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Planting for the Gospel: A hands-on guide to church planting Paperback – March 20, 2011
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"This little book will introduce you to the many different ways that people go about planting churches. Given that the Church is God's chosen instrument to save the world, what could be more important than learning about how new churches can begin?" (Adrian Warnock ~ Author of Raised with Christ and Hope Reborn and prolific blogger at adrianwarnock.com)
crisp and clear... strong practical edge and includes excellent case studies. (Neil MacMillan- The Monthly Record)
"an extensive section of case studies (mostly Uk-based) which I found interesting as well as enlightening. This feature alone is enough to commend the book to those interested in church planting in the United Kingdom." (Evangelicals Now)
"It reads very well and is a strong addition to this literature." (Stephen Skuce ~ Academic Dean, Cliff College, Calver, Yorkshire)
"The goal of Planting for the Gospel is that Jesus would use us to build His church for His glory. Graham Beynon provides a series of preliminary ideas to encourage us to think of church planting as a fruitful means for making disciples and spreading the Gospel. This resource is very helpful for mother churches to think strategically about planting a daughter church and also for young pastors to explore their calling in following the will of God as bearer of God's mission to people of all nations."
(Scott Thomas ~ President, Acts 29 Network)
"Christians can easily ascribe to Graham Beynon's desire: "to see God glorified by his gospel being spread and his church growing". But we often do not see as he does the consequence of such a desire: "This will inevitably mean more churches and so church planting". And even when we see that inevitability, we often do not see the complexities of the task. Graham has done a great service by teasing out some of the many issues involved in church planting. I warmly commend this book to all who would like to follow through on the inevitable outcome of their evangelistic desire." (Phillip Jensen ~ Dean of Sydney at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, Australia)
About the Author
Graham Beynon is minister of Grace Church, Cambridge. He is also the course director for 'TEAM' (Training for East Anglia Ministry). His PhD research was on the theology of Isaac Watts. He is married to Charis and they have three children
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This reviewer appreciates that this author lays a good foundation in the first chapter "Reasons for planting a new church" rather than jumping pragmatically into the "how" of church planting. The author then describes "different models of church planting" as well as how to decide on one or more of these models. The third chapter gives us creative methods for starting a new church and the fourth chapter how to choose a model. In the fifth chapter, among other things, the question of what Beynon calls "replication" or a "blank sheet of paper" are discussed. The first of these is planting a daughter church identical to the mother church and the second planting a church that is open to all kinds of possibilities.
The fifth and sixth chapter deals with issues that need to be thought through as well as some of the struggles of the early days of church planting.
The case studies describe churches planted and some of the problems and concerns. Many of these case studies state that the goal was to reach new people not touched by the Gospel but that too often transfers from other churches ended up being the main result.
A church planter who wants to learn from others will sincerely profit from these case studies as they learn what should be done and what should be avoided.
My first thought after completing this book is that the title is a bit misleading. When I read, "Planting for the Gospel" I expect some treatment of the gospel. That is missing in this book. The message of the church is not covered within these pages. That was unfortunate.
However, while this book is certainly not a comprehensive guide to church planting, it is a worthwhile read to anyone considering get involved with a church plant or even thinking about the topic in general. Chapter one lays out a great Biblical motivation for churches to be about the business of planting other churches. The remainder of the first half of the book gives you several possible models to follow and options to consider while planting your church. Mr. Beynon does not give much in the way of opinion as to his thoughts as to which model is best.
The second half of the book fits nicely with the first half as we are allowed to watch each of these different models at work in actual situations. Beynon shows us case study after case study of church plants both in England and here in the U.S. However, these are very short case studies without a lot of information. Yet, a church website is given at the end of each study in case you would like to follow-up and receive more details.
Some various points of agreement and disagreement:
Pages 49-50 - It seems as though the need for a written Constitution is downplayed. In an age where anyone is a plaintiff, it seems unwise not to have a church Constitution as early as possible. I would think as soon as the church begins to meet regularly and expand, a written constitution containing office doctrine, policies and membership requirements should be adopted as soon as possible.
Page 52 - When considering where to plant your church the author writes, "There can sometimes be nervousness about stepping into another church's `patch'. We should be respectful and communicate well, but we must also remember that there are so many people around who need to hear the gospel we are very unlikely to cramp each other's style." I could not agree more. Amen!
Page 55 - Many small churches struggle in the area of children's ministry. As one who has been on staff of two small churches, I have witnessed first hand how some families will never consider a small church without a thriving ministry for their kids. But, this book reminds us of "...the prime responsibility of parents in teaching and training their children." In other words, this should not prevent one from joining a church plant. Again, a hearty Amen!
Page 56 - Does a young church need a pastor? Beynon says no. "...There is no need for a pastor. What there is, is a need for leadership, teaching and pastoral oversight. The key question is whether or not those things are in place, rather than assuming they need to be delivered through a paid staff member." I agree with the sentiment behind this, but with great caution. Yes, I don't believe a new church plant needs a full-time, paid pastor or leader, but leadership should be established early. Elders are apart of a healthy church. This, of course, depends on the model of the church plant. If this is one church planting another, then at the beginning the mother church my assume much of the leadership responsibilities. But, at some point, a clear distinction between mother and daughter churches much be established and that would be through the leadership.
Overall, the book is short and divided into easy-to-read chapters that make it an enjoyable read. The information is valuable and thought-provoking but not comprehensive.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.