Church Planting

Helpful Resources


Gaining By Losing – J.D. Greear

Greear is currently the pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh, NC. If any church knows anything about “sending” church planters and missionaries across the globe, it’s Summit Church. As of October 2018, Summit Church had seven times more missionaries on the field than anyone else in the Southern Baptist Convention. If you want to help your church increase it’s sending capacity, read this book!

Center Church – Tim Keller

This book had a big impact on me when it first came out. Keller shares from 20 years of ministry experience in New York City how to form churches that are Gospel-centered, city-centered, and movement-centered.

Planting Missional Churches – Ed Stetzer

This is a must have in the library of any church planter and one of the more thorough treatments you will find on church planting. This book is filled with practical help and covers everything from the various models of church planting, the phases of a church plant, how to build a core team, and even the ins and outs of kids ministry in a church plant.

Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New Churches From New Believers – J.D. Payne

In this book, J.D. Payne makes the case that church planting should flow naturally out of making disciples. Church planting is the natural overflow of God’s people living on mission. Payne goes on to explain from a biblical perspective the process and steps for church planting that resemble what we see in the book of Acts.

No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry – Daniel Im

Im wrote this book because he believes, as do I, that there are no “silver bullets” such as a new model or a worship style that unlock the secret to effective church planting. Rather, Im believes that what is needed is a shift in perspective. The book is organized around five of these shifts that Im advocates. Excellent, insightful read that would save lots of church planters hours of vain tinkering if they would heed Im’s counsel.