Top 20 Books on Church Planting

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What books would help church planters and church planting teams?

Over the years I’ve read a lot of books on Church Planting, Evangelism, Leadership, Discipleship, Missions, Outreach, Church Administration, Church Growth, Spiritual Disciplines, and so much more. I want to recommend these books on church planting:


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Top 20

Church Planting Books

  1. Six-Word Lessons to Discover Missional Living (2010)by David DeVries
    Although I wrote this book for every believer to understand how to align with Jesus’ mission, it’s particularly helpful for church planters and church planting teams. Each lesson is bite-sized and leads to necessary actions for starting new churches.
    (And I’m not ashamed to list it first for many reasons)
  2. The Externally Focused Church (2004)by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson
    This is an excellent book for shifting focus from the internal needs of members to the external needs of those in the harvest. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    Read my amazon review
    here

  3. Cultivating a Life for God (1999)by Neil Cole
    Neil’s simple idea of Life Transformation Groups provide a great way to start the process of making disciples who make disciples.

    Read my amazon review
    here

  4. The Shaping of Things to Come (2003)by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
    This is a great introduction to a missional incarnational approach to spirituality.
  5. The Tangible Kingdom (2008)by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay
    A very practical understanding from first-hand experience of living in authentic missional community.
  6. Organic Church (2005)by Neil Cole
    This is a must read! All about bringing the church closer to lost people.
  7. Planting Missional Churches (2006)by Ed Stetzer
    Emphasis on the need to develop a missional mindset for reaching North America.
  8. The Master Plan of Evangelism (1963/2006)by Robert E. Coleman
    Although the title is about evangelism, this is an excellent study of how Jesus made disciples. Excellent resource for starting a church by making disciples.

    Read my amazon review
    here

  9. Houses that Change the World (2001)by Wolfgang Simson
    Timely insights for starting a weekly gathering of believers within walking distance of every person in your community and beyond.

    Read my amazon review
    here

  10. Launch (2007)by Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas
    Addresses many of the systems and steps necessary for launching large!
  11. Starting a New Church (2002)by Ralph Moore
    Great questions to consider when starting a new church from years of experience.
  12. Church Planter (2010)by Darrin Patrick
    Focused on the heart of the man, the message and the mission.
  13. Movements that Change the World (2009)by Steve Addison
    Identifies essential characteristics of missionary movements.

    Read my amazon review
    here

  14. Lost in America (2001) and
    Missing in America (2007)
    by Tom Clegg and Warren Bird
    Both books provide powerful, practical ways to share your faith with those outside the wall of your church.

    Read my amazon review
    here

  15. An Unstoppable Force (2001)by Erwin McManus
    Great fuel for thought to become a church that cannot be stopped.
  16. Be Fruitful and Multiply (2006)by Bob Logan
    Stories, ideas and check-lists for multiplying churches.
  17. Viral Churches (2010)by Ed Stetzer
    Looking beyond planting churches to starting movements!
  18. Untamed (2010)by Alan Hirsch and Debra Hirsch
    Definitely will lead you to think outside the box about missional discipleship.
  19. Church Multiplication Guide (1993)by George Patterson and Richard Scoggins
    An incredible field-guide for starting churches with a high priority on disciplemaking in obedience to Christ’s command.
  20. Church Planting Landmines (2005)by Tom Nebel and Gary Rohrmayer
    If you want to avoid the mistakes that many church planters make – read this book!

There are certainly more books available to help church planting teams get started. I hope this list gives you a solid place to start.
(And yes, I realize there are actually 21 books listed. You’re blessed!)

Today’s Missional Challenge

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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