Church Planting is For Wimps

May 14, 2010

Church Planting is For Wimps is the story of a church's revitalization counters a common conception that a church's size determines its health and points pastors to the faithful ministry of God's Word.

This latest addition to the IXMarks series tells the story of the revitalization of Guilford Baptist Church in northern Virginia. Weaving together scripture and biblical principles with humor and personal anecdotes, author Michael McKinley, WTS MDiv 2004, asserts that a pastor's faithful exposition of God's Word, passion for sharing the gospel, and care in the training of other godly leaders are more important than the size of his church.

McKinley honestly shares his own fears and rookie mistakes, along with encouraging stories of how God moved at Guilford Baptist. We are reminded that God uses weak and fearful pastors in plants and revitalizations; church planting is indeed for "wimps." For pastors and seminarians considering a church plant and those already struggling in their own fledgling congregations, this book is a thoughtful and encouraging resource.

Pastor Mike's BIOMike McKinley

Mike McKinley serves as the Pastor of Guilford Baptist Church, a church plant from Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Sterling, VA. He recently spoke at the Together for the Gospel conferenceMike has authored many articles, rants, screeds, and poorly conceived conspiracy theories and now his new book Church Planting is For Wimps (Spring 2010, Crossway). Mike hails from the Philadelphia area and is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Karen, and four children.