RECOMMENDED BOOKS

 
Starting Reproducing Congregations
by Daniel R. Sanchez; Ebbie C. Smith; Curtis E. Watke

Biblically sound guidelines, logically based procedures, innovative strategies and practical methodologies to enable church starters design and implement culturally sensitive approaches for starting and multiplying churches that will reproduce

 
Planting Missional Churches
by Ed Stetzer

Planting Missional Churches is an instruction book for planting biblically faithful and culturally relevant churches. It addresses the "how-to" and "why" issues of church planting by providing practical guidance through all the phases of a church plant while taking a missional look at existing and emerging cultures.

 
Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers
by Ed Stetzer, Warren Bird

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 thei…

 
Church Planting Movements
by David Garrison

Fifteen thousand new churches started in a single year! One hundred and fifty thousand Muslims turned from Muhammad to Jesus! Four thousand churches planted in Northern India in just 10 years! This book reveals how God is turning millions to new life in Jesus Christ through the miracle of Church Planting Movements. David Garrison's Church Planting Movements invites the reader to view God's blueprints for reaching all people groups- quickly! But before delving into missiological theory on how th…

 
Planting Churches that Reproduce
by Joel Comiskey

The goal of Planting Churches that Reproduce: Starting a Network of Simple Churches is to simplify the church planting process in order to start a network of simple, reproducing churches. This book will give invaluable information to those contemplating church planting or in the process of planting a church. Comiskey has been gathering material for this book for the past ten years. He has also planted three churches in a wide variety of settings. Planting Churches that Reproduce is the fruit of …

 
Starting a new church
by Ralph Moore

Rising generations of Americans are ignorant of Jesus Christ and have virtually no moral absolutes. So who will evangelize them and whats the best way to go about it? Ralph Moore says the answer is aggressive church planting. But he is emphatic that established churches cant do the job alone. Why? Because new churches can better meet the needs of each new generation by presenting biblical truth in the cultural context that best reaches these people. This book will challenge you to consider bec…

 
Discovering Church Planting
by J. D. Payne, David Hesselgrave (Foreword

In Discovering Church Planting, J. D. Payne explores the biblical, historical and missiological principles of global church planting as well as unfolding practical strategies for confronting contemporary challenges to our vital task in reaching a lost world. This comprehensive introduction to church planting shows the reader how to apply effective, international church planting practices to specific contexts. J. D. speaks from personal experience, research and training and focuses on crucial iss…

 
Organic church
by Neil Cole; foreword by Leonard I. Swee

"According to international church starter and pastor Neil Cole, if we want to connect with young people and those who are not coming to church, we must go where people congregate. Cole shows readers how to plant the seeds of the Kingdom of God in the places where life happens and where culture is formed - restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, parks, locker rooms, and neighborhoods. Organic Church offers a hands-on guide for demystifying this new model of church and shows the practical aspects of imp…

 
The principles and practice of indigenous church planting
by Charles Brock

This book presents a thoroughly tested, productive method of church planning. Brock's plan makes possible the starting of thousands of new churches necessary to reach the unchurched population of today. Sections are: Preliminaries to Planning, Focus before starting, The Church Planting Process, The Birth of a Church, Post Birth, and The Churches in Fellowship.

SPIRITUAL DISCOVERY

 
A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders
by Reggie McNeal

Revised and updated edition of the classic work on spiritual leadershipIn A Work of Heart, bestselling author and missional expert Reggie McNeal helps leaders reflect on the ways in which God is shaping them by letting us see God at work in the lives of four quintessential biblical leaders: Moses, David, Jesus, and Paul. McNeal identifies the formative influences upon these leaders, which he sees as God's ways of working in their lives: the same influences at work today forming leaders for minis…

 
Get a life!
by Reggie McNeal

When was the last time you took a long look at you and had an honest, helpful discussion with yourself about you? Failure to do that might cause you to miss out on the life you were created for. Here is your chance for the conversation of a lifetime. In Get a Life! It IS All About You, author Reggie McNeal says, "God had you in mind when he made you." With that truth, McNeal invites us to take responsibility for the hardest thing we'll ever do: really live. In dialogue with readers, he put…

 
Am I Called?
by Dave Harvey, Matt Chandler (Foreword)

An experienced pastor helps men explore their calling to plant or lead a church.Many men have the skills to lead a church, but only some are called. Dave Harvey helps men considering pastoral ministry to see God's active role in the process of discerning their calling.God's Word offers a clear framework for evaluating one's call, especially within the context of community. Harvey offers six diagnostic questions to help prospective pastors process their calling, and what they should be doing now …

MISSIONAL MINISTRY

 
Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church
by Reggie McNeal

The third book in the trilogy that explores the popular missional movementFrom Reggie McNeal, the bestselling author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance, comes the third book in the series that helps to define and illuminate the popular missional movement. This newest book in the trilogy examines a natural outgrowth of the move toward a missional orientation: the deconstruction of congregations into very small Christian communities. For all those thousands of churches and leaders who…

