Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication

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  • Copyright: 1/1/2011
  • Publisher: Baker Pub Group
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With over forty years combined global church-planting experience, Craig Ott and Gene Wilson are well qualified to write a comprehensive, up-to-date guide for cross-cultural church planting. Combining substantive biblical principles and missiological understanding with practical insights, this book walks readers through the various models and development phases of church planting. Advocating methods that lead to church multiplication, the authors emphasize the role of the missionary church planter. They offer helpful reflection on current trends and provide best practices gathered from research and empirical findings around the globe. The book takes up a number of special issues not addressed in most church planting books, such as use of short-term teams, partnerships, and wise use of resources. Full of case studies and real examples from around the world, this practical text will benefit students, church planters, missionaries, and missional church readers.

Author Biography

Craig Ott (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he occupies the ReachGlobal Chair of Mission. He is the coauthor of Encountering Theology of Mission and coeditor of Globalizing Theology. Gene Wilson (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is church planting director for ReachGlobal, the international mission of the Evangelical Free Church of America, and director of their annual Cross-Cultural Planting School. He served as a church planter in Canada for eighteen years and a church planting trainer and coach in Latin America and the Caribbean for eight years.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Prologue: The Parable of the Apple Treesp. xii
Biblical Foundations
The Task of Church Plantingp. 3
The Reasons for Church Plantingp. 19
New Testament Beginningsp. 39
Strategic Considerations
Church Multiplication and Indigenous Church-Planting Movementsp. 65
Apostolic Church Plantersp. 89
The Shape of the Churchp. 107
Pioneer, Reproduction, and Regional Approaches to Church Plantingp. 127
Developmental Phases
The Developmental Phases of a Church Plant: An Overviewp. 155
Preparing, Part 1: Targeting and Commissioningp. 167
Preparing, Part 2: Understanding and Strategizingp. 185
Launching: Evangelism and Discipleshipp. 209
Establishing: Congregating and Maturingp. 243
Structuring: Expanding and Empoweringp. 267
Reproducing: Strengthening and Sendingp. 287
Critical Factors
The Personal Life of Church Plantersp. 305
Church-Planting Teamsp. 329
Developing Servants, Leaders, and Plantersp. 349
Partnerships and Resources in Church Plantingp. 371
Planting Churches with Kingdom Impactp. 395
Epiloguep. 417
Works Citedp. 419
Indexp. 442
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