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

Best For

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


purchase as a book

Suggested Uses

  • 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 is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. 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 Learns.

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