Planting Churches Cross-Culturally, 2nd Edition

North America and Beyond

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"I would highly recommend this book, not only to cross-cultural church planters but people everywhere who love the church and want to make a significant contribution to the extension of God's kingdom."--Bruce Aulie, Evangelical Missions Quarterly

Ministry training often emphasizes expanding on the work of existing ministries to the neglect of addressing the difficulties of planting new churches in North America and around the world. This volume provides a practical, thorough, biblical, and inspirational corrective.

Incorporating relevant sociological, anthropological, and historical insights, Hesselgrave extrapolates ten phases of cross-cultural church planting that are faithful to Jesus' commandment to make disciples and to Paul's missionary example.

Pastors and college- and seminary-level church growth courses have used the first edition of this text for nearly twenty years. This second edition draws on more recent literature, offers refined arguments, and highlights Paul's ministry pattern. In addition, many charts, graphs, and forms bolster Hesselgrave's skillful description of effective cross-cultural church planting.

The Author

  1. David F. Hesselgrave

    David F. Hesselgrave

    David J. Hesselgrave (1924-2018) served as professor of mission and director of the School of World Mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He was a past president of the Evangelical Missiological Society and authored several books, including...

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"Planting Churches Cross-Culturally provides a sound introduction to the church-planting process, making potential missionaries and church leaders aware of the pitfalls and opportunities that await any new church. It will benefit those church leaders interested in starting a new fellowship of believers in their own community and globally."--World Christian