• Church Plantology

  • The Art and Science of Planting Churches
  • By: Peyton Jones, Ed Stetzer
  • Narrated by: Jon Gauger
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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The first comprehensive textbook on effective church planting from a veteran church planter.

The Apostle Paul was a veteran church planter who "laid a foundation like a wise and master builder", and there is much we can learn from his example. Paul indicated that there were basic skills and experiences required to successfully plant a church. Church Plantology examines the wide variety of church planting methods and ideologies in contemporary pastoral practice and outlines a biblical model based on the New Testament.

During his time in prison, Paul spent much of his time writing to Titus, Timothy, and others who'd served alongside him in the trenches to complete their training as church plantings. We can continue to apply these time-tested, proven methods, following the pioneering example of the early church.

Today, the casualty rate in is high. What if we could reduce the odds of failing? Church Plantology by Peyton Jones is a robust guide to planting that will help planters to provide the foundation necessary to survive beyond the initial first years so that they don't end up a walking statistic.

Graphics and reflection questions are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Peyton Jones (P)2021 Zondervan

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Fantastic book!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have both the written copy and audio book. Incredible content, presented in an engaging, fun, and palatable way. I highly recommend!

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The #1 absolute best of all time

I had to be redundant to even begin to explain how game changing this book is for anyone involved in a church plant. Everything you need to know about what the Bible says about church planting and statistics and tips from experienced planters and so much more! I really hope to see this assigned as a textbook in seminaries and bible colleges around the globe.

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Great Resource

The best church planting book in less than 500 pages available. Get ready to be convicted and encouraged at the same time.

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Let's start planting & not just starting churches!

Peyton Jones puts his years of experience and Bible study to good use in this massive undertaking. He writes a textbook that doesn’t read like a textbook though it is well laid out and covers lots of topics. Instead, it flows like an adventure movie that he invites the reader to be immersed in. It’s like a 3-D movie that requires you to put on the special glasses that you get from him as you walk into the theater. But when you walk out you realize that you now see in a new way and the 3-D effect is permanently in your brain, if you walk away and put this into practice.

And you know how so many writers give you what you really need to know in the first chapter or so and you could almost stop there and move on to another book? Well, Peyton gives you plenty in the early chapters to think about and put into practice but then he just keeps giving you more and more good stuff.

From the practical distinction between church planting vs. church starting to the necessity of gathering and pouring into a team and in fact teams, the book brings more and more truth home from the scripture using all of the Bible but in particular the exploits of the Holy Spirit through church planting apostle Paul.

So many stories and principles and history of church planting movements from Paul to the present are presented and yet Peyton Jones won’t let it go with all of that. He calls us to take all that has preceded us and do what is required of us today. He leads us to look at others and network together to do more than we could ever do alone. But again in this, he doesn’t just present an idea, he gives us ways to look and actually do this.

The narrator is excellent as he adds just the right vocal expressions along the way. A PDF of insights and questions to consider is a helpful download along with the audiobook.

Peyton Jones is a gift to the world, the church, and those who get to take in some of what he has learned so far. Church Plantology is exceptional. Now it’s up to us, the readers and listeners, to write the next chapters.

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Good read even better listen


Peyton has done a masterful job weaving the New Testament narratives of Paul’s missionary journeys, letters to the churches he started, and what it looks like to be a church planter today.
This book is filled with Peyton’s wit and grasp of cultural references of today. He uses those skills to pull you in and then challenges what you think you know about church planting.
I get to spend significant time equipping others to train church planters. I will be looking for opportunities to incorporate Peyton’s work into the training I lead.

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not just another jump school

Real walk through church planting. Not a how to but rather a spirit lead walk through church planting.