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An "Expanded List" of Books for Missional Church Planters

  • Mark Driscoll
  • Oct 1, 2006
  • Series: Administration


Disclaimer: The following books comprise a brief list of resources that we have found helpful for our church planters. In endorsing each of these books we are not saying that we agree on every point, but rather find the book as a whole helpful. Some of the authors that our planters gravitate toward include members of our Acts 29 board such as Mark Driscoll and Ed Stetzer, along with current writers such as Ravi Zacharias, Tim Keller, John Piper, DA Carson, Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware, Leon Morris, Alister McGrath, and John Frame. A previous generation of writers we like includes Francis Schaeffer, JI Packer, and John Stott. We also like a lot of dead guys, including the Puritans.

Expanded Reading List:

Apologetics to the Glory of God, John Frame purchase
Jesus Under Fire, J.P. Moreland, Editor purchase
Scaling The Secular City, J.P. Moreland purchase
Classical Apologetics, Sproul, Gerstner, Lindsley purchase
The Defense of the Faith, Cornelius Van Til purchase
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis purchase
Christianity on Trial, Vincent Caroll, purchase

The Canon, F.F. Bruce purchase

Church Government
Biblical Eldership, Alexander Strauch purchase
Elders and Leaders, Gene Getz purchase
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever purchase
Confessions of a Reformission, Rev. Mark Driscoll purchase  

Church History
Church History in Plain Language, Bruce Shelley purchase

Church in Postmodernity
Above all Earthly Pow'rs, David Wells purchase
The Gagging of God, DA Carson purchase

Church Planting Resources
44 Questions for Church Planters, Lyle E. Schaller purchase
Church Planting for a Greater Harvest: A Comprehensive Guide, C. Peter Wagner and Francis A. Sullivan purchase
Cities: Missions' New Frontier, Roger S. Greenway and Timothy M. Monsma purchase
Creating Communities of the Kingdom: New Testament Models of Church Planting, David W. Shenk and Ervin R. Stutzman purchase
God's Missionary People: Rethinking the Purpose of the Local Church, Charles Van Engen purchase
Missionary Methods: St. Paul's or Ours?, Roland Allen purchase
Natural Church Development: A Guide to Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches, Christian A. Schwarz purchase
Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century, Aubrey Malphurs and Joe Aldrich purchase
Church Planting From the Ground Up, Tom Jones purchase
Planting Missional Churches, Ed Stetzer purchase
Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age, Ed Stetzer purchase
Starting a New Church, Ralph Moore purchase

Christian Life
Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton purchase
The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer purchase
Desiring God, John Piper purchase
The Pleasures of God, John Piper purchase
A Long Obedience In The Same Direction, Eugene Peterson purchase

The Cross
The Cross of Christ, John Stott purchase
The Cross and Salvation, Bruce Demarest purchase
The Atonement, Leon Morris purchase
The Glory of the Atonement, Hill, James, and Nicole purchase

Kingdom of the Cults, Walter Martin purchase
The Challenge of the Cults and the New Religions, Ron Rhodes purchase
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, & World Religions, George Mather purchase

Emerging Church
Perimeters of Light, Ed Stetzer purchase
Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, DA Carson purchase

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism, John Piper and Wayne Grudem purchase
Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth, Wayne Grudem purchase

Getting the Message, Daniel Doriani purchase
Is There Meaning In the Text, Kevin Vanhoozer purchase

Historical Theology
Christian Theology: An Introduction, Alister E. McGrath purchase
The Case for Faith, Lee Strobel purchase
The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel purchase

Marriage & Family
Shepherding A Child's Heart, Ted Tripp purchase
Intimate Issues, Linda Dillow (Women) purchase
A Celebration of Sex: A Guide to Enjoying God's Gift of Sexual Intimacy, Douglas Rosenau purchase

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, Leslie Newbigin purchase
The Open Secret, Leslie Newbigin purchase
The Church Between Gospel and Culture, George Hunsberger purchase
Truth and Authority in Modernity (Christian Mission and Modern Culture), Leslie Newbigin purchase
The Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church, Darrell Guder purchase
Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper purchase
God is the Gospel, John Piper purchase
Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome, Rodney Stark purchase
Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission, David Bosch purchase
The Radical Reformission, Mark Driscoll purchase
Breaking the Missional Code, Ed Stetzer purchase

Pastoral Ministry
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter purchase
The Contemplative Pastor, Eugene Peterson purchase
Five Smooth Stones For Pastoral Work, Eugene Peterson purchase
Working The Angles, Eugene Peterson purchase
Pastoral Ministry, John MacArthur purchase
Pastoral Counseling, John MacArthur purchase
The Unity Factor, Larry Osborne purchase
Spurgeon's Lectures to My Students, Charles Spurgeon purchase
Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, John Piper purchase
The Stain that Stays: The Church's Response to the Sexual Misconduct of its Leaders, John Armstrong purchase 

Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture, Graeme Goldsworthy purchase
Light and Heat: The Puritan View of the Pulpit, Bruce Bickel purchase
Christ Centered Preaching, Bryan Chapell purchase

Spiritual Disciplines
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Don Whitney purchase

Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem purchase
Integrative Theology, Gordon Lewis & Bruce Demarest purchase

Western Culture
Bowling Alone : The Collapse and Revival of American Community, Robert Putnam purchase
The Fourth Turning, William Strauss and Neil Howe purchase
The Cultural Creatives : How 50 Million People Are Changing the World, Sherry Ruth Anderson and Paul H. Ray purchase
Soul Searching, Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton purchase

World Religions
Jesus Among other Gods, Ravi Zacharias purchase
Christianity at the Religious Roundtable, Tenent purchase

Unceasing Worship, Harold Best purchase
Worship in Spirit and Truth, John Frame purchase
Worship by the Book, D.A. Carson purchase