Gutsy: (Mis)Adventures in Canadian Church Planting
by Jared Siebert
In the last two decades a gutsy group of Canadian church planters have taken the plunge. They are not content to simply plant churches—they want to plant new kinds of churches. Churches that are responsive to the Canada that will be—not just the Canada that was. Joe Manafo, in his documentary “One Size Fits All?” sought to capture this movement and understand it. He filmed 19 Christian communities that represent a brave exploration of new and evolving forms of church in Canada. This book picks up where that documentary left off. In these pages you’ll hear the unvarnished truth about what it’s like to pioneer over the long haul. You’ll read both the good and the bad. The adventures and misadventures. In these pages are the seeds of our future and the principles we’ll need to get there. If you’re connected with or have ever considered planting a new kind of church in the Canadian context this book is for you.
Jared Siebert, currently serves as the National Director for Church Development for the Free Methodist Church in Canada and author of Gutsy: (Mis)Adventures in Canadian Church Planting. His main responsibility is to prepare the denomination to respond to the massive cultural change that churches are facing. He accomplishes this through the planting of new kinds of churches and by developing sustained health and contextual conversations at the local church level designed to bring churches face to face with their mission.
What are people saying about Gutsy?
“Loved the book. At this point in my life, I no longer find myself very much drawn to books that have that “How-To-Do Church” feel. I thought Gutsy might be one of those books. And, besides that, I am not directly involved with pioneer church planting ministry. But, I decided to take a look at it and, in fact, found myself immediately drawn in. Every chapter is packed with so much goodness. Honest, but positive. Very insightful and full of practical guidance. I could see that it is primarily geared to pioneer church planters and those who work with them (locally and denominationally), but it addresses challenges that I know many pastors in established works are also facing these days. The thoughtful questions in just about every chapter are so good. I can imagine the leadership (and congregation) of any church that is wondering, “Who are we and what are we to do?” benefitting tremendously by asking and dialoging about those questions. Although it is a research work, it is not simply a “heady” work. I found myself drawn into it at quite an emotional level–because a lot of us pastors struggle with feelings that are talked about in this book. Gutsy really helped bring our pioneer church planting brothers and sisters to life for me in a deeper way. It’s not that I haven’t thought about or prayed for them before. And, I certainly believe that this “new kind” of work is necessary as we think about the spread of the gospel. But, Gutsy has definitely amplified that sense. So, loved the book — for lots of reasons.” – Tom Gurnick, Pastor
“I think that this is a fantastic resource for anyone heading out onto Canadian soil and I am not a church planter, but I have been involved in two Canadian church plants in which my husband has served on staff. Nonetheless this book was filled with many moments of “you’ve got that right” and head nods as I remembered many scenarios and experiences we have lived through – I wish I’d read this before we started! I think that this is a fantastic resource for anyone heading out onto Canadian soil and is a much-needed resource in light of the religious disaffiliation of our context and the need for courageous planters.” – anonymous amazon customer
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