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Missional House Churches: Reaching Our Communities with the Gospel [Paperback]

By J. D. Payne (Author)
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'Missional House Churches' examines house churches in the United States that are making disciples through evangelism and church planting. Based on the author's personal experience, research, and interviews with thirty-three missional house church leaders, this work offers a peek into an area of the church that few have seen.Throughout the book, topics discussed are:*recent growth in the popularity of house churches in the United States*what defines "church"*various characteristics of the house churches*methods of evangelism and leadership development which lead to growth*use of financial resources for missions and benevolence*future of house churches in North AmericaThose interested in learning about house churches, as well as students, missionaries, and mission and church leaders will benefit by knowing what is going on in the would of house churches that are reaching their communities.

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Missional House Churches examines the impact and effect that house churches are having in the United States in evangelizing, discipling, and church planting in local communities. Based on the author's first-hand research and interviews with over thirty missional house churches as well as his own experiences, this insightful work offers an inside look at, and analysis of the workings of the missional house church.Topics addressed include the recent growth in the popularity of house churches in the United States, what defines church, various characteristics of the house churches, methods of evangelism and leadership development which lead to growth, use of financial resources for missions and benevolence, future of house churches in North America and the relationship of church planting movements and house churches. The appendices describe the research methodology and surveys used in the study as well as characteristics of church planting movements. This book will be of interest to church leaders, mission-minded thinkers, and students who wish to explore, understand, and participate in this phenomenon of the missional house church movement.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Paternoster
Pages   207
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
ISBN  193406825X  
ISBN13  9781934068250  

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More About J. D. Payne

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Mark Terry (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of missions at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee. J. D. Payne (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor of church multiplication at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. Both authors have also served as missionaries.

J. D. Payne has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Encountering Mission

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Sure to Become a Primer  Jul 8, 2008
This book stands out from others, including Wolfgang Simson's formidable "Houses That Change the World", because it is based on actual research. J.D. Payne is not so much a "cheerleader" for a preferred way of doing church as he is a reporter who bases his observations on where the data leads him. And where it leads him is to the conclusion that the missional house church phenomenon is accomplishing things that the more traditional church cannot afford to ignore.

As someone who has read a fair amount of the available material on the subject, I find Payne's book among the more valuable and will certainly use it as a primer for training house church leaders within my own circle of influence.

Missional House Churches -- Readable and Important !  Apr 9, 2008
In his book Missional House Churches, Dr. JD Payne has done us a great service by providing the first scholarly, yet highly readable, analysis of its kind regarding North American house churches that are actually experiencing growth and expansion. What factors have directly or indirectly contributed to their evangelistic impulse and church planting success? What challenges do the leaders of these Christian colonies face, internally and externally? What demographic patterns are evident in these faith communities? What practices and beliefs do they hold dear? What questions still need answering as this phenomenon emerges onto the landscape? Apart from some sections in which the author ventures into the land of "critique", rather than sticking to pure description and analysis of his subject, this is a highly balanced effort from an able scholar. Anyone planting house churches in the West will be challenged by this important work to sharpen their skills and to become more missional.

Rad Zdero, Ph.D.
Author of The Global House Church Movement (2004) and
Editor of Nexus: The World House Church Movement Reader (2007)

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