Monday, August 29, 2011

How I Read It: Church Planting Movements

A few thoughts after finishing Church Planting Movements by David Garrison:

This Book Was Great:  I'm going to cut right to the chase... This book was awesome.  The first half is stories of God working around the world bringing literally millions of people to faith in Christ.  The second half took those present-day examples and found the common factors.  It answered the question: If this is what God is doing, how can we join in?

An Acts Handbook:  As recently as this spring I had been reading Acts and asking myself: What would that look like around me?  How do I personally need to change to be more like this?  What ministry methods do I need to change?
While Scripture is irreplaceable and still holds pre-eminence, I hope it is not too bold to say that this book serves as a present-day 'study guide' to Acts.  It takes the stories and practices from Acts, shows how they are still being used by God in movements of Christianity today, and gives practical advice for how you can see those movements happen where you are.

I'm sold:  Need I say more?  Since reading it, I've put so much thought towards this question: "What's it going to take to see a Church Planting Movement around me? in Pekin Illinois?"  

Who's in?  Who's with me?  I'm looking for a few people who would also want to read this book, dialogue about it, study Scripture, and then put what we learn into practice.  I've already got one, maybe two people who are interested... but I'll throw the invitation out there:  Comment or reply if you want to join me in this 'church planting movement journey.'  (Note: This will involve you buying the book for yourself, so only raise your hand if you're truly in.)

2011 Personal Impact Ranking:
  1. Church Planting Movements by David Garrison
  2. One thing You Can't Do in Heaven by Mark Cahill*
  3. Fight Clubs by Jonathan Dodson*
  4. Humility by CJ Mahaney*
  5. Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck*
  6. The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis
  7. Samson and the Pirate Monks by Nate Larkin*
  8. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
  9. Crazy Love by Francis Chan*
  10. It's Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men by S. Truett Cathy*
  11. The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott*
*I own these books, let me know if you want to borrow them. I'd love to share.

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