Darrin Patrick is the lead pastor of The Journey church in urban St. Louis. Patrick started The Journey church in , and has watched the church expand into a. Church Planter has ratings and 94 reviews. Kyle said: This was a really well -written book. No, really, it was. The reason for the abysmal rating is. Last week, I took some time to review Darrin Patrick’s new book Church Planter. Below is all three parts compiled in one place. Church Planter.
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Below is all three parts compiled in one place. Crossway,pp. One does not have to look far to discover the plethora of books in the world of church planting. However, the majority of these books focus on the pragmatics of church planting—systems, techniques, processes, etc. Wisdom has often been discovered not in those who have learned to give all the answers, but rather from those who have learned to ask the right questions. He begins by asking not how to plant a church but who should plant a church.
In Section One, Patrick provides seven leading characteristics of a man prepared plqnter lead in gospel ministry. I say gospel ministry and not church planting because these characteristics can and should be applied to anyone seeking to pour their lives into the spread of the gospel through leadership in a local church.
Patrick writes darrkn the perspective of a planter and pastor, providing personal anecdotes and lessons churhc his own experiences. As vice-president of the Acts 29 Network, he also writes with a reference to the values, vision, and philosophy of this church planting network.
One could argue that this book could be intended as a boot-camp-in-a-book for aspiring church planters. Not only does Churc begin by asking the right question, he also begins by answering that question with something that is so often assumed—the gospel. While this may sound painfully elementary, the fact is that our generation has largely been raised on a truncated, man-centered gospel producing men seeking to plant efficient churches with an efficient gospel message that does not save.
From his own observations, Patrick notes.
Church Planter by Darrin Patrick (Review)
In the palnter chapters, Patrick focuses on the calling and qualification of men, accessing great resources from the past e. Patrick explains that the call is confirmed by the heart deep, unavoidable desire and head understanding specific ministry callingconstituting the inward call, as well as skill confirmation constituting the outward call.
Chapter three qualified man is essentially an exposition on 1 Timothy 3: The remaining four characteristics in the first section are evenly divided between who the man is dependent and determined and what the man does skillful and shepherding. The unifying theme among all seven characteristics seems to be that the Spirit of God controls the man in his character who he is and empowers the man in his calling what he does.
The most significant contribution in this section clearly is his chapter on shepherding. But what Patrick points out that the pastoral care and genuine nurturing of the sheep are indeed great investments in the health and progress of the church. As one who is concerned the biblical call to shepherding is often given back seat to biblically unwarranted characteristics such as entrepreneurial aptitude, I am greatly encouraged to feel the weighty exhortation to care for those whom Christ died, knowing that the minister will give an account to God for how he shepherded them.
The most unique contribution would be the triperspectival approach to leadership in his chapter on being a skilled man. Based on the offices of Christ prophet, priest, and kingthis triperspectival approach has been plantr over the past five years but to my knowledge not been widely accessible in book format. Patrick argues that the three basic skills of planrer a pastor or church planter is leading kingteaching prophetand shepherding priest.
One way to assess each perspective is to consider the questions each one answers. A very helpful section in this chapter is addressing the dangers of this approach to leadership.
Since Jesus was the perfect prophet, priest, and king, and since as believers we are becoming more like Christ, we should be growing in all these areas. There are a couple of nagging questions that linger that could Patrick could give further clarification and explanation. However, it seems that strong urge can easily and quickly! Another concern in the calling is the skill confirmation, in particular the questions to inspect the fruit of his planted These skills, albeit important to leadership in general, are ptarick necessarily warranted in Scripture and therefore could be considered more accessory than essential.
Perhaps it could have been better stated that the general skill set laid out on page 39 are important but not essential while these that I have mentioned are both important and essential to a skilled workman called by God and confirmed by the church. This is understandable and expected from a non-cessationist, yet the references to feelings and direct revelations from God could make some readers uncomfortable, especially regarding the sufficiency of Scripture and the relationship between the Word and Spirit.
Nevertheless, a Reformed cessationist should not have a problem getting into the car Patrick is driving, so long as the seatbelt is securing fastened. I highly recommend you to pour through this section, answer the questions at the end of each chapter, and probe deeply into your heart and life, as I believe it will serve you and those you lead as well in the future.
The Apostle Paul, missionary and church planter, is someone practitioners reference in developing missional paradigms, approaches to cultural engagement, and planher of ministry.
In the second section of his book, Darrin Patrick focuses on the gospel message with theological precision and practical exposition. This section represents well what the resurgence of gospel centrality looks like among the younger generation of evangelicals, and those looking for a concise yet profound summary of the nature of the gospel will be encouraged by what they find in this book.
The five chapters can be broken down in two categories: The gospel, then, is fundamentally an announcement: The gospel is not good advice on how to reach up to God; rather, it is a declaration about what God has already done to reach down to us. In it, he shows how Jesus died for God—to vindicate His righteousness, and how Jesus died for sinners—to redeem, reconcile, and rescue them from their sin.
Laced with Scripture, Patrick ably guides the reader into the depths of the glorious great exchange, addressing such important doctrines as propitiation and expiation while emphasizing how the voluntary death of Jesus was efficacious to save to the uttermost all who believe in His name.
