocate a church, I will be using this book as my practical textbook.
T. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Driscoll on September 29, 2004
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Ed combines the insights of both a respected theoretician and experience of a successful church planter into a very accessible and insightful book. I help oversee the Acts 29 church planting network and have read just about everything on the subject. Without reservation I can recommend Ed's work as a must read. I wish it had been out before I planted my church, Mars Hill, as it would have been tremendously helpful.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David A. Slagle on July 7, 2004
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This book and this author are the real thing. I just completed the resident portion of a doctoral program for church leaders and preachers. Many of us were leaving to plant churches and we all agreed that this was far and away the most helpful of the 100+ books we read this year. More church planting books have been published over the last two years than at any other time in history. We read most of them. Some were heavy on theory. Some emphasized fads. Some seemed more intent on creating a new lexicon than offering practical help. This books stands above the rest in that Stetzer hit the sweet spot every preacher dreams about - it's the intersection of biblical truth with real life. For any church planter who is in the "real life" trenches of planting churches in a postmodern culture, that kind of practical help is a welcomed relief. As Ed paints a picture of our sending God and his heart for this emerging culture, he weaves in the most practical wisdom for those who would answer the high and holy call to be postmodern missionaries. As I've navigated the whitewaters of church planting in an urban context in Atlanta, GA, I've returned to this text so many times that it is dog-eared, underlined, highlighted, and tattered. I bought two more copies. A new one for me and one to give the next church planter I meet. This is great stuff.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean A. Benesh on August 24, 2005
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If I could give a church planter only one book to read it'd be this one. As a former church planter and now as a Church Planting Strategist, I resonate with what Ed shares in his book. At last, a book that wrestles with the modernistic formulas of church planting with the postmodern culture that we swim in. Ed's depth of knowledge is evident and he exposes the reader to a multitude of ways of planting churches. He's not hooked on one approach whether that be seeker driven, cell groups, house churches, or whatever. He lays everything out for the reader to process and in assessing their own culture to plant a relevant church (cell, house, etc).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William D. Seaman on October 2, 2007
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Ed Stetzer has written a vade mecum for church planters and for congregations considering planting a new mission. Not only does he provide theological basis for church planting, but he gives excellent nuts and bolts advice. Not everyone will agree with all of his advice, but following it, will greatly increase the chances of success for a new mission plant.
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Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age is a comprehensive guide for starting new churches regardless of the approach and/or philosophy of ministry. Stetzer includes a good description of different approaches of starting churches as well as different types (ethic, house church, etc.) of churches that maybe planted. Additionally, he discusses the basic steps or procedures that every planter must consider when planting a church, such things as the name of the church, focus group, development of a core group, evangelism, small groups, and selection of a meeting place.

List strengths of book.
There is must to commend with the book. First, as mentioned above the book is very comprehensive. If a planter had a chance to read only a few books on church planting, this would certainly be one that should be included. Second, Stetzer supports the need and importance of church planting from both a strong biblical and historical perspective. Third, the book gives an excellent description of emerging postmodern generations and how churches need to think differently to reach those generations. This I believe is the strength of Stetzer's book and makes so timely. He discusses what it means to me incarnational in ministry and service and the importance of reaching postmoderns. Lastly, the book is highly practical. Stetzer gives many hands on types of examples and practical advice, from his own personal experiences that a new planter could make easily apply.

List weaknesses of book.
I find little to be critical of with this book. Most of the book, especially the section on basic steps in church planting, can certainly be found in other resources; however Stetzer does a nice job of bringing it all together in this volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gracie Loo on November 4, 2006
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The book is purty good...i had to use it for one of my college classes. SO besides being a textbook, the content is really helpful
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By T. Smith on January 9, 2007
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I needed to read the best book I could find on planting churches in this postmodern world we live in. Somewhere a reviewer of this book said that it was the best book he read in his church growth class out of thousands of pages read.

I believe it.

As a pastor about to relocate a church, I will be using this book as my practical textbook. I've already started using it with my parishioners.

Not to be overly critical, but there are a lot of church growth books today and most of them are good, but some are harder than others to apply to the "real world." I believe that Stetzer speaks from experience and he leaves few stones of experience unturned for the curious to explore and learn from.

After I finish a couple of others books I'm working on, I've got to obtain Stetzer's latest book.

This book is a home run.
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