The original was great. The second edition is even better. As indicated on newchurches.com, in revisiting the book the authors "ended up changing over 50% of the content". So if you have the original, I still suggest making the upgrade.The new material is definitely worth it. Also, the new format is cleaner, it's easier to navigate, and it's a pleasure to read. B&H did a great job with the second edition of PMC.
Section 1 lays a foundation for church planting and multiplication. In my experience, many people simply don't understand why churches should be planted. On the other hand, there are those who love church planting as an idea but don't understand the Biblical justification for it. This section presents a compelling biblical vision for planting churches. Included in this section are a bunch of stats that that bolster the argument for planting. This is a particular strength of this book. Stetzer has clearly done his homework (Stetzer was the former executive director of Lifeway Research).
Section 2 is called "Models of Church Planting" and wrestles with concepts related to the various philosophies of ministry.
Sections 3 and 4 really dig into the nuts and bolts that are necessary to plant. It includes everything from how to handle finances, to what the church should be named, how to preach, and much more. Potential planters will definitely be helped by consulting these pages.
Section 5 is called "Multiplication and Movements". This section holds a lot of the new material. I was very helped by the chapter "Churches Planting Churches" and believe that the concepts found there should be familiar to all who are in church leadership--even those who aren't interested in planting. Also, I was intrigued by the chapter on denominations and networks. It wasn't quite what I expected but it helped me to think through issues that I had never considered before.
I definitely recommend PMC. If I had to recommend only one book on church planting, this is it. PMC is a one-stop-shop for understanding church planting and crafting a plan to do it. PMC is even-handed in the assessment and recommendation of various strategies, it is written by practitioners, and it is both Biblically and statistically informed. Finally, at newchurches.com there are tons of additional and complementary resources. Buy the book and read it. Hop online and join the newchurches.com community. You won't be disappointed.
- Hardcover: 401 pages
- Publisher: B & H Academic; 2 edition (1 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433692163
- ISBN-13: 978-1433692161
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 635 g
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