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Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch Paperback – February 28, 2017
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About the Author
Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. He is the author of more than seventy-five church growth resources and twelve books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, and Ignite. Before founding The Journey, he served as the director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church. He is also the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the Renegade Pastors Network.
Kerrick Thomas is a teaching pastor at The Journey Church and regularly co-leads training events with Nelson Searcy. Prior to his move to New York to plant The Journey, he received a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.
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My favorite thing about the book is that it really helps bring information that needs to be focused when trying to start a church. That information will be used as we plant our church.
My biggest disagreement with the book is the premise that launching is better than planting. I understand where the authors are coming from, and I believe that they probably were doing more than what the book went into, but the book is what I had to read. I really do believe that God is more interested in growing through a plant like model than burst like model.
My least favorite thing about the book was the lists that were meant to be funny, but made me wonder why I spent the money. Before certain sections, there would be a list such as "Rejected Titles for Launch." One in particular really turned me off: "Starting Churches by Dummies," or something along those words. I do not want authors to be over-arrogant, but at the same time, I believe they should not put so much ink in putting down their own book. It wasn't funny.
I originally wrote this review about 2 1/4 years ago. Since that time, I have found the book to be very superficial. Everything is based on the event model - stage an event for people to come to. Make worship that event and people will come. The problem is that most unchurched people I have talked to would rather be a part of a church that cares for them than one that stages events to get minimal information from them and use it to propagate their churches.
I know of several who have followed this model and have done well. As we attempted to do this it felt so against what it meant to be church that we started over.
Finally, looking back, I think what I appreciated the most about the book was the authors' unwavering enthusiasm.
There were some good ideas but very little was really applicable to really "doing it!" without the financial support of some churches or individuals. Faith also has to have some responsibilities and "not everybody" should be encouraged to max out their credit cards along with a few potential staffers to start a church. Finding a Music / a good Christian Guitar Player sometimes isn't as easy as the book states. If you are in a huge Church like Saddleback etc. or any significant church it is a starting point. But there are a lot of things that would need to be addressed.
I was a bit annoyed at the numerous attempts for me to go to their website, which resembles a advertisement website more than a church planter website. It's full of catches to get your contact info and email and then once you've signed up you can maybe find the document or item you're looking for. Especially for the kindle edition, why not put a .pdf link directly into the book rather than a generic link to a website that's littered with hundreds of other resources that all require an email and joining a mailing list. Seems cheap. But I guess it's worked.
I would recommend this book (even with the annoying advertisements) to anyone considering church planting.
Most recent customer reviews
It is a very practical and straight forward book, makes sense.