“Planting, Watering, Growing: Planting Confessionally Reformed Churches in the 21st Century”

This looks like a great book on “Planting Confessionally Reformed Churches in the 21st Century.” I’ll be picking up my copy next week at the first ever URCNA Church Planting Conference/Colloquium in Denver, CO. You can get your copy here.

Here is the publishers description:

“As a response to the unique challenges facing the twenty-first-century American church, church planting has become a popular topic. But at a time when churches that spread the seed of the Word through preaching, the sacraments, and prayer are greatly needed, much of the focus has been on planting churches that adapt pop culture to meet “consumer demand.”  In Planting, Watering,Growing, the authors of this collection of essays weave together theological wisdom, personal experiences, and practical suggestions, guiding readers through the foundations and methods of planting confessional churches that uphold the Word of God.”

 

Table of Contents:

Foreword: Was the Reformation Missions-Minded?—Michael S. Horton

Introduction—Daniel R. Hyde and Shane Lems

 

Part 1: The Foundation of Planting Churches

1     The Fruitful Grain of Wheat—Brian Vos

2     The Sovereign Spirit of Missions: Thoughts on Acts 16:6–10 and Church Planting—Daniel R. Hyde

3     The Reformed Confessions and Missions—Wes Bredenhof

4     No Church, No Problem?—Michael S. Horton

 

Part 2: The Methods of Planting Churches

5     Church Planting Principles from the Book of Acts—Daniel R. Hyde

6     Heart Preparation in Church Planting—Paul T. Murphy

7     Church Planting: A Covenantal and Organic Approach—Paul T. Murphy

8     Planning the Plant: Some Thoughts on Preparing to Plant a New Church—Kim Riddlebarger

 

Part 3: The Work of Planting Churches

9     On Being a Church Planter—Daniel R. Hyde

10     Being a Welcoming Church Plant—Kevin Efflandt

11     Flock and Family: A Biblical Balance—Shane Lems

12     Declare His Praise among the Nations: Public Worship as the Heart of Evangelism—Daniel R. Hyde

13     “How’s the Food?” The Church Plant’s Most Important Ingredient—Michael G. Brown

14     Church Membership and the Church Plant—Michael G. Brown

15     Shepherding Toward Maturity, Part 1: The Authority in Church Planting— Spencer Aalsburg

16     Shepherding Toward Maturity, Part 2: Identifying a Mature Church Plant— Spencer Aalsburg

17     Motivation: The Planting Church and the Planted Church—Eric Tuininga

 

Part 4: The Context of Planting Churches

18     Church Planting in a Melting Pot—Shane Lems

19     The Cultural Factor in Church Planting—Mitchell Persaud

20     Growing Contextually Reformed Churches: Oxymoron or Opportunity?—Phil Grotenhuis

21     Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?—Michael S. Horton

 

Epilogue—Daniel R. Hyde and Shane Lems

 

Appendix A Church-Plant Timeline: A Big and Brief Picture of a Plant—Daniel R.    Hyde and Shane Lems

Appendix B The Steering Committee—Spencer Aalsburg

Appendix C Guidelines for the Steering Committee—Spencer Aalsburg

 

Selected Bibliography

Contributors

Scripture Index

Confessions Index

 

About the Editors:

Daniel R. Hyde and Shane Lems are the church planters and pastors of the Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad/Oceanside, California, and United Reformed Church of Sunnyside in Sunnyside, Washington.

Contributors:

Michael S. Horton, Brian Vos, Wes Bredenhof, Paul T. Murphy, Kim Riddlebarger, Kevin Efflandt, Michael G. Brown, Spencer Aalsburg, Eric Tuininga, Mitchell Persaud, Phil Grotenhuis

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