Planting Churches in the Real World is written by Dr. Joel Rainey, Director of Missions for the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association, a network of more than 50 evangelical churches located in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area.
has been involved in planting more than 30 churches, and trains church planters nationally and internationally.
lives in central Maryland with his
wife and their two sons.
paints a picture of reality, including both the difficulties involved in starting a new church, and the evidence that planting a church is worth enduring those difficulties.
If you are a planter drunk with vision, this will sober you up.
But, it is more than that.
It also shows that church plants make a difference whether they are thousands or dozens after the first year.
I've known Joel
for years, and he
tells the stories from his
own journey- telling lessons he
learned the hard way.
amuses the reader with countless stories of life on the field.
During a time when starting a church can be faddish, Rainey's
work is a dose of both Biblical wisdom and common sense that will stop many would-be church planters before a frustrating failure, and direct many others onward toward biblical success."
has captured the reality and yet the incredible potential of church planting.