New Book will Help this Church Plant!

This book Planting, Watering, Growing: Planting Confessionally Reformed Churches in the 21st Century will hopefully fill a gap left behind by other books that call the church to adapt to pop culture to meet the consumers demands.  This book, I’m told will help churches meet the challenges of planting a church by the simple means of preaching the Word, administering the sacraments, church discipline, and prayer.  Instead of focusing on the unbiblical approach of so many books, this one will help confessional churches uphold the Word of God in church planting.

Table of Contents:
Foreword: Was the Reformation Missions-Minded?—Michael S. Horton
Introduction—Daniel R. Hyde and Shane Lems™

Part 1: The Foundation of Planting Churches
1               The Fruitful Grain of Wheat—Brian Vos
2               The Sovereign Spirit of Missions: Thoughts on Acts 16:6–10 and Church Planting—Daniel R. Hyde
3               The Reformed Confessions and Missions—Wes Bredenhof
4               No Church, No Problem?—Michael S. Horton

™Part 2: The Methods of Planting Churches
5               Church Planting Principles from the Book of Acts—Daniel R. Hyde
6               Heart Preparation in Church Planting—Paul T. Murphy
7               Church Planting: A Covenantal and Organic Approach—Paul T. Murphy
8               Planning the Plant: Some Thoughts on Preparing to Plant a New Church—Kim Riddlebarger

™ Part 3: The Work of Planting Churches
9               On Being a Church Planter—Daniel R. Hyde
10            Being a Welcoming Church Plant—Kevin Efflandt
11            Flock and Family: A Biblical Balance—Shane Lems
12            Declare His Praise among the Nations: Public Worship as the Heart of Evangelism—Daniel R. Hyde
13            “How’s the Food?” The Church Plant’s Most Important Ingredient—Michael G. Brown
14           Church Membership and the Church Plant—Michael G. Brown
15            Shepherding Toward Maturity, Part 1: The Authority in Church Planting— Spencer Aalsburg
16            Shepherding Toward Maturity, Part 2: Identifying a Mature Church Plant— Spencer Aalsburg
17            Motivation: The Planting Church and the Planted Church—Eric Tuininga

™ Part 4: The Context of Planting Churches
18            Church Planting in a Melting Pot—Shane Lems
19            The Cultural Factor in Church Planting—Mitchell Persaud
20            Growing Contextually Reformed Churches: Oxymoron or Opportunity?—Phil Grotenhuis
21            Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?—Michael S. Horton

Epilogue—Daniel R. Hyde and Shane Lems
Appendix A Church-Plant Timeline: A Big and Brief Picture of a Plant—Daniel R. Hyde and Shane Lems
Appendix B The Steering Committee—Spencer Aalsburg
Appendix C Guidelines for the Steering Committee—Spencer Aalsburg
Selected Bibliography
Scripture Index
Confessions Index

About the Editors: Daniel R. Hyde and Shane Lems are the church planters and pastors of the Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad/Oceanside, California, and United Reformed Church of Sunnyside in Sunnyside, Washington.

Contributors: Michael S. Horton, Brian Vos, Wes Bredenhof, Paul T. Murphy, Kim Riddlebarger, Kevin Efflandt, Michael G. Brown, Spencer Aalsburg, Eric Tuininga, Mitchell Persaud, Phil Grotenhuis

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