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May 29, 2013 / Matt Larson

Church Planting Reading List

I get the privilege of teaching a class in the Fall at Eternity Bible College. They asked me to put together a reading list for the class. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far!

Church Planting Land Mines by Tom Nebel and Gary Rohrmayer
Church Planter by Darrin Patrick.
My recommended list looks something like this:
Exponential by Dave and Jon Ferguson
On the Verge by Dave Ferguson and Alan Hirsch
Gospel Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson
Discipleshift by Jim Putman
Better Together by Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird
Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler
Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch
Spirit Filled Church by Terry Virgo
Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous
Tribes by Seth Godin
Gospel by JD Greear
Ok, the list has officially been added to by my teaching partner, Chris Barksdale. Here is his list of recommended books in addition to mine. I will work on links when I get a few more minutes!
“Planting and Growing Urban Churches: From Dream to Reality” by Harvie Conn
“Chameleon Christianity: Moving Beyond Safety and Conformity” by Dick Keyes
“Church Planter Manual” by Tim Keller
“Church Planting in the African American Community” by Michael Cox
“Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age” by Ed Stetzer
“Planting Churches Cross-Culturally: North America and Beyond” by David Hesselgrave
“Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch” Nelson Searcy
“Planting Missional Churches” by Ed Stetzer
“The Trellis and the Vine” by Colin Marshall
“Total Church” by Steve Timmis
“The Deliberate Church” by Mark Dever
“Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” by Jim Cymbala
“The Externally Focused Church” by Eric Swanson
“What is the Mission of the Church” by Kevin DeYoung
“Tangible Kingdom” by Hugh Halter
“Center Church” by Tim Keller
“Everyday Church” by Tim Chester
“Organic Church” by Neil Cole
“Starting a New Church: The Church Planter’s Guide to Success” by Ralph Moore
“The Church Planting Wife” by Christine Hoover
If you’re a church planter or just an avid reader, I’d love to know if you have any suggestions! I’ll be teaching this class in the Fall at Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley. You can take a look at the fall schedule here.


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  1. Matt Van Peursem / May 29 2013 4:17 pm

    How about…
    AND by Hugh Halter
    Gospel by JD Greear
    then there are some excellent “strategic books” that are a bit outside the bounds of “ministry”
    The Advantage by Patrick Lincioni
    Good to Great by Jim Collins

    …great list though. Stoked for you. Wish I could attend đŸ™‚

  2. Matt Larson / May 29 2013 5:30 pm

    Thanks Matt, those are great suggestions! I LOVED Gospel, still one of my top 5’s for personal growth in the truth of the Gospel. Excellent stuff.

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