Books On Church Planting ~ BitterSweetLife

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Books On Church Planting

As promised (or threatened, depending on how you look at it), here's a partial list of my reading for this semester. These titles come from the two church planting classes I'm taking as independent studies, Intro to Church Planting and Cultural Setting for Ministry.

Better still, these classes include about 1000 pages of additional, discretionary reading in the field--which is where you come in. Care to point me to books on church planting that you found especially helpful and to the point? (I've already got everything by Ed Stetzer and Mark Driscoll.)

I realize I'm just scraping the surface here. If you have reading tips, shoot 'em at me.

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brad andrews said...

Because of the wide range of things needing to inform the church planter's philosophy of ministry, I've also included, along with books/manuals on church planting, books that aren't strict church planting books, but ones I think you should read for the osmosis of it all [then there are books on the gospel and preaching that I'll leave til another time]:

Church Planting Manual – Keller, Tim & Thompson, Allen

The Emerging Church - Kimball, Dan

Ancient Future Faith – Webber, Robert

Organic Community - Myers, Joseph

Glocalization – Roberts, Bob

Transformation: How Glocal Churches Transform Lives and the World – Roberts, Bob

The Missional Church - Guder, Darrell

The Shaping of Things To Come – Frost, Michael & Hirsch, Alan

The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church - Hirsch, Alan

Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture - Frost, Michael

The Great Giveaway - Fitch, David

The Emotionally Healthy Church – Scazzero, Peter

Ministries of Mercy – Keller, Tim

The Dangerous Act of Worship – Labberton, Mark

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger - Sider, Ronald

I would also scour the Acts 29, The Resurgence, Redeemer PresbyterianSovereign Grace, Desiring God, 9 Marks websites for video/audio to supplement your book quest.

Kudos to you and God bless!

brad andrews said...

also check out forge [hirsch/frost], NAMB, and Church Planting Resources sites...

rob said...

I would also add the organic church by neil cole

Ariel said...

Brad, I'm obviously the new kid on the block in terms of CP, so thanks for pushing me in the right direction. I intend to get to everything you listed eventually. That said, you have any favs? Choosing 3 or 4 books for this semester is going to be the hard part.

Rob, thanks for the tip. I like Neil Cole's approach to discipleship.

brad andrews said...


This would be my short that majors more on the philosophical than the practical per se:

Emerging Church - Kimball

Shaping of Things to Come - Frost/Hirsch

The Missional Church - Roxburgh

The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church - Hirsch

I would put the Church Planting Manual by Keller down, but it is nuts and bolts, process oriented material that would be best as you get closer to actually 'visioneering' your plant...

brad andrews said...

aj, The Missional Church is by Guder not Roxburgh. Roxburgh has a book called The Missional Leader. I always get them confused. Sorry...

Ariel said...

Thanks, dude. That will help me narrow it down. I really appreciate it.

Matt Christenot said...

I also highly recommend "The Forgotten Ways." Probably the best book I've read in a long time. Also, John Burke's "No Perfect People Allowed" is very practical. Oh, and read Francis Shaeffer's "The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century." It's timely even though it was written 30 years ago.

Ariel said...

Thanks, Matt. I think The Forgotten Ways is moving up to the top of my list. I keep hearing good things about it.


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