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T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution: The Story Behind the World’s Fastest Growing Church Planting Movement and How it Can Happen in Your Community!

T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution: The Story Behind the World’s Fastest Growing Church Planting Movement and How it Can Happen in Your Community!

  • Strong biblical foundation for CPM kingdom multiplication, including extensive biblical and topical indexes
  • Excellent biblical exposition of: Jesus’ kingdom of God and parables, Paul’s first-century CPMs, the cost of discipleship, the biblical principles of ‘Precedent and Promise,’ and a call to a 21st century Discipleship Re- Revolution
  • Vignettes and examples from Ying Kai’s life and T4T ministry “in his own words”
  • Lots of practical “How to” insights that will walk you step-by-step through the implementation of T4T
  • Careful exposition of the 1/3-1/3-1/3 process that provides the internal engine of T4T reproduction

Steve Smith’s book represents the accumulated wisdom of nearly two decades of CPM best practices from around the world. The T4T, or Training for Trainers, movement is the most explosive and fruitful Church Planting Movement that we have ever seen. Since its inception in 2001, the T4T movement has seen more than 1.7 million baptisms and more than 130,000 new church starts. Truly we have never seen anything quite like this movement that is now influencing other mission efforts throughout the world. With Steve Smith and Ying Kai’s help, we are now given an insider’s look at how and why this movement is multiplying so rapidly. The book also includes real life examples and case studies of how T4T is multiplying new churches and groups in Asia, the Muslim world, and the U.S.

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Planting Churches in the 21st Century

Planting Churches in the 21st Century

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What does church planting look like in the 21st century? Is the goal to plant more churches or is it to plant new kinds of churches? In Planting Churches in the 21st Century, Stuart Murray suggests that church planting isn’t just about numbers–it’s about the renewal of the church and the development of new ways of being the church that are biblically rooted and contextually appropriate. With his gift for posing thought-provoking questions while writing in a clear, logical style, Murray provides stimulation and challenge to anyone who wants to see new churches come into being. But don’t look here for stereotypes and ready-made blueprints; Murray’s approach is open-ended and leaves ample room for personal reflection and creative responses.

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LifeWay Research Study Reveals Church Planting in U.S. is Bigger Than Previously Realized


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Nashville, Tenn. (Vocus) November 15, 2007

Denominational growth in America has reached a plateau and in many cases has declined, but one would get the wrong idea to think the evangelical church is dying in the United States. A recent study finds just the opposite.

Dallas-based Leadership Network, in cooperation with the director of LifeWay Research , has uncovered striking changes in the number and type of new churches started in the United States. These developments promise profound cultural implications for the future.

“While much of the North American church is in decline, a surprising number and increasingly diverse group of new churches are being started in innovative ways,” said Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research, the research arm of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. “These churches are causing many Americans to reconsider churches they have rejected and to re-think what church is. I anticipate that as cultures change, through the inevitable shift of time, migration, and other means, even more churches will be born that reach people from these new cultural contexts.”

The “State of Church Planting USA” study was based on interviews with more than 100 denominational leaders (representing dozens of different denominations), 200 church-planting churches and some 45 church planting networks (The four-part study including a podcast can be downloaded at www.leadnet.org/churchplanting). Stetzer headed up the project and reported that the results surprised him in many respects.

“Church planting has grown in its scope, diversity and impact,” Stetzer said. “North American churches, networks and denominations are making church planting a growing priority. Such emphases push the church closer toward a movement – where churches plant churches that plant churches across North America and the world.”

Dave Travis, managing director at Leadership Network, observed, “Most church-planting studies tend to look at either a very narrow slice of church planting or developments on a global scale. In commissioning this study, our goal was to review the current state of U.S. church-planting efforts and begin to assess what today’s reality means for the next generation of planters.”

Key findings of the six-months-long effort include the following:

1.    Interest is growing rapidly. The pace of church planting has accelerated dramatically in recent years. For example, a simple Google search on the term “church planting” now returns over one million hits. And, while only two mainstream books were published on church planting from 1996 to 2002, no fewer than 10 have been released in the last five years, with several more on the horizon. Equally important, church planting has now become a preferred ministry option, not a consolation prize – denominations and individual churches report that many of their “best and brightest” leaders are pursuing church planting as a primary ministry focus.

2.    Local churches and church planting networks are driving the charge. Historically, church planting has been a denominationally driven activity. Today, the picture is quite different – with much of the energy centered at the local level. Many of the country’s most vibrant congregations see church planting as one of their central purposes. “Church-planting networks” – loose affiliations of churches that may or may not be tied by denomination but do share a commitment to launching new, like-minded congregations – are also at the forefront of the movement. As a result, denominational offices are increasingly taking a subordinate role – equipping rather than directing local congregational efforts.

3.    “Affinity” strategies dominate. Church planters once based their efforts on geography – the goal was to place new churches in “unserved” communities and areas. Today’s church planters are much more sophisticated. As Travis noted, “Through this study, we learned that most successful church planters today are specialists who emphasize a particular style of worship or a specific demographic. For example, they may exclusively plant house churches or ethnic churches – or perhaps build purpose-driven, seeker or missional churches. And the trend toward specialization is likely to continue as more tools and resources that serve specific types of planting strategies are developed.”

