“We should start a new church.” This may be the idea of one person. It may be the call of a small group of energized individuals. Or, it may be the conclusion of a study by a large congregation desiring to evangelize another geographic area. Whatever the origin, starting a new congregation is an exciting and sometimes daunting process. There are many approaches to church planting. How do you decide which direction to take? In this series, New Church Start guru Ed Stetzer introduces and describes five church-planting models: Traditional, Launch Big, Missional/Incarnational, Organic/House Church, and Multisite/Satellite. For each one, he gives comparative financial costs and a list of pros and cons. This series is probably most useful to those in the very early stages of church planting conversations. For those who want more detail, there’s a list of recommended resources for each model.
Reviewed by Marie F. Fleming