We have long been aware of the challenge of reaching the unreached peoples of the world. For many this seemed a daunting and almost impossible task. However, with a clear biblical model of church planting, which works in divergent cultural settings, it seems that this may in fact be possible.
In A Vision of the Possible, Daniel Sinclair thoroughly covers practical whys and how-to's concerning pioneer church planting among unreached people groups, with applicable discussions from Scripture along the way. Its emphases include resistant environments and church planting in teams. It also includes the newly revised seven "Pioneer Church Planting Phases", which is widely used by mission agencies working among unreached peoples.
Those on the field, and those in preparation, including those in Bible schools and seminaries, will find this book immensely practical. Senders on the homefront will also find it invaluable, as they seek to understand the biblical and concrete issues the friends they support grapple with on a daily basis.
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About the Author
He has two masters degrees in missions and Bible, has published various tools and articles about church planting among unreached peoples, and has taught as adjunct faculty at a major university.
Table of Contents
Apostleship: The Great Neglected Subject 1
What Is a Church?-and How to Plant One 15
Working in Teams-Foundational Principles 31
Working in Teams-Practical Applications 39
The Pioneer Church Planting Phases 55
Learning the Language 87
Role and Residency 109
Discipling Local Believers 139
Leadership in the Apostolic Task 159
The Role of the Church Planters in Church Planting 181
What about Church Planting Movements in Highly Resistant Cultures? 199
Three Models of Church Planting 211
The Crucial First Group of Elders 219
Apostleship in the New Testament 251
Becoming Someone to Whom Host People Can Talk Dr. Lyman Campbell 261
Writing a VSP and MOU 269
Orality, Bible Narratives, and Indigenous Reproducing Churches Steve Evans 273
Top Ten Team Pitfalls 281