4.    Survival and success are markedly greater than realized. Observers have long assumed that most church plants fail within the first year – as many as 80-90 percent, by some estimates. Research reveals a very different picture – suggesting that 68 percent of the roughly 4,000 churches planted each year are still functioning four years later. These baby churches may not yet be self-sufficient, but the congregations themselves are alive and many are thriving.

What do these results mean for the future of the U.S. church? According to Travis, “I am hopeful that this study and the growing number of outstanding church planting conferences and resources will inspire a new wave of planters in the years ahead. That would be very good news indeed. Launching vibrant new congregations is often a more feasible and more fruitful strategy than attempting to revitalize struggling congregations.”

Leadership Network has created four free reports that summarize different aspects of this groundbreaking study:

    Church Planting Overview
    Who Starts New Churches?
    Funding New Churches
    Improving the Health and Survivability of New Churches

All can be downloaded at www.leadnet.org/churchplanting. A 25-minute podcast interview of Dave Travis and Ed Stetzer is also available as a free download at www.leadnet.org/podcasts.

About LifeWay Research: LifeWay Research is a department of LifeWay Christian Resources and exists for the purpose of assisting and equipping church leaders with insight and advice that will lead to greater levels of church health and effectiveness. Additional studies can be found at www.lifewayresearch.com. Contact Chris Turner, media relations manager, LifeWay Christian Resources, to arrange an interview with Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research.

About Leadership Network: Based in Dallas, Texas, Leadership Network is a non-profit public charity that fosters church innovation and growth in furtherance of its far-reaching mission to identify, connect and help high-capacity Christian leaders multiply their impact. Church planting is one of many areas in which the organization works. For more on Leadership Network, see www.leadnet.org , www.halftime.org and www.successtosignificance.com or contact Rick Long at 1.800.477.6698 x102 or rlong @ sourcepub.com.

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Chris Turner, Media Relations Manager

chris.turner @ lifeway.com

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Closing the Gap through Church Planting in South Africa

Closing the Gap through Church Planting in South Africa

After 30 plus turbulent years under apartheid, South Africa held its first national democratic elections in 1994. Under the rule of the previously all white government, the political and economic gap between whites and the black majority had expanded at a rapid rate. Now, though racially motivated laws have been repealed, the black population continues to struggle in getting back on their feet.


To assist in the recovery process, the government of South Africa has set up several mini villages outside of urban areas. These settlements are a long way from glamorous. In fact, according to the Director of African Ministries, residents are on the edge of survival. He says, This is a new kind of hunting and gathering society with evidence of this in the houses and on the streets, in the clothing they wear, or often the lack thereof.


But at least these settlements are allowing people, who were previously residing illegally on the property of others, to have land they can call their own.


In the midst of these small budget villages, God is opening big opportunity doors. Trained South African Christians are establishing evangelical churches in these brand new, unreached communities. As the physically and spiritually deprived pour in, church planters are sharing the hope of the Gospel with them.


Its not an easy task for church planters to reach a group that has been neglected for so long. Faced with unemployment and hunger, its hard for many to look beyond their circumstances. South Africas church planting coordinator says that they are asked, If Jesus loves me, why I am like this? He responds, God loves us, even in our poverty. And he can change our lives.

Over the course of time, church planters continue to share this message through their actions and through Gods Word. One by one, the impoverished of South Africa are coming to know the spiritual wealth of a life in Christ. And slowly but surely, Christs Church is growing in these shantytowns.


Its not just among the poor that Christs Church is growing. Bible trained workers are laboring faithfully to establish new churches throughout South Africa, in areas where there was no previous evangelical presence.


Bible trained church planters are succeeding in their endeavor for two reasons. First, they are founding churches on the basis of Gods Word. While churches are plentiful in this country, many neglect the teachings of the Bible. God is blessing the work of church planters who point Africans to the Truth.


Moreover, South African church planters are succeeding because they use a strong relational approach in ministry. Many of them continue to work in normal jobs, even after they have completed church planter training. Through everyday conversations, church planters are building evangelistic bridges to their co workers.

Remember South Africa in your prayers. While many steps are being taken forward, this country has a long way to go towards healing. Poverty abounds, racial tensions remain, and millions still dont understand what it means to have Jesus as their Savior.


But through Gods grace, and through peoples prayers, it might only be a matter of time before everything changes.

john savage is director of Bible Network and more stories can be read by Clicking Here

Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide for New Churches and Those Desiring Renewal

Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide for New Churches and Those Desiring Renewal

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If the church is to thrive in the twenty-first century, it will have to take on a new form as it ministers to the 120 million unchurched people in the United States. Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century is still virtually the only available text on church planting in North America and beyond. In this third edition, readers will find material on the importance of healthy, biblical change in our churches, updated appendixes, insight on our postmodern ministry context, and strategies for reaching new population demographics such as Generations X and Y. Pastors, ministry leaders, and church planters will find the information and advice found in this book invaluable as they carry out their ministries.

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Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide for New Churches and Those Desiring Renewal

Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide for New Churches and Those Desiring Renewal

If the church is to thrive in the twenty-first century, it will have to take on a new form as it ministers to the 120 million unchurched people in the United States. Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century is still virtually the only available text on church planting in North America and beyond. In this third edition, readers will find material on the importance of healthy, biblical change in our churches, updated appendixes, insight on our postmodern ministry context, and strategies for reaching new population demographics such as Generations X and Y. Pastors, ministry leaders, and church planters will find the information and advice found in this book invaluable as they carry out their ministries.

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