This book tells the story of the revitalization of Guilford Baptist Church in northern Virginia. Weaving together scripture and biblical principles with humor and personal anecdotes, author Michael McKinley asserts that a pastor's faithful exposition of God's Word, passion for sharing the gospel, and care in the training of other godly leaders are more important than the size of his church.
McKinley honestly shares his own fears and rookie mistakes, along with encouraging stories of how God moved at Guilford Baptist. We are reminded that God uses weak and fearful pastors in plants and revitalizations; church planting is indeed for "wimps." For pastors and seminarians considering a church plant and those already struggling in their own fledgling congregations, this book is a thoughtful and encouraging resource.
Introduction: Justify Your Existence
- Church Planting?Slightly Preferable to Unemployment
- So, How Exactly Does One Plant a Church?
- One Thing Is Necessary
- Cleaning Out the Sheaves
- God Always Gets His Way
- How to Ruin Everything
- No Offense, but You’re Doing Everything Wrong
- Redefine Extraordinary
Appendix 1: Church Planting Memo Prepared by Mark
Dever for the Elders at CHBC
Appendix 2: Men’s Discipleship Training Syllabus: Grace Community Church (Ashburn, Virginia)