Item description for Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch by Nelson Searcy & Kerrick Thomas...
Overview Looking to establish your own congregation from scratch? Begin here with practical how-to strategies for raising funds, team building, effective evangelism, developing a growing membership, and specific advice on reaching those hard-to-target 20- to 40-year-olds. Includes an insider's look at a model of church planting---The Journey Church of the City. 208 pages, softcover from Regal.
Publishers Description Starting a church from scratch? Start here This is no typical "church planting" or "church growth" book. The authors, both pastors at The Journey Church of the City in Manhattan, offer specific strategies for beginning a church from scratch, based on their own experiences in launching a church with no members, no money and no staff--and watched membership skyrocket to more than a thousand people in three years They offer clear, practical how-to strategies for quickly raising funds, creating a team, planning services, effective evangelism and rapidly developing a growing membership. Specific advice is included for reaching that often difficult-to-target demographic, the 20- to 40-year-old. You'll also get an insider's look at The Journey Church of the City as a model for church planting. The helpful strategies here will help you remove many of the barriers, questions and doubts encountered in starting a church from scratch. If these principles work in NYC, they'll work for you
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Studio: Regal Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 11, 2007
Publisher GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLISHERS #9
ISBN 0830743103 ISBN13 9780830743100
Availability 0 units.
More About Nelson Searcy & Kerrick Thomas
Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. He is the author of more than 75 church growth resources and 12 books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, and Ignite. He is also the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the Renegade Pastors Network. Kerrick Thomas is a teaching pastor at The Journey Church and regularly co-leads training events with Nelson Searcy. Prior to his move to New York to plant The Journey, he received a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Nelson Searcy currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.
Launch delivers what it promises -- a clear, reliable guide to planting new churches. It follows a particular model, with which some may find fault, but it serves as a good primer for executing that model. Adequate attention is directed at the role of Christ in the establishing of his church, though one may still bristle at the formulaic approach.
The open question here is the same as in Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Church": Can description (of what happened) really translate into prescription (of what you should do)?
You'll never know until you actually try to plant a church this way. And even if that effort should fail, it's hard to diagnose the cause of failure. Perhaps that's why such "how to" books are great. They can never be disproved by failure, only affirmed by success. If the new church soars, the author's share credit. If it flops, the planter gets the blame alone.
A must Read for all church planters Mar 9, 2007
Nelson and Kerrick have provided a tool that is going to help church planters for years to come. The book displays the fact that these two authors are practitioners. As a church launch brother and home town New Yorker...Launch is a must have for guys launching churches in New York and around the nation! Ray, Crossroads Church --Staten Island, NY
A 5 Star Book FROM and FOR 5 Star Church Leaders Mar 9, 2007
Nelson and Kerrick have written a book that "dials in" on the principles they live and teach. After serving as a short-term missionary with their church, I saw these principles lived out with integrity, honest professionalism, and a pure heart. These guys practice what they preach AND they take others along with them. Nelson and Kerrick, along with their team and those they've coached around the world, may be THE MOST INFLUENTIAL NEW CHURCH PLANTERS IN THE WORLD. Read this book and apply it. I promise you "traction." We got it! You will too!
A must have resource if you are planting a church! Mar 9, 2007
Nelson and Kerrick have written a very practical guide to launching a church! It is extremely helpful at any phase of the process and is something I go back and look at frequently. Don't even think about planting a church without putting this book on your reading list!
No Question! This IS the LAUNCH book to Read! Mar 8, 2007
I know. I know. There are are a ton of books out there on how to start a church. I probably read 95% of them before launching The Pointe in March 2006. So why is this book better than most? It is practical. It is provides a systematic approach that can be followed almost to a "T" and most of all IT WORKS! In just one year of weekly services since we launched The Pointe, we are averaging around 620 at Sunday services. 177 new pofessions of faith have been made and over 65 people have been baptized! Go God! I met Nelson in 2005 and through God first, Nelson's leadership and the principles he and Kerrick share in this book, The Pointe is one of the fastest growing churches in the UMC in Georgia. If you are looking for a model that works, THIS IS IT!