With nearly fifty years combined global church-planting experience, Craig Ott and Gene Wilson offer here 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...
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With nearly fifty years combined global church-planting experience, Craig Ott and Gene Wilson offer here 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. It emphasizes the role of the missionary church planter, advocating methods that lead to church multiplication. The authors offer helpful reflection on current trends and provide best practices gathered from research and empirical findings around the globe. They take up a number of special issues not addressed in most church planting books, such as use of short-term teams, partnerships, wise use of resources, and contextualization.
^^Full of case studies and real examples from around the world, this practical text will benefit professors and students in church planting, cross-cultural, and missions courses; church planters and missionaries; and missional church readers.^
" Global Church Planting offers a comprehensive, biblical foundation for starting new churches, but it also gets down to the nitty-gritty of finding funding, developing a sense of the local culture, and pulling together the team that best meets the specific needs of growing a congregation in the community where the church is being planted. . . . It should be read by anyone thinking about planting a church, but I think it should also be read by anyone in church leadership."-- Rick Warren, Saddleback Church (from the foreword) "A masterful foundation for what is quite simply 'the most urgent business of mankind.' Thoroughly researched, carefully examined, biblically anchored, and skillfully presented, Global Church Planting provides an excellent introduction for anyone who yearns to see the kingdom expand."-- David Garrison, author, Church Planting Movements "With over fifty years of international church-planting experience between the authors, readers would expect to find in Ott and Wilson's book an excellent grasp of the literature, some new models and strategies created out of research and their vast ministry experiences, practical ways to apply these strategies, and case studies to demonstrate them. This is exactly what you will get in Global Church Planting."-- Tom Steffen, School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University "Ott and Wilson have delivered a massive resource with scriptural insights, timely stories, and practical guidance that will help anyone interested in church planting."-- Ed Stetzer, coauthor, Transformational Church "For too long the mission world has sent out church planters without thinking deeply enough about the nature of the church. Ott and Wilson have gone a long way toward correcting this shortcoming and demonstrating how church planting is the nexus between the church and mission. I heartily recommend this book for all those who love the church and want to see it grow and reproduce around the globe."-- Charlie Davis, The Evangelical Alliance Mission "A church planting text that is at once well researched, well written, amazingly comprehensive, and decidedly practical. Mission CEOs, seminary and college professors, practitioners at home and overseas--anyone and everyone committed to church-planting mission--should make sure that they have ready access to Global Church Planting."-- David J. Hesselgrave, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Craig L. Ott (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He occupies the EFCA International Mission (EFCA-IM) Chair, which was established to better link the mission agency and seminary, integrating mission theory and practice.
After twenty-one years of missionary experience with the EFCA-IM in Germany as a church planter, consultant, and theological educator, he joined the Trinity faculty in 2002.
He is co-editor with Harold A. Netland of Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity (Baker Academic, 2006) and is author of Das Trainingsprogramm fr Mitarbeiter (Brunnen, 1996) and most recently Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication (Bakerbooks, 2010) with Gene Wilson.
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Gene Wilson (D.Min., 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. He has co-authored Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication with Craig Ott
- Prologue: The Parable Of The Apple Trees<br><b>part I: Biblical Foundations<br></b>1. The Task Of Church Planting<br>2. The Reasons For Church Planting<br>3. New Testament Beginnings<br><b>part Ii: Strategic Considerations<br></b>4. Church Multiplication And Indigenous Church-planting Movements<br>5. Apostolic Church Planters<br>6. The Shape Of The Church<br>7. Pioneer, Reproduction, And Regional Approaches To Church Planting<br><b>part Iii: Development Phases<br></b>8. The Developmental Phases Of A Church Plant: An Overview<br>9. Preparing, Part 1: Targeting And Commissioning<br>10. Preparing, Part 2: Understanding And Strategizing<br>11. Launching: Evangelism And Discipleship<br>12. Establishing: Congregating And Maturing<br>13. Structuring: Expanding And Empowering<br>14. Reproducing: Strengthening And Sending<br><b>part Iv: Critical Factors<br></b>15. The Personal Life Of Church Planters<br>16. Church-planting Teams<br>17. Developing Servants, Leaders, And Planters<br>18. Partnerships And Resources In Church Planting<br>19. Planting Churches With Kingdom Impact<br>epilogue<br>works Cited<br>index