Just finished Darrin Patrick’s book, Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission. In three sections this book discusses the man who plants, his message,and his mission. The book is a general exhortation. If you are looking for specifics on how to church plant, this is not the book to buy. However, if you are looking for solid advice on what kind of man is a successful church planter, the content of his preaching, and the character of his mission, you can do no better than this book.
Especially helpful was the chapter about the leaders dependence, the importance of preaching sin and idolatry, and the chapter on contextualization. The chapter on contextualization might be the best discussion of that subject that I have encountered to this date.
If you plan to plant a church, or be involved in a church plant, this book is must reading. Here is a favorite quote. “The whole of our ministry as Christian pastors must be characterized by the supernatural—that is, by what is not possible without God’s help, by what we are unable to do through our natural abilities.”…Bill Farley