For example Keller in the Redeemer Church Planting Manual argues:
“Virtually all the great evangelistic challenges of the New Testament are basically calls to plant churches, not simply to share faith. The Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20) is not just a call to make disciples but to baptize. In Acts and elsewhere, it is clear that baptism means incorporation into a worshiping community with accountability and boundaries.”
This usually involves discussions around ecclesiology and missiology. Murray Stuart’s Church Planting: Laying foundations is a good example
This often includes an overview of the Pauline programme of church planting, references to the Celtic Missionaries, Reformers, 18th and 19th century protestant heroes and more recently C. Donald McGavran's work.
This often includes:
- Observations about the stultification of the current churches and leadership, for example Al Stewart's ACL address or the Trellis and the Vine.
- Observations that variously describe the gap between church members and their local communities. These observations are made using the frameworks of philosophical enquiry and or social and behavioural sciences. This includes world views, gender, ethnicity, generation gaps…
- Observations about the lack of church growth for example in Australia:
o Between 1991-2001 (even with the growth in the AOG churches) Protestant churches in Australia declined by 6% and Australian church attendance declined, by 3%
o In 1991 - one church for every 1561 people in Australia
o In 2006 (estimated) – one church for ever 2054 people,
I have noticed that much of the emergent church material is driven by these observations.
The oft quoted pragmatist Wagner is a good example:
The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches. (Wagner, “Church Planting For a Greater Harvest,” Page 7.)
In addition to this there is lots of how to material.
Just wondering if I have missed anything? Comments?