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The following books are helpful for church planting in specific countries or people groups. Some of the books are not specifically church planting. Many of the cultural or historical studies are not by Christian authors, but are helpful in gaining background on the culture.

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China's Christian Millions: The Costly Revival
Tony Lambert
Perhaps the best book to understand what has been happening in China the past few decades in general, and specifically in the past ten years. Written in 1999, the book is loaded with facts, stories and statistics that give a complete picture of the Three Self Church and the House Church.

Witnesses to Power: Stories of God's Quiet Work in a Changing China
Tetsunao Yamamori & Kim-kwong Chan
Resent history of the Church in China told through true stories of Chinese believers. This is a balanced look at church planting in China.

Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power
David Aikman
[From the cover] In Jesus in Beijing, David Aikman recounts the fascinating story of how Christianity began in China (even predating Francis Xavier and the Jesuits), the bloody anti-Christian persecutions (especially under the Communists), the revival of an underground Christian movement led by brave men and women rising death, and the flowering of Christianity today-though still under persecution.

While China's Communist rulers hope to reap the social and economic benefits of Christianity without losing power, as David Aikman so provocatively points out, the Chinese dragon might just be tamed by the Christian lamb. Few books change the way a reader views the world. Jesus in Beijing is one of those books.


Multiplying Churches: Reaching Today's Communities Through Church Planting
Stephen Timmis, ed.
A thoughtful series of articles on the background, challenges and principles of church planting today. Though not specifically about England, all the writers are from that context.

Mission-Shaped Church
Rowan Williams (Foreword)

Church Planting: Laying Foundations
Stuart Murray, J. Nelson Kraybill
Not many books get beyond the "how to" of church planting to examine the eccesiastical foundations these church plants are built on, this book does. The authors make a valuable contribution to church planting "thinking," which in the hands of someone working through these ideas should produce better churches.


Civil Islam: Muslims and Democratization in Indonesia
Robert W. Hefner
Background on the on the development of democracy in an Islamic context.

Varieties of Javanese Religion: An Anthropological Account
Andrew Beatty
The most comprehensive study of Javanese religion since Clifford Geertz's classic study in 1960.

Inside Indonesian Society: Cultural Change in Java
Niels Mulder
Cultural study of Javanese, specifically people from the Yogya area. Good chapter on Javanese leadership style.

Indonesian People Profiles: Unreached people groups
127 people groups profiled with a photo and map from the largest Muslim nation in the world. T
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Back to Jerusalem: Church Planting Movements in the Holy Land
Ray Register
Church planting in Israel.


Overcoming Spiritual Barriers in Japan
Keith Webb
Examines spiritual issues related to ministry in Japan. An excellent analysis of the challenges and what to do about them.


Growing Churches Singapore Style: Ministry in an urban context
Keith Hinton
Looking for the background on why the Church in Singapore has grown so tremendously in the past decade? This book is for you. Published by OMF.

Asian Tigers for Christ: The Dynamic Growth of the Church in South East Asia
Michael Green
Green's take on the explosive growth of the Anglican church. He examines factors such as leadership, understanding of the Holy Spirit, cell groups and church planting.

United States of America

See the pages on North American church planting and contextual church planting.

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