Viral ChurchesRecent years have seen a clear increase in church planting enthusiasm across the globe. As church leaders look for ways to start multiple new congregations that in turn reproduce virally, they need credible information, healthy examples, and reliable guidance.Based...
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Viral ChurchesRecent years have seen a clear increase in church planting enthusiasm across the globe. As church leaders look for ways to start multiple new congregations that in turn reproduce virally, they need credible information, healthy examples, and reliable guidance.Based on a national, cross-denominational study commissioned by Leadership Network, Viral Churches outlines the best practices in church multiplication movements and reveals the common threads among them. A hands-on resource, Viral Churches offers the fresh vision and critical perspectives essential as a catalyst fortoday's church planting leaders.Authors Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird draw from their own experiences, the insights of numerous pioneering leaders, and what was arguably the nation's largest research project on church multiplication. They show leaders how to plant churches that multiply into a movement, and they offer inspiration for the need to do so. Filled with illustrative stories from successful church planters, this important book outlines practical ideas that are essential to the success of church multiplication networks. Each chapter highlights a different point on such issues as keeping the focus on evangelism; recruiting, assessing, and deploying planters; increasing the survivability of new churches; using a multisite strategy effectively; funding; overcoming obstacles; facing challenges ahead; and many more.Throughout the book, Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird advocate the core belief that "Church planting is good. A vision for a church multiplication movement is better."
A groundbreaking guide for multiplying the impact of church plants
Based on a study that was commissioned by the Leadership Network, this book reveals the best practices in church planting and uncovers the common threads among them. A much-needed resource, this book will inform, guide, and even catalyze today's many church planting leaders. The authors clearly show leaders how to plant churches that create a multiplication movement and offer inspiration for them to do so. The book addresses their questions about what to do next in their church planting strategies, in light of research on what's actually working best.
Author Ed Stetzer heads up LifeWay Research Provides reliable, credible information about what church planting strategies work best A volume in the Leadership Network Series
Offers a definitive guide for church planting and the burgeoning movement it is part of.
Ed Stetzer (D.Min., Beeson Divinity School; Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) has planted churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and transitioned declining churches in Indiana and Georgia. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents. Ed served for three years as a seminary professor at the Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and has taught at fifteen other seminaries. He is currently the Director of Lifeway Research and Lifeway's Missiologist in Residence.
He has written the following books: Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age (2003), Perimeters of Light: Biblical Boundaries for the Emerging Church (with Elmer Towns, 2004),Strategic Outreach (with Eric Ramsey, 2005),Breaking the Missional Code (with David Putman, 2006), Planting Missional Churches (2006), Comeback Churches (with Mike Dodson, 2007), 11 Innovations in the Local Church (with Elmer Towns and Warren Bird, 2007), and most recently Lost and Found (Broadman), 2009).
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Warren Bird (Ph.D., Fordham University) has collaboratively authored nineteen books (including two 100,000 bestsellers, one Gold Medallion winner, and one runner up for the Gold Medallion), served as associate pastor for eleven years and senior pastor for four years, taught as regularly contributing faculty at Alliance Theological Seminary for twelve years, and served on the senior leadership team of three organizations that provide training to pastors - Charles E. Fuller Institute, Canadian Centre for Leadership Development, and the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership.
- 1. Introduction. 2. Church Planting: The New Evangelism. 3. Growth By Addition: Big Contrast To Multiplication. 4. New Players: Aggressive Local Churches And Church Planting Networks. 5. Kingdom Cooperation: Church Planters Learning Together. 6. Predictors Of Success: Recruitment, Assessment, And Deployment. 7. Thriving: New Church Survival Rates. 8. House Churches: Separating Reality From Fiction. 9. Multisite Strategy: A Fast-growing Trend That Affects Planting. 10. Rapid Growth: Still Not Reproduction. 11. Funding: Partnerships Matter. 12. The New Scorecard: Measuring A Church Multiplication Movement. 13. Obstacles To Missional Replication: What Holds Us Back. 14. Conclusion: Solving The Toughest Challenges. Acknowledgments. Appendix: List Of Churches And Networks Cited. Notes. Index. Annotated Bibliography For Church Multiplication. The Authors.