A radical call to reform, Church Zero is a punk-rock approach to the pressing issue of gaining ground as rapidly as the early church. With a fresh perspective forged in the dirty trenches of international post-Christian societies, Peyton Jones pulls no punches as he brings this message to the American Church: We have lost our way.
The church is losing ground fast: losing the generation under age 30 and drawing few nonbelievers toward Christ. Christ gave us a leadership model for commando outreach, and the church has ignored it for too long. Will we continue down the path of self-preservation, defending our stalled church structures? Or will we follow the blueprint Jesus lays out? Church Zero challenges readers to once again become a radical, dangerous people who cannot be ignored. It’s time to break out!
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I have recently read numerous books on ministry and church planting for post-modern times, but I repeatedly passed up this book without even reading the reviews simply because the cover looked so weird and “What is Church Zero anyway?” I only decided to read Church Zero after attending a class taught by Peyton Jones at a church planter boot camp. He had a lot to say that I needed to hear. Church Zero is a worthy read. A must read if you are not satisfied with the current effectiveness of the church in reaching the lost. I am not aware of any other books covering the same material. I will not attempt to cover the many details of Church Zero as others have provided adequate synopsis of the book. Rather I will share the points that have most influenced me. The church in America has sped down the freeway just doing what she does. Her eyes glazed over with highway hypnoses as postmodernism crept into American culture. Now only a good jolt of a massive chug hole could shake her out of it. That is exactly what Peyton got when he returned to America after twelve years abroad. He looked around and said, “Where are the youth? They are not in church anymore!” Yet the church continues without concern just as it had in Europe. Without youth or new converts, the remaining church ages and passes away. Not only does Jones see the problem he also knows the solution because of his experience as a missionary to Wales. He has faced the barren results of ministry in the post-modern, post-Christian European culture, which now infects America as well. Today Americas’ own back yard is the third largest mission field in the world. The American churches remain largely clueless as to how to reach this magnitude of lost souls. We would do well to learn from the experiences of those who has have dealt with the same mind set in Europe. This is where Church Zero comes in. Stumped when the usual ministry outreach methods did not work, Jones turned to scripture to investigate church methods. Peyton studied the book of Acts until he realized the church had left the original pattern Christ intended His church to follow. In Church Zero, Peyton Jones points out these changes and explains from church history why they occurred and their lasting effect on the church. It is illuminating to say the least. He illustrates the need to return to the original model of Kingdom work as an effectual model for the American church today. Todays’ church ignores the gifts Christ gave to her. I understand Eph. 4:11-13 to speak of people Christ gives to the church as parts of the Christian body to provide leadership. I have noticed many churches today are “pastored” by teachers that continuously move through one bible book after another without any prophetic element of “preaching” the message of God for that congregation at that particular moment in time to accomplish God’s purpose for them. This grows an anemic church. Still I had stopped short of seeing the real problem. We need a variety of leaders; a team like Christ gave the church to lead the congregation to accomplish all that God desires and has in store for His church. I had missed the importance of the leadership team even though scripture spells it out. That one point affects how we do church at so many levels as well as the outcomes of our work. I am thankful to have read Church Zero.
Peyton Jones in his new book, “Church Zero” published by David C. Cook shows us Raising 1st Century Churches out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church. From the Back Cover: It’s Time to start over from zero. What happened to the Western Church? When did we stop being radical, dangerous, and impossible to ignore? Why are we losing the generation under 30 and reaching so few nonbelievers? In Church Zero, Peyton Jones says one of our big problems is this: we squeeze our leaders into a mold that cuts their hair and drains away their commando strength. Scripture lays out a leadership model that worked explosively in the first century—but frankly, we’re scared of it. We don’t have to be. When properly understood, Christ’s model can help your church live the way the body was meant to live, truly making a difference in your community. Church Zero gives the blueprints for how the Western Church might start rebuilding from the ground up if a pipe bomb were placed underneath all of our church structures overnight. What would tomorrow look like if we had to restart from a biblical ground zero? Church Zero will help us once again become a radical, dangerous people who cannot be ignored. It’s time to break out of the matrix. I do not have a problem with what we now call mega-churches. I guess sometimes it is easier to go and fit in with a large crowd. However we need the smaller churches to meet the needs of the individuals and we need the Pastors to shepherd them. However there are not enough churches! When I was growing up there was practically a church every few blocks. Now you need to travel to find a church. To get churches planted we need planters or what Paul called apostles. In eleven chapters Mr. Jones goes into the problem and the solution on how we should get the new church planted. He addresses the need and provides solutions. I believe this book is for everybody whether or not you will be a church planter. You see once the new church is planted someone has to bring the unchurched to church and if you understand what is going on in your new home you will be more equipped to help out. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from David C. Cook for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I just finished reading Church Zero and tears welled up in my eyes. The first thing that came to mind was similar to what the profit Isaiah said, God forgive me for I am a man of unclean lips and hart. The book is so moving almost prophetic, meaning it proclaims God truth for the believers to get out of the pews and become active participants in expanding Gods kingdom rather than some christian leaders that prefer building an empire. I was moved to get involved and seek God to do whatever he asks of me. I want to attend jump school and to use my gifts as God has given me to further the work which God has prepared in advance for me to do. Thanks. John Apodaca