What does church planting look like in the 21st century? Is the goal to plant more churches or is it to plant new kinds of churches? In Planting Churches in the 21st Century, Stuart Murray suggests that church planting isn't just about numbers--it's about the renewal of the church and the development of new ways of being the church that are biblically rooted and contextually appropriate.
With his gift for posing thought-provoking questions while writing in a clear, logical style, Murray provides stimulation and challenge to anyone who wants to see new churches come into being. But don't look here for stereotypes and ready-made blueprints; Murray's approach is open-ended and leaves ample room for personal reflection and creative responses.
"Most of the literature on church planting in North America assumes that that the Christendom come-to-us model still works. That is true for a rapidly declining segment of the population and fails to reach the growing ranks of the never-churched. Stuart Murray has provided a much needed contribution to the study and practice of church planting by addressing the basic questions: Why plant Churches? Where? When? What? Who? and What Next?
"In addressing each of these fundamental questions he both surveys a wide terrain and digs deeply, drawing from his long experience with a wide variety of traditions. He also writes as a practitioner and not just a theoretician. This is not a step-by-step, how to book that you can read and set aside, but a reference book that church planters will want to turn to on a regular basis."
--Eddie Gibbs, professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary and co-author of Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures
"Murray provides the scaffolding church leaders need to extend an effective and incarnational witness to the reign of God. This book is a 'must-read' for all students and practitioners of church planting. Missional leaders who long to see the church become a nesting place for all will find good guidance for aligning the work of the church with the inbreaking of God's kingdom."
--David Boshart, lead pastor at West Union Mennonite Church and mission strategist
Click here to read a press release about the book.
Click here to read an interview with author Stuart Murray.
Click here to read the foreword by Rev. Anne Wilkinson-Hayes, North-West Metro Baptist Union of Victoria, Australia.
Free downloadable study guide available here.