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Church Planting: Laying Foundations [Paperback]

By Stuart Murray (Author) & J. Nelson Kraybill (Foreword by)
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Describing his church planting ministry, the apostle Paul writes, "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. . .For we are God's fellow-workers; you are God's field, God's building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no-one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." Mixing his metaphors, Paul speaks of the church in Corinth as both a field and a building. Church planters are co-workers with God, planting seeds from which churches grow and larying foundations on which they are built. God is the life source of these churches. Jesus Christ is their foundation. Other workers, like Apollos, water the seed which has been planted and build on the foundations which have been laid. The role of the church planter is to ensure that good seed has been sown and firm foundations laid.

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Stuart Murray lays some theological foundations for church planting and invites church planters to think seriously about missiology and ecclesiology. 292 pages.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Herald Press
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.15" Width: 5.83" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2001
Publisher   Herald Press
ISBN  083619148X  
ISBN13  9780836191486  

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More About Stuart Murray & J. Nelson Kraybill

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Murray has planted churches as well as written books on mission issues, such as City Vision. He is chair of the UK Anabaptist Network, editor of Anabaptism Today, and responsible for Urabn Expression, a church-planting initiative in London.

Stuart Murray currently resides in Oxford. Stuart Murray was born in 1956.

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good read  Feb 3, 2005
this man is a lawyer, and he writes like one. at first this style takes a bit of getting used to as it seems many times he is arguing both sides of the arguement. this all in all is probably a good thing as it gives you a bigger overview of diffrent models, but so often i wanted to know what the author himself, an experienced church planter, recommended. he raises a lot of good questions to get us thinking, but doesn't always give answers. some of you may want this, others of you may be looking for something to give clearer direction rather then a (very good and very detailed) overview of differing view points related to ecclesiology.
Finally, a Biblical view of Church Planting  Jul 10, 2003
This book is insightful, thought provoking, and practical. This isn't a "how to" book, so anyone looking for a step-by-step book should look elsewhere. However, Murray offers something much more--an approach to church-planting that is both practical AND based in solid ecclesiology. Ecclesiology is lacking in my faith tradition (evangelicalism). This book helps to fill the void. Anyone considering being a part of a church plant MUST get this book.
Outstanding!  Jul 5, 2003
Murray and Kraybill have produced a comprehensive book that examines Church Planting from a very balanced perspective. Their treatment of the objections to church planting is extremely valuable. Although their efforts to stay balanced cause the book to occasionally "bog down," the net effect is a classic work that will stand the test of time. This book will be a helpful guide for the leaders and participants in any church planting movement.
Necessary Read!  May 27, 2003
This is by far the best of the best. It challenges pragmatic approaches by most popular models/methods of church planting and calls for planters to understand their greater purpose as the missio Dei (mission of God). It is a trenchant critique of the idols of "purpose," "programs," and "personalities" over and above kingdom principles and perspectives.

Thoroughly biblical, yet liberating!

One of the finest books I have read!  Jun 25, 2001
Previously published in the UK, a year ago I paid a small fortune for a copy of this book that was special ordered from England. I was furious at having to spend so much -- but upon reading it, I found that not a penny had been wasted...and that this book is actually worth its weight in gold!

Essentially, this book is a primer on issues of ecclesiology (the ways in which theological assumptions and messages are found in how we structure the church and our efforts at building it up). Stuart notes that far too little attention has been given to these issues by most church planters and people seeking to renew the church. He calls upon the church to take seriously how the shape of the church influences the message it will proclaim.

Murray takes the reader through a comprehensive and sweeping survey of many ways in which church planting is done and ways in which congregations are structured. What he is getting at here is not about what committees or boards a church may have -- but more fundamental issues of how laity and clergy interact, the significance of buildings and properties, and the relationship between notions of parish church versus a more missional organization.

Murray offers up useful commentary throughout this book, pointing out strengths and weaknesses where he finds them. Even if one does not agree with every point he makes, he provides a priceless explanation of many different approaches to being the church today.

This is a SUPERB book. I give this book my highest recommendation.


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