Missional House Churches: Reaching Our Communities with the Gospel, By J. D. Payne
Missional House Churches
  • Length: 197 pages
  • Published: March 01, 2008
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 5706
  • ISBN: 9780830857067

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Missional House Churches examines the impact and effect that house churches are having in the United States in evangelizing, discipling, and church planting in local communities. Based on the author's first-hand research and interviews with over thirty missional house churches as well as his own experiences, this insightful work offers an inside look at, and analysis of the workings of the missional house church.

Topics addressed include the recent growth in the popularity of house churches in the United States, what defines church, various characteristics of the house churches, methods of evangelism and leadership development which lead to growth, use of financial resources for missions and benevolence, future of house churches in North America and the relationship of church planting movements and house churches. The appendices describe the research methodology and surveys used in the study as well as characteristics of church planting movements.

This book will be of interest to church leaders, mission-minded thinkers, and students who wish to explore, understand, and participate in this phenomenon of the missional house church movement.


Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 What Is the C/church Anyway? 17
Chapter 2 Meet the Missional House Churches 45
Chapter 3 Church Growth and Missional House Churches 67
Chapter 4 Money and Missional House Churches 93
Chapter 5 The Future of Missional House Churches 115
Chapter 6 Church Planting Movements and Missional House Churches 133
Appendix 1 Research Methodology 165
Appendix 2 Phase I: Web-based Questionnaire 169
Appendix 3 Phase II: Phone Survey Questionnaire for North American Churches with Both Baptisms and Church Plants 173
Appendix 4 Common Characteristics of Every Church Planting Movement 181
Appendix 5 Characteristics of Most Church Planting Movements 183
Notes 185


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J. D. Payne

J. D. Payne (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a writer, speaker, church planter and currently serves as the pastor of church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He previously served with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and as an associate professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he directed the Center for North American Missions and Church Planting. J. D. has written extensively in the areas of missions, evangelism and church growth and he speaks frequently for churches, networks, conferences and mission agencies. He is the author of books such as Missional House Churches, The Barnabas Factors, Discovering Church Planting, Strangers Next Door, Kingdom Expressions and Pressure Points. In addition to these works, he and Mark Terry coauthored Developing a Strategy for Missions and he coedited Missionary Methods with Craig Ott. J. D. has pastored five churches in Kentucky and Indiana and has worked with four church planting teams. He formerly served as the executive vice president for administration for the Evangelical Missiological Society and as the book review editor for the Great Commission Research Journal. He and his wife Sarah and their three children live in Birmingham, Alabama.