Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch

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Starting a church from scratch? Start here! This is no typical church planting or church growth book. The authors, both pastors at The Journey Church of the City in Manhattan, offer specific strategies for beginning a church from scratch, based on their own experiences in launching a church with no members, no money and no staff and watched membership skyrocket to more than a thousand people in three years!  They offer clear, practical how to strategies for quickly raising funds, creating a team, planning services, effective evangelism and rapidly developing a growing membership. Specific advice is included for reaching that often difficult to target demographic, the 20 to 40 year old. You will also get an insider’s look at The Journey Church of the City as a model for church planting. The helpful strategies here will help you remove many of the barriers, questions and doubts encountered in starting a church from scratch. If these principles work in NYC, they will work for you!

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Thinking about starting a church but feel like everything is stacked against you? Let authors Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas, both pastors at The Journey Church of the City, offer you specific strategies for beginning a church—from scratch. As true practitioners, they launched a New York City church with no members, no money and no staff, and then watched membership skyrocket to more than a thousand people in three years! How did they do it? You’ll discover clear, proven strategies for planning services, building a team, raising funds, doing evangelism and rapidly developing a growing membership. Specific advice is included for reaching that often difficult-to-target demographic, the 20- to 40-year-old. You’ll also get an insider’s look at The Journey Church of the City as a model for church planting. Let this be your toolkit to begin building a healthy, growing church—from scratch!


About the Author:

NELSON SEARCY is the founding pastor of The Journey Church of the City in New York City, which he and his wife, Kelley, began from scratch in 2002 and now has more than a thousand members. He has personally trained more than a thousand church planters through his seminars, and is the publisher of Evangelism Online, an Internet resource for pastors. Prior to starting The Journey, he was the founding director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church, with more than 5,000 member churches and a key architect for Rick Warren’s Pastors.com. KERRICK THOMAS is a teaching pastor at The Journey Church of the City in New York City. Thomas, who received his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, regularly co-leads training events with Nelson Searcy.


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