The Craft of Church Planting
Exploring the Lost Wisdom of Apprenticeship
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Drawing on insights from the training practices of the English medieval craft guilds, a global survey of 500 church planters, interviews with artists and church planting trainers and the authors’ 30 years of ministry experience, The Craft of Church Planting offers a distinctive and imaginative perspective on the methods used to train future practitioners in the art of church planting.
Demonstrating how training for the next generation of church planting leaders might be informed by the historic master-apprentice model, guild learning communities, creativity and an artisan approach to ministry, this book is a vital resource to inform the methods of training for the next generation of church planters.
"Fascinating and inspiring! Using the metaphor of craftsmanship keeps us person-centred, like Jesus and the apostles, not programme-centred, as we too often become. Reading Christian's words has shed fresh light for me on biblical norms and helped sharpen my own disciple-making practices" -- Paul Harcourt, National Leader, New Wine England
"As a church planter, educator, trainer and mentor, Christian is ideally qualified to write this book. He has coached and discipled hundreds of leaders and enabled the planting of many churches. This book introduces church planting as a craft to be learned, skilfully used and passed on for others to multiply the craft. If we ever create a Guild of Church Planters, Christian will be one of its master craftsmen." -- Ric Thorpe