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Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by Church Starts Paperback – March 20, 2008
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-TODD HUNTER, president, Alpha USA
"Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by New Church Starts is the essential trail-guide to starting a church."
-SALLY MORGENTHALER, Shapevine.com, contributor to Emergent Manifesto of Hope
"Griffith and Easum have provided pivotal insights in the planting of Epicenter Church in Washington, D.C. Anyone considering planting a new church-both pastors and judicatory leaders-needs to read this book first. It is one of a very few must-reads in the field."
-PAUL NIXON, author of I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church and pastor, EpicenterDC
"Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by New Church Starts is a down-to-earth guide that challenges not only church planters but also church members to focus on those who are not in church yet. It is this focus that makes churches grow healthily and expands the message of the Gospel."
-NORA COLMENARES MARTINEZ, Office of Church Development, North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church
About the Author
Bill Easum is president of 21st Century Strategies, Inc. and is one of the most highly respected church consultants and Christian futurists in North America. He has been a pioneer in the church growth movement, with thirty-five years of pastoral ministry experience. The author of several books, he is also the editor of On Track E-Magazine, and is a contributor to Rev Magazine and Net Results.
Jim Griffith is the founder of Griffith Coaching Network, a network of coaches committed to helping church leaders and congregations launch new ventures and daughter churches. A veteran of several church plants, he's assessed more than 1,900 church planting candidates, trained more than 7,000 planters, and coached more than 1,500 new and existing churches in their efforts to reach the mission field around them.
Top Customer Reviews
So here Griffith and Easum walk church planters through ten common mistakes made in church planting. This book along with the book by Tom Nebel and Gary Rohrmayer entitled Church Planting Landmines: Mistakes to Avoid in Years 2 through 10 (St. Charles, IL: Church Smart, 2005) should be basic required reading for all church planters.
If the "ten mistakes" of this book are put together with the "ten landmines" of Nebel and Rohrmayer, one will notice many similarities. At the same time, each will approach those similarities with different nuances. Then all church planters with be richer and more effective as avoid these mistakes and work their way around these landmines.
How much I wish I would have had this book when my wife and I were involved in our first church plant and daughter church plant.
Personally, besides the chapter content, I appreciate the advice to the planter, the coach and the supervisor. Any intuitive planter will use these components. Coaches and supervisors are have common points to work with in dialogue with the planters.
In a plethora of books in this genre, this one is worth the price.
Jim & Bill give great insights and they are very much in your face challenging you to either go all in, repent of your errors and move forward or reconsider your vocation. Sounds harsh but any honest leader who wants to do better will appreciate it.
Quick read filled with a wealth wisdom that really is priceless. I'm recommending it to all te church planters I meet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Highlights the most important things a church planter must keep in mind and focus on as well as what not to do. Exactly what we needed to know.Published 1 month ago by Andre J Messner
As a church planter, I found this helpful. Definitely worth the read.Published 2 months ago by W V S
As I walked through my assessment process, this book reminded me of what God has cAlled me too. Read and do not scoff. Be open to the why of CHURCH Planting .Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book is an easy and engaging read. If you are in church ministry then this book is a must. It will open your eyes to methods and pitfalls other leaders have walked through.Published 10 months ago
Don't just read this book before you plant a church. Review it often with your lead team as you go.Published 12 months ago by AJ3
Very well written. Helpful for someone like me with a type A personality to understand that the process takes time, ans that deliberate growth is better than rapid growth in teh... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Billy Meredith