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There are a lot of good materials out there for the church planter to learn from. Success is not guaranteed just by reading a few good books, but you can plan better and avoid common pitfalls. Ultimately, no matter how well you prepare, church planting is a spiritual endeavor requiring spiritual tools. The planter would be wise to concentrate efforts in this area.

This annotated list of books is not a comprehensive bibliography, rather it contains some of the better material that is readily available. What's the use of listing a book if readers can get their hands on it? Books are listed under topics, some under several topics.

In most cases we've added links directly to so that you can purchase it, new or used. If a book is not available through, we give an address or phone number of where to get it. If you would like to recommend a resource send us an e-mail.

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A Few Featured Books

Starting a New Church: The Church Planter's Guide to Success
by Ralph Moore
The book we've all been waiting for! After 20 years of church planting in Hawaii, Japan and the US Ralph Moore has put his extensive experience in a book. Read and learn!

Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age
by Ed Stetze
Ed Stetzer lays out a case for missional church planting and then describes the process to plant healthy new churches. He combines the theological and the practical in one book. The book looks at cultures and how to reach persons in those cultures through the tools within the cultures themselves. It also provides a new look at emerging trends in churches reaching postmoderns. Then, it provides step by step instructions about how to plant churches in today's world.

Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them
Thom S. Rainer
Reaching non-churched people - the unreached - is our challenge. This book gives insights, ideas, and methods for ministering to these people.

Coaching Across Cultures: New Tools for Leveraging National, Corporate, and Professional Differences
Philippe Rosinski
Many find themselves coaching people from another culture, whether it is a ethnic, national or mearly organizational difference. This book gives a coach a grid to work from in understanding and coaching across cultures.

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