Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New Churches from New Believers
By J.D. Payne (IVP)
The latest work from J.D. Payne, pastor of church multiplication at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., focuses on church-starting lessons to be learned from the early church—specifically the disciple-making work of Barnabas, Paul and Timothy.
Payne explores their missionary journeys, explaining how the apostles began churches with new believers. Using their activity as his groundwork, Payne provides an exhaustive primer on church planting. He explains spiritual, practical and personnel issues involved in starting churches, including pastoral development. He clearly outlines the stages of church planting, the church multiplication cycle and the strategy and process of beginning new work.
After presenting 10 ethical guidelines for church starters, Payne ends with a question to readers, asking if they feel called by God to plant churches.
Apostolic Church Planting is a great read for mission-minded churches, pastors and staff, as well as any believer interested in answering God’s call to plant churches.
Skip Holman, minister of discipleship
Northeast Baptist Church