 
Missional renaissance
by Reggie McNeal

Reggie McNeal's bestseller The Present Future is the definitive work on the "missional movement," i.e., the widespread movement among Protestant churches to be less inwardly focused and more oriented toward the culture and community around them. In that book he asked the tough questions that churches needed to entertain to begin to think about who they are and what they are doing; in Missional Renaissance, he shows them the three significant shifts in their thinking and behavior that they need t…

 
Breaking the missional code
by Ed Stetzer & David Putman

Across North America, many pastors are excited to see churches growing as they achieve their mission to connect the message of the gospel with the community at large. Still others are equally frustrated, following the exact same model for outreach but with lesser results. Indeed, just because a "missional breakthrough" occurs in one place doesn’t mean it will happen the same way elsewhere. One size does not fit all, but there are cultural codes that must be broken for all churches to grow an…

 
The Forgotten Ways
by Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch is convinced that the inherited formulas for growing the Body of Christ do not work anymore. And rather than relying on slightly revised solutions from the past, he sees a vision of the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church--a movement which grew from as few as 25,000 adherents in AD 100 to up to 20 million 200 years later. Similar meteoric growth has also been recorded in history and is currently being in many apostolic movements throug…

 
The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church
by Alan Hirsch

A new brand of apostolic ministry for today's world The Permanent Revolution is a work of theological re-imagination and re-construction that draws from biblical studies, theology, organizational theory, leadership studies, and key social sciences. The book elaborates on the apostolic role rooted in the five-fold ministry from Ephesians 4 (apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teacher), and its significance for the missional movement. It explores how the apostolic ministry facilitates …

 
On the Verge: A Journey Into the Apostolic Future of the Church
by Alan N. Hirsch, Dave Ferguson

The church is on the verge of massive, category shifting, change. Contemporary church growth, despite its many blessings, has failed to stem the decline of Christianity in the West. We are now facing the fact that more of the same will not produce different results. Our times require a different kind of church--an apostolic, reproducing, movement where every person is living a mission-sent life. Many of the best and brightest leaders in the contemporary church are now making the shift in the way…

 
The Shaping of Things to Come
by Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch

Christendom is dying and needs to be removed from its life-support system. Starting with this frank assessment of the current church, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch present an alternative model for ministry in today'?s postmodern world. Instead of mourning the demise of the Western church as the center of society, the authors explain how the church can be reborn through incarnational mission, messianic spirituality, and apostolic structure. Church leaders who heed the authors' call will see death…

 
Missional Moves: 15 Tectonic Shifts that Transform Churches, Communities, and the World
by Rob Wegner

The church was never designed to be a fortress for the righteous, but a flood of revolutionaries, bringing the Good News of the Kingdom to broken lives and broken communities. Today, millions of Christians are awakening to the holism of the gospel call, expanding their understanding of mission beyond just touching individual lives to impacting and transforming entire communities with the message of God's grace. If this calling toward movement and transformation is to be realized, it will require…

 
Godspeed: Making Christ's Mission Your Own
by Britt Merrick

Have you ever felt like there’s a higher calling for your life? Something more than the mundane weekly routine of work, eat, sleep, play, and church? In Godspeed, Britt Merrick challenges us to step out of our little, self-centered lives and step into God’s grand mission—His plan to restore, redeem, and renew the world. Your heart has been aching for something more, and this is it. Join His mission and change the world.

 
Live Sent: You Are a Letter
by Jason C. Dukes

Our everyday lives are more than just a story being written. God created each one of us to receive and send a message - intentionally - into the lives of the people we do life with daily. That's how love is demonstrated, how relationships happen, and how people find the abundant life as they are intended to find it. Pastor and speaker Jason C. Dukes helps readers see how giving yourself away in the daily means being to other people the letter of God's love that has been written on our hearts. Ou…

Leadership

 
Practicing greatness
by Reggie McNeal; foreword by Ken Blanchar

Based on his extensive experience as coach and mentor to many thousands of Christian leaders across a broad spectrum of ministry settings, Reggie McNeal helps spiritual leaders understand that they will self-select into or out of greatness. In this important book, McNeal shows how great spiritual leaders are committed consciously and intentionally to seven spiritual disciplines, habits of heart and mind that shape both their character and competence: The discipline of self-awareness—the si…

 
Visioneering
by Andy Stanley

Lift Your Vision High Vision is a preferred future. A destination. Vision always stands in contrast to the world as it is. Visioneering, according to bestselling author Andy Stanley, is a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be. With warm, down-to-earth practicality, Andy Stanley explores the ordinary life of Nehemiah and his God-given vision for accomplishing the extraordinary. He shows how the life of this great ancient visionary, determined to rebuild…

