Following my recommendations for books on evangelism, I was asked for my top three books on missiology and church planting. It’s a tough one as it often depends what the issue is. I’ve not quite managed to keep it to three, but here are some thoughts …
[All the links are to my US store. UK readers can find the books linked in my UK store.]
1. Part one of The Missionary Movement in Christian History by Andrew Walls is essential reading.
2. Transforming Mission by David Bosch is the classic text book.
3. I would also recommend The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Lesslie Newbigin.
4. Although nearly 100 years old, Roland Allen’s Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? still feels ahead of its time! Some recent reading I’ve done on church planting movement only confirms this.
5. Perhaps I can also add my own Good News to the Poor.
1. I would of course start with Total Church by Steve Timmis and me.
3. One of the books that most influenced me was Going to the Church in the First Century, Robert Banks’ brief fictional account (albeit based on his through NT scholarship) of, well, going to church in the first century.
4. Also worth reading, and available free online, is a summary of David Garrison’swork of church planting movements.