Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission

Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission

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Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission by Darrin Patrick

The most critical human component of every church plant is the planter himself. Scripture has a lot to say about the character and office of those called to lead. But so much of its wisdom gets pushed aside for strategies and methods-a high price to pay. It's time to return to biblical criteria for determining the man, the message, and the mission of every church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433515767
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 08/12/2010
Series: Re:Lit Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

DARRIN PATRICK is the vice president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and the founding pastor of the Journey Church in St. Louis. He has served in ministry for twenty years and speaks regularly at pastor’s conferences and training events for church planters.

Matt Chandler is the lead pastor of The Village Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas metroplex of over 10,000 people. His sermons are among the topselling (free) podcasts on itunes and he speaks at conferences worldwide. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lauren, and their three children: Audrey, Reid and Norah.

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Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Jacob_Young More than 1 year ago
The church planting varsity league of the 21st century, Acts 29, has finally released their first book on church planting: Church Planter by Darrin Patrick. In particular, Patrick's work is about raising the bar for ban's (boy+man=ban) to stop merely being humans with male plumbing, but men who are defined by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Main Review At the center of this book beats a heat centered on Jesus Christ and him crucified. This got me excited about the book. At no point does Patrick slip into the all to easy vein of moralistic guilting. Darrin Patrick is a pastor, a pastor who loves Jesus, and you get the sense through the book that Patrick wants us to know the power of King Jesus as it relates to the call of some to plant churches. He wants what God wants, what the Bible clearly calls men to (if they should so choose to let the Bible speak for itself): men who know the power of Christ to rescue them from sin and call them into a life with God. He makes appeals to men being men of God simply because they are fundamentally rescued men. Eric Simmons has noted that page 25 of the book where he talks about "What does it mean to be rescued?" is worth the entire price of the book. I couldn't agree more. But let me add a couple more places that the book is worth its weight in gold. In chapter three, Patrick gives a fresh and helpful exposition of 1 Timothy 3's qualifications of a pastor. Seriously rich and illuminating stuff here. Further, on page 124 in chapter 9 on "Salvation-Accomplishing" I have a huge star for personal reference where Patrick goes through and gives an extensive Scripture listing of "The blessings that Christ has procured or us through his death and resurrection [that are] immeasurable". I know I will be continually referring back to this helpful listing (along with a section a few pages over on the imputed righteousness of Christ). A further helpful aspect of the book that I would note is Patrick's pastoral care for us through the material. He likes to ask you lots of questions to help you think through things. These tend to be at the end of chapters. He also wants to keep you from going off on bad roads from various things he presents. So very often he presents biblical truth, applies it to your life, and then gives observations (typically two or three) on how people can avoid this truth, supress it, take it the wrong way, etc. His wise insight will be helpful in guiding many men on a godly path of pursuing a church planting calling. In some ways I feel this book is mistitled. It should be something along the lines of "Being A Christian".Very little of this book is relegated to only church planters. I think Patrick should have given more discussion to the qualification of a man's love and care for his wife, especially given the fairly stark picture he paints of the modern man in his preface. Further, I am slightly concerns about Patrick's application of church planting primarily to cities and feel it will hinder the book from helping those in rural or suburban settings. But I don't think this keeps the book from being useful to all Christians, especially those church planting. I think all Christians who want a simple, packed, and "go to" manual in getting clarity and insight into who they are as a Christian, what they're called to, what their message is, and where they should be thinking about going will benefit from this book.
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When will this be released on Nook?? I hope soon.
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