Church planting is hard work. Planters face a thousand pressures related to leadership, finances, identity, and more. Quick fixes don't produce sustainability. How can church planters and their congregations flourish for the long haul? Sent to Flourish is a unique...
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Church planting is hard work. Planters face a thousand pressures related to leadership, finances, identity, and more. Quick fixes don't produce sustainability. How can church planters and their congregations flourish for the long haul? Sent to Flourish is a unique guide to accompany current and prospective church planters as they respond to this essential but sometimes daunting call. Theologically grounded while remaining practically oriented, it combines biblical patterns and practice to equip men and women planters to develop their own holistic planting plans. Written by a diverse team of scholar-practitioners who have planted churches in a variety of contexts, cultures, and church traditions, this book provides a tested roadmap based on Fuller Theological Seminary's renowned church-planting program. In addition to coeditors Len Tang and Charlie Cotherman, contributors include:
Carrie Boren Headington
Scott W. Sunquist
Every church planter needs a healthy "root system" of three interwoven components: a biblical theology of church planting, personal spiritual formation, and robust intercultural competencies to navigate diverse ministry contexts. Each section of this book delves into these areas in turn, covering topics such as
biblical, cultural, historical, and contemporary dimensions of church planting
the missiology of Jesus' ministry and teaching on the kingdom of God
resources to sustain the spiritual formation of church planters, leadership teams, and church members
how to contextualize the gospel message and planting methods in different cultures and communities
Filled with real-world insights, stories, and questions for reflection and discussion, Sent to Flourish gives church planters and their teams the tools to be theologically reflective, spiritually grounded, and missionally agile.
- Church Planting Is Hard Work. Planters Face A Thousand Pressures Related To Leadership, Finances, Identity, And More. Quick Fixes Don't Produce Sustainability. How Can Church Planters And Their Congregations Flourish For The Long Haul? Sent To Flourish Is A Unique Guide To Accompany Current And Prospective Church Planters As They Respond To This Essential But Sometimes Daunting Call. Theologically Grounded While Remaining Practically Oriented, It Combines Biblical Patterns And Practice To Equip Men And Women Planters To Develop Their Own Holistic Planting Plans. Written By A Diverse Team Of Scholar-practitioners Who Have Planted Churches In A Variety Of Contexts, Cultures, And Church Traditions, This Book Provides A Tested Roadmap Based On Fuller Theological Seminary's Renowned Church-planting Program. In Addition To Coeditors Len Tang And Charlie Cotherman, Contributors Include: <ul> <li>carrie Boren Headington</li> <li>john Lo</li> <li>tim Morey</li> <li>johnny Ramírez-johnson</li> <li>scott W. Sunquist</li> <li>nick Warnes</li> <li>jr Woodward</li> </ul> Every Church Planter Needs A Healthy "root System" Of Three Interwoven Components: A Biblical Theology Of Church Planting, Personal Spiritual Formation, And Robust Intercultural Competencies To Navigate Diverse Ministry Contexts. Each Section Of This Book Delves Into These Areas In Turn, Covering Topics Such As <ul> <li>biblical, Cultural, Historical, And Contemporary Dimensions Of Church Planting</li> <li>the Missiology Of Jesus' Ministry And Teaching On The Kingdom Of God</li> <li>resources To Sustain The Spiritual Formation Of Church Planters, Leadership Teams, And Church Members</li> <li>how To Contextualize The Gospel Message And Planting Methods In Different Cultures And Communities</li> </ul> Filled With Real-world Insights, Stories, And Questions For Reflection And Discussion, Sent To Flourish Gives Church Planters And Their Teams The Tools To Be Theologically Reflective, Spiritually Grounded, And Missionally Agile.
- Introduction (len Tang)
- <strong>part I: What Roots Does A Church Need To Flourish? A Biblical Theology Of Church Planting</strong>
- 1. How Do We Discern God’s Activity In Scripture And In Our Community? The <em>missio Dei</em> And The Missional Hermeneutic (charles E. Cotherman)
- 2. What Would God’s Reign Look Like In Our Neighborhood? Jesus, The Kingdom, And The Church (j. R. Woodward)
- 3. How Does God’s Story Spread? The Gospel, Evangelism, And Reproduction (john Lo)
- <strong>part Ii: How Do We Cultivate A Missional Spirituality? The Formation Of A Church Planter</strong>
- 4. How Can I Survive, Then Thrive, In The Midst Of The Storm? Missional Spirituality For Church Planters (tim Morey)
- 5. How Are Leaders Mutually Formed For God’s Mission? Missional Spirituality For Leadership Teams (len Tang)
- 6. How Do We Lead A Community Into Flourishing? Missional Spirituality For Church Plants (scott W. Sunquist)
- <strong>part Iii: How Do We Embody The Gospel In Our Context And Culture? Missional Competencies</strong>
- 7. To Whom Has God Sent Me? Contextualizing The Gospel (johnny Ramírez-johnson And Len Tang)
- 8. How Do I Become All Things To This People? Contextualizing The Church Planter’s Leadership (tim Morey)
- 9. How Is The Church Good News For Our World? Living And Speaking The Gospel Near And Far (carrie Boren Headington)
- <strong>part Iv: How Do We Develop Fruit That Lasts? Faithful Planters And Fruitful Churches</strong>
- 10. Where Do We Start? Developing A Holistic Planting Plan (nick Warnes)
- 11. What Am I Really Planting? From Tree To Orchard (john Lo, Nick Warnes, And Charles E. Cotherman)
- Name Index
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index