The Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Practices of Church Planting Team Members

The Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Practices of Church Planting Team Members

by J. D. Payne


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The Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Practices of Church Planting Team Members by J. D. Payne

The Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Practices of Church Planting Team Members, by author and professor J. D. Payne, describes how Barnabas should be considered as a model for contemporary church planting team members. Each chapter of this work addresses a particular "Barnabas Factor," a healthy aspect of Barnabas' life that assisted in Kingdom expansion. The eight practices include:

  • Walks with the Lord
  • Maintains an Outstanding Character
  • Serves the Local Church
  • Remains Faithful to the Call
  • Shares the Gospel Regularly
  • Raises Up Leaders
  • Encourages with Speech and Actions
  • Responds Appropriately to Conflict.

The book also includes the Barnabas Factors Standard of Excellence Guide for Team Development to assist leaders in assessing potential team members.

What others are saying aboutThe Barnabas Factors:

This is a very straightforward, non-glitzy look at what the Bible has to say about team ministry in church planting.

Ed Stetzer, author of Planting Missional Churches, taken from the Foreword

Given the risky and pioneering nature of church planting, it is essential to develop healthy relationships amongst members of the founding team. Here J. D. Payne gives us a biblical model of engendering healthy team dynamics by looking to the life and ministry of Barnabas. This is a book for those of us who want to keep a joyful camaraderie whilst advancing the kingdom.

Alan Hirsch,
author of The Forgotten Ways and The Shaping of Things to Come;
Founding director of

If there is a priority need today in church planting, it is a need for the church planting team members first to be people of exemplary Christ-like character. . . . Payne's book addresses this issue in a clear and concise manner.

R. Bruce Carlton, author of Acts 29, Professor of Cross-Cultural Ministry, Oklahoma Baptist University

The Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Practices of Church Planting Team Members is a unique and much needed book for anyone interested in church planting. I strongly believe it is a must-read for newly appointed missionaries and just as essential for veteran missionaries. This book powerfully sets forth the need for godly personal characteristics that are vital for successful church planting teams. The diagnostic tool at the conclusion of the book will be a great help in evaluating potential team members.

Charles Brock,
President, Church Growth International;
author of Indigenous Church Planting: A Practical Journey

I highly recommend this book. From end to end it is practical: it's the relationship stuff, the personal qualities of team members, and the realistic nuts and bolts of ministry that are so ultimately determinative to fruitfulness in the church planting and team contexts. Payne brings great clarity as to what is a missionary "call." And for no extra charge there is a powerful tool at the end pulling all the principles together to help you decide who to take onto your team and who not to. A must-read for all church planters.

Daniel Sinclair,
author of A Vision of the Possible: Pioneer Church Planting in Teams

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475084108
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 445,756
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

J. D. Payne serves as the pastor of church multiplication for The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama.

He served for a decade as a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and nine years with the North American Mission Board. He has pastored churches in Kentucky and Indiana, and served with several church planting teams in the United States.

He is the author of Missional House Churches: Reaching Our Communities with the Gospel; Discovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting; Evangelism: A Biblical Response to Today's Questions; Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission; Roland Allen: Pioneer of Spontaneous Expansion; and Kingdom Expressions: Trends Influencing the Advancement of the Gospel.

He also blogs at and can be located on Twitter @jd_payne

He is married to Sarah. They have three children, Hannah, Rachel, and Joel.

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