Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Student Church Planting 101: Reading Assignment

Roger and I talked today. We realized that we need to give some direction to the many students (and curious adults) who visit our blog each day. It's not enough just to talk about and promote Student Church Planting. We also need the "education factor." Since it will be several months before we will be able to offer a Mission M Possible Training Event, we thought it might be a good idea to refer our readers to some resources that will be helpful in preparing someone for a ministry in Church Planting.

So ... let's begin with the basics. Before you delve too deeply into the subject of Church Planting, it would be best to gain a better biblical understanding of missions in general. I think a great place to start is by reading The Acts 1:8 Challenge by Nate Adams. Though it is not written specifically for a youth audience, the book is very engaging and readable. High school students should have no trouble understanding the content of this book.

Obviously, The Acts 1:8 Challenge is a detailed look at Jesus' missions geography (Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, Ends of the Earth) in Acts 1:8. Adams effectively connects each geographical principle to our modern church context. He also includes a "Church-Planting Principles" section in each chapter, thus integrating Church Planting within the overall mandade that Jesus gave the church in Acts 1:8.

The Acts 1:8 Challenge is a great read ... and it's a great place to begin your studies in Student Church Planting. Read it, and let me know what you think. If you need a copy, you can get one for less than two bucks (used, of course) at amazon.com!

Has anyone out there in the blogging world read this book? Let me know what you think. Share your "book review" by leaving a comment.


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