This 62-page work is designed to encourage and provide some guidance for pastors considering such missionary work. While some elements of this book will be of value to pastors who are already leading their churches in church planting, this resource was not written with them in mind. The content is very basic. It is written for those approaching the starting line–not those already in the race.
- Seven Reasons for Leading Your Church in Church Planting
- The Other Wing of the Airplane
- Some Resources to Get You Started
- Avoiding the Nestea Plunge
- Five Steps for Vision Casting for Multiplication
- Anticipating Objections to Church Planting
Each chapter concludes with questions to assist with developing and taking contextualized action steps.
J. D. serves as the pastor for church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. Before moving to Birmingham, he served for ten years with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and as an Associate Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism in the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he directed the Center for North American Missions and Church Planting.
After completing his doctoral studies at the age of twenty-seven, he was invited to serve with the seminary, making him one of the youngest professors in the history of the school. Prior to his arrival at Southern, he taught as an Adjunct Professor at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana. He holds memberships in the Evangelical Missiological Society, and Great Commission Research Network.
He also serves as the Executive Vice President for Administration for the Evangelical Missiological Society and served for several years as the book review editor for the Great Commission Research Journal.