GENERAL RESOURCES AND BOOKS
Getting Started – A Practical Guide to House Church Planting
Edited by Felicity Dale
You can use this manual by yourself, in a small group, or in a larger seminar style setting. It is the basis of the Luke 10 Training offered by House2House.
We all recognize that it would be ludicrous to think nailing a steeple to the roof of a house would make it a house church. However, many of us take what we’ve seen happen in church buildings our whole lives and duplicate it in our living room and call it a church. Simply church is not really about a change of location-it’s about a change in the way we do church. This practical guide will help you change the way you view church and church planting.
Simply Church by Tony and Felicity Dale
Get ready to change the way you view church! Have you ever read about the early church in the New Testament, and longed for that kind of meeting with other believers? The early church spread and spread, and touched lives everywhere- do you ever wish that you had more power to change your community? Do you want to follow the Great Commission, to “GO”, but don’t know how?
In this book, Tony and Felicity explore some dynamic trends in society and church that are pushing Believers into simpler ways of doing church. It gets back to the basics by bringing it all back to the Lord-it’s Simply Church.
Church Planting Movements, from the International Mission Board
A provocative book suggesting that it is possible to create church planting movements (rapidly expanding movements of new churches, where churches plant churches, that then plant other churches & so on). It gives common characteristics, including having no ordained clergy, no paid staff, meeting in houses etc.
The Shaping of Things to Come, by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch (Australia). –
Challenges existing church theories & methods, & discusses how to be missional church.
Liquid Church by Pete Ward
A great book about the emerging church – particularly how to bring relevance back into traditional wineskins.
Houses that Change the World: The Return of the House Churches, written by Wolfgang Simson.
Sowing, Reaping, Keeping by Laurence Singlehurst (sensitive evangelism)
A great book that I wish I had written.
The Church Comes Home, by Robert and Julia Banks.
The Open Church, by James H. Rutz
How to bring back the exciting life of the first century Church.
Rethinking the Wineskin, by Frank Viola (the practice of the New Testament Church).
Reimagining Church, by Frank Viola
A comprehensive development and expansion of his earlier book, Rethinking the Wineskin. Challenging and informative.
Being Church Where We Live, by Ron McKenzie
A kiwi in Christchurch demonstrates how it is possible to be an effective house church.
(Learn to Dance the) Soul Salsa, by Leonard Sweet
Surprising steps for godly living in the 21st Century.