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Church planters are hungry for the latest resources but don’t have a lot of time to search for the ones worth digesting. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best church planting books that are available for free download.
There is a never-ending pool of resources marketed to church planters. They can attend conferences (regional or national ones like Exponential), listen to podcasts, attend webinars, or read blogs, among other methods of taking in new information. Books and ebooks are also an efficient way to discover new models and insights for how to launch and nurture a new community of believers.
Ebooks are books of various lengths that are distributed electronically. They can be distributed through platforms, such as Amazon’s Kindle, Apple Books, pdf, and other formats. The power of eBooks is that through a digital device, you can receive the book immediately and retrieve the most valuable portions in an instant.
10 Church Planting Books You Can Download Right Now
1. Leading Your Church in Church Planting
Written by J.D. Payne, Leading Your Church in Church Planting is perfect for those who are taking their first steps in church planting. It is a very helpful resource for your leadership team to go through together as you work through what it looks like for you to plant a church.
2. 5 Marks of a Healthy Church Planter
Starting a church is not easy. That’s why the Send Network has designed 5 Marks of a Healthy Church Planter to guide you along your journey. Each author is also a practitioner, thus, they are qualified in providing valuable information around what marks a successful church planter.
3. Starting a Church That Keeps On Growing
Starting a Church That Keeps On Growing is a two-part handbook, created by Robert E. Logan and Jeff Rast, that contains a brief overview of ten principles for a growing and reproducing church and then walks you through the 5 phases in the life-cycle of a church. This is a very practical handbook for any church planter just starting out.
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4. 5 Essential Ideas for Church Planters
In 5 Essential Ideas for Church Planters, Bob Smith, and Greg Morris talk about some of the most important things to keep in mind as you launch a church and enter the first years of ministry as a church plant.
5. 8 Habits of Highly Effective Church Plants
What are the habits that lead to quality and quantity in church planting? 8 Habits of Highly Effective Church Plants presents an amazing interview with Steve Pike. Steve has over 30 years of experience as a church planter and the CMN network founder/leader, which translates into invaluable insights for the reader.
6. Launch Stronger
A good launch is essential for long-term growth in your church. In Launch Stronger, Brett Andrews, Dale Spaulding, and Sean Cronin share valuable insights that will challenge, inspire, and equip you as you start your church. The material in this eBook will help you make disciples who will go on and plant more churches.
7. Set-Up Process & Team Structures
Whether you are launching portability or not, the vitality of your volunteer team affects all aspects of your ministry from recruiting, to engagement, to overall experience. Learn some tips and tricks to making sure your set up and team structures are strong with the free e-book, Set-Up Process & Team Structures.
8. National Study on Disciple Making in USA Churches
What is the state of discipleship in the church today? Exponential and Discipleship.org combine their findings in National Study on Disciple Making in USA Churches to highlight what it looks like to be a church that embraces discipleship. Through reading this book, you’ll learn from past discipleship movements and grow as a church in order to start making disciples who make disciples.
9. Becoming Five Multiplication Study
The number of churches that are reproducing is on the upswing. This means that more local churches are embracing multiplication through disciple-making, leading, and church planting. Becoming Five Multiplication Study will help churches consider how they can become a reproducing and multiplying church.
10. Covocational Church Planting
In an effort to combat declining attendance and the closing of existing churches, every major denomination is focusing more resources toward starting new congregations. Many are starting churches with covocational church planters. Covocational Church Planting provides a new way to think about vocation and a fresh vision for church planting as a covocational leader.
These are just a handful of church planting books that will get you thinking about how best to embark on church planting and disciple-making. The world of books relevant to church planting is vast, with new releases weekly.
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What valuable church planting books have you come across that we haven’t already mentioned?