This article consists of my doctoral thesis submitted for my Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. I submit it here because it provides a perspective of how church planting was approached thirty-seven years ago. Much that was true then is becoming more relevantly today as many are turning away from the impersonal mega-church ministries. You will also note my concern at that time for local church ministries and reaching communities neighborhood-by-neighborhood for Christ. While it is true many attempts to plant churches fail, it is also true that most fail because basic principles of ministry are overlooked.
I pray that bring this study to light at this time will assist and encourage the Body of Christ in reaching the lost for Christ. The greatest evangelistic tool is still a well-organized and administered local church.
The above cartoon, along with all of the cartoons in the manual, were draw for me specifically to illustrate the content of each chapter.