Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch

by Nelson Searcy, Kerrick Thomas. Baker Books, 2017.


This resource is a good starting point for those thinking about starting a new church --- read about the story of Journey Church in New York City and gain from the experiences of the two pastors who started it.


celebrating baptisms, importance of record keeping, insight into creating a new congregation

Recommended Audience

clergy, lay leaders, and seminarians interested in starting a new churc


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Be inspired by and gain ideas on how to launch a new church by reading about the experiences of two pastors who started their own church.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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