From the Inside Flap
Recent years have seen a clear increase in church planting enthusiasm across the globe. As church leaders look for ways to start multiple new congregations that in turn reproduce virally, they need credible information, healthy examples, and reliable guidance.
Based on a national, cross-denominational study commissioned by Leadership Network, Viral Churches outlines the best practices in church multiplication movements and reveals the common threads among them. A hands-on resource, Viral Churches offers the fresh vision and critical perspectives essential as a catalyst fortoday's church planting leaders.
Authors Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird draw from their own experiences, the insights of numerous pioneering leaders, and what was arguably the nation's largest research project on church multiplication. They show leaders how to plant churches that multiply into a movement, and they offer inspiration for the need to do so. Filled with illustrative stories from successful church planters, this important book outlines practical ideas that are essential to the success of church multiplication networks. Each chapter highlights a different point on such issues as keeping the focus on evangelism; recruiting, assessing, and deploying planters; increasing the survivability of new churches; using a multisite strategy effectively; funding; overcoming obstacles; facing challenges ahead; and many more.
Throughout the book, Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird advocate the core belief that "Church planting is good. A vision for a church multiplication movement is better."
From the Back Cover
Praise for Viral Churches
"This book by . . . my dear friends and partners in ministry . . . is pure gold. . . .There is simply no better way to reach, teach, train, and send out disciples than through churches that are planted with the intentionality of planting others."
Rick WarrenSaddleback Church
"This book is for those who want to go from making adent to making a difference."
Mark Driscoll Mars Hill Church (www.marshillchurch.org), Acts 29 Network, The Resurgence
"There is no doubt that the idea of exponentially reproducing church isthe next step, providing us with perhaps the only viable way forward toovercome the current impasse of Christianity in the West. In Viral Churches,Ed and Warren team up to produce a characteristically well researched,missiologically hefty, and definitive book for our times."
Alan Hirschauthor, The Forgotten Ways, and coauthor, Untamed
"Ed Stetzer's experience in planting churches and training pastors makeshim one of today's most experienced and trusted voices. He has an ability to take research and make it applicable to this generation's Christian leaders.I applaud his efforts to build spiritual movements everywhere."
Steve Douglasspresident, Campus Crusade for Christ International