If there is no astonishment of the forgiveness of sins, there is no gospel preaching. Not only does Patrick emphasize the necessity of preaching Christ from all of Scripture, he shows how tragic and dangerous the alternatives are—many which exist today in evangelical pulpits. Those who love the gospel will love the treatment Patrick has given to this all-important subject matter.
For the theologians, you may be surprised to see references to the hypostatic union of Jesus and simul justus et peccator with sources such as John Stott, John Calvin, Richard Lovelace, Michael Horton, and Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
But for the practitioners wondering what is the usefulness of a robust understanding of the gospel in ministry, you will discover the essence of biblical preaching as fidelity to the gospel and its sufficiency having inexhaustible implications.
In a day where the gospel is watered down, Patrick has kept it unfiltered by human sensibilities. During a time when gospel explanations are often fuzzy and unclear, Patrick has brought much needed clarity and profundity in our milieu.
Of all the things a church planter needs to get right, nothing is more important than the gospel message, and I am grateful to see that indeed, Darrin Patrick gets it right. The remaining five chapters segue from text to context, from word to deed, and challenges church planters to match a robust orthodoxy with a vibrant orthopraxy. It has been argued by leading missiologists like Ed Stetzer that the crucial issues in the 21st century will be found at the convergence of missiology and ecclesiology.
While it may seem obvious, there is still a considerable debate as to what we are planting—i. Churches take on various shapes and expresses, including micro house church and macro megachurchattractional and missional, and liturgical and contemporary.
What Darrin Patrick does in the final section of his book is provide a healthy framework for thinking through the essence of the church, the posture of the church in culture, and the agenda of the church. Darrin Patrick coaches us first on matters of the heart—having the same compassion for the lost that we see demonstrated in Jesus.
Patrick exposes ways in which our hearts are negatively affected, including busyness, hurriedness, self-righteousness, and self-protection, explaining how our participation in the mission is directly connected to the disposition of our hearts.
He proceeds secondly to matters of the mind—that is, how we should think about the church. The chapter on contextualization address matters of the feet—how one engages the culture with a missionary posture. This chapter is perhaps the best summary explanation on contextualization in church planting literature, and I would argue the most important chapter in his book.
Numerous definitions and descriptions are given from guys like Tim Keller, D. Here are some worth noting:. In his defense of contextualization, Patrick shows how God in redemptive history reverses the Tower of Babel at the event of Pentecost and accommodates Himself to His audience by giving us Scripture.
He then proceeds to show how both Jesus and Paul practiced contextualization to make the gospel known and understood. Patrick follows dsrrin with matters of the hands—how a church practically engages their community through mercy ministry, social justice, and other forms of deeds emphasis. The majority of this chapter is taken up in narrative form, sharing how his church The Journey has sought to care for their city with a hands-on approach.
Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission
The final chapter lies at the heart of Acts 29 and much of modern church planting directives—reach urban centers and seeing cities transformed by the gospel. Based on the cultural mandate Gen. He argues that churches should have a vision for the city.
Although a much debated topic today, Patrick positively argues that churches should seek to redeem the culture by doing good deeds, being a blessing ppatrick the city, and engaging in all aspects of culture.
Darrin Patrick has written an excellent book, but there patrkck a few matters of concern and critique. In the section on the man, I was somewhat surprised to find little attention give to the marriage and family life of the church planter.
How a man leads his wife and children in apply the gospel, leading in family worship and devotions, and shepherding them through changes, difficult circumstances, and adversity is very indicative of how he will lead a congregation. Furthermore, how a church planter platner his life with God-prescribed priorities personal devotion, wife, children, then church is vital to the health of the church planter and the church he seeks to lead.
On the nature of the church, I question whether it is helpful to describe models of the church in such generalizations On the hands of mission, Patrick says relatively little about the basis and integration of deed ministry in relation to the Word.
On the issue of city transformation, Patrick asserts. This is a significant and controversial claim to make, and while I generally agree with his premise, concluding patrickk book with such a bold assertion without significant warrant left me wanting Patrick to unpack this for us. Over the past three years, I have had the privilege of getting know Darrin Patrick and the church he has planted.
I can attest firsthand that he is the real deal, and this book is a tremendous offering from his life born out of his own gospel labors. There is simply no other book around with the same starting point, same emphasis chuech the gospel, and same level of healthy thinking about the church than Church Planter. It will be a required reading for future church planters both in the PLNTD network and future church planters being trained in local churches.
May our Lord who promised to build His church be pleased to use this tool to tweak and train God-called men on mission for the advance of His kingdom through planting healthy reproducing churches!
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Olanter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new chkrch by email. Summary Not only does Patrick begin by asking the right question, he also begins by answering that question with something that is so often assumed—the gospel. Critique There are a couple of nagging questions that linger that could Patrick could give further clarification and explanation.
The Message The Apostle Paul, missionary and church planter, is someone practitioners reference in developing missional paradigms, approaches to cultural engagement, and philosophy of ministry. Summary The five chapters can be broken down in two categories: Conclusion Those who love the gospel will love the treatment Patrick has given to this all-important subject matter.
Here are some worth noting: Critique Darrin Patrick has written an excellent book, but there are a few matters of concern and critique. Conclusion Over the past three years, I have had the privilege of getting know Darrin Patrick and the church he has planted. Subscribe via Email Today!