Author(s): Graham Beynon
To some planting a church seems an impossible dream; others have entirely unrealistic ideals of how easily it can be done. This helpful guide recognises that no church starts out the same and there are several different models that can be followed. Coming from an author with real experience and including real-world case studies from a wide range of settings, this is a tremendously practical and helpful introduction that will lay the foundations for a group of Christian people, a church, to be committed to one another; praying, learning and growing together; seeking to be healthy, flourishing and biblically grounded.
"This little book will introduce you to the many different ways that people go about planting churches. Given that the Church is God's chosen instrument to save the world, what could be more important than learning about how new churches can begin?" Adrian Warnock (Author of Raised with Christ and Hope Reborn and prolific blogger at adrianwarnock.com ) crisp and clear... strong practical edge and includes excellent case studies. Neil MacMillan- The Monthly Record "an extensive section of case studies (mostly Uk-based) which I found interesting as well as enlightening. This feature alone is enough to commend the book to those interested in church planting in the United Kingdom." Evangelicals Now "It reads very well and is a strong addition to this literature." Stephen Skuce (Academic Dean, Cliff College, Calver, Yorkshire) "The goal of Planting for the Gospel is that Jesus would use us to build His church for His glory. Graham Beynon provides a series of preliminary ideas to encourage us to think of church planting as a fruitful means for making disciples and spreading the Gospel. This resource is very helpful for mother churches to think strategically about planting a daughter church and also for young pastors to explore their calling in following the will of God as bearer of God's mission to people of all nations." Scott Thomas (President, Acts 29 Network) "Christians can easily ascribe to Graham Beynon's desire: "to see God glorified by his gospel being spread and his church growing." But we often do not see as he does the consequence of such a desire: "This will inevitably mean more churches and so church planting." And even when we see that inevitability, we often do not see the complexities of the task. Graham has done a great service by teasing out some of the many issues involved in church planting. I warmly commend this book to all who would like to follow through on the inevitable outcome of their evangelistic desire." Phillip Jensen (Dean of Sydney at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, Australia) "An invaluable resource for laymen and professional clergy alike, Beynon's text is an essential guide for navigating the waters of church planting. Rife with resources essential to the development and cultivation of the church plant, Planting for the Gospel is a multi-faceted jewel that sparkles with ideas on church planting approaches, avenues, venues and systems." J. Edward Norton (Minister of Evangelism and Global Church Planting, Independent Presbyerian Church, Memphis, Tennessee) " It is simple without being simplistic. Accessible without being predictable. Useful without being boring. Informative without being prescriptive. Graham Beynon has done us all a huge favour in writing this, and I very much hope it helps provide an effective way into one of the most pressing and urgent needs of our day - the littering of our world with communities of light, aka. churches!" Steve Timmis (Executive Director of the Acts 29 Network & Pastor, The Crowded House, Sheffield)"