 
Church unique
by Will Mancin

Written by church consultant Will Mancini expert on a new kind of visioning process to help churches develop a stunningly unique model of ministry that leads to redemptive movement. He guides churches away from an internal focus to emphasize participation in their community and surrounding culture. In this important book, Mancini offers an approach for rethinking what it means to lead with clarity as a visionary. Mancini explains that each church has a culture that reflects its particular values…

 
7 Practices of Effective Ministry
by Andy Stanley, Lane Jones, Reggie Joine

There's no scoreboard in the sanctuary, and the only plate is probably for the offering. But every church leader needs to know how to win, and every congregation needs to know when to cheer. This insightful book speaks to every church leader who yearns for a simpler, more effective approach to ministry. An engaging parable about one overwhelmed pastor is followed by an overview of seven successful team practices, each one developed and applied in a ministry setting. Reinforced by relevant discus…

 
Values-driven leadership
by Aubrey Malphur

What are the core values of your ministry? Values-Driven Leadership is a pioneering work designed to help church and parachurch leaders understand the cutting-edge concept of organizational core values. Every ministry organization has a set of core values that guides what the ministry seeks to accomplish. Understanding and implementing these core values is key to a high-performing ministry. In this revised edition, Aubrey Malphurs offers important insights on new research in the field of l…

 
Advanced Strategic Planning,
by Aubrey Malphurs

As we approach the twenty-first century, the vast majority of North American churches have either reached a plateau of growth or have begun to decline. The failure of the typical church to address the massive changes taking place in culture, science, society, and institutions is largely to blame. Many leaders are ill equipped to handle the leadership-intensive enterprise of guiding their churches and organizations through the rough waters of rapid change. Advanced Strategic Planning presents a n…

 
Building Leaders
by Aubrey Malphurs, Will Mancin

Training the next generation of leaders is crucial to spreading the gospel, yet most churches have no formal way of doing this. Why? Tight budgets, small staffs, and a lack of know-how are just a few reasons suggested by church consultants Aubrey Malphurs and William Mancini in this groundbreaking book. Building Leaders provides real-life examples of ways churches can unleash their true ministry potential by training staff members and laypeople to lead. With step-by-step instructions that can b…

 
Simple Church
by Thom S. Rainer, Eric Geiger

The simple revolution is here. From the iPod design to Google's uncluttered homepage, simple ideas are changing the world. Now in paperback after selling more than 100,000 copies in hardcover, multi-awarded #1 national bestseller Simple Church guides Christians back to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required. Based on case studies of 400 American churches, Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove the disciple-making process is often too complex. Simple churches thrive …

 
Transformational Church
by Thom S. Rainer, Ed Stetzer

How are we doing? The church, that is. And how are we doing it? Congregations have long measured success by "bodies, budget, and buildings"--a certain record of attendance, the offering plate, and square footage. But the scorecard can't stop there. When it does, the deeper emphasis on accountability, discipleship, and spiritual maturity is lost. Ignoring those details, we see fewer lives transformed, Christian influence wane, and churches thin out--a situation that is all too familiar across Nor…

CROSS CULTURAL MINISTRY

 
Center Church
by Timothy J. Keller

Many pastors struggle to translate their theological beliefs into fruitful ministry in the places they are called to reach. It's not enough to simply know what to believe (theology) or, on the other hand, how to do ministry (methodology)---they need something in between. They need help thinking about ministry in a culture that no longer believes Christianity is a force for good, let alone the source of ultimate revealed truth in the person of Christ. Center Church, a collection of twelve essays …

 
Perimeters of Light
by Elmer L. Towns, Ed Stetzer

How far do we go to connect with our culture? Can we 'sell' the Gospel like the world sells soft drinks? Where are the boundaries? The church today is walking a tightrope.On the one hand, we need to proclaim, and - perhaps, more importantly - live the Gospel in such a way that it connects with both seekers and younger people looking for community and authenticity. Yet at what point does this fall into 'feel good' ministry at the expense of biblical truth? These are issues that God's people are n…

 
Cracking Your Church's Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration
by Samuel R. Chand

Strategies for transforming a toxic church culture Why is it that the best strategic plans and good leadership often are not able to move churches in the desired direction? Sam Chand contends that toxic culture is to blame. Quite often, leaders don't sense the toxicity, but it poisons their relationships and derails their vision. This work describes five easily identifiable categories of church culture (inspiring-accepting-stagnant-discouraging-toxic), with diagnostic descriptions in the book an…

 
A beginner's guide to crossing cultures
by Patty Lan

The global village has arrived. Recent census figures show that communities in the United States are more culturally and ethnically diverse than ever before. And you may be just one of many who find it challenging to build relationships with people from backgrounds unlike your own. Crosscultural specialist Patty Lane answers these questions and more. She shows you how to develop hands-on relational skills that build crosscultural friendships. And she provides practical resources to help …