Jan. 16, 2014
“At Home in a Strange Land: Ministries that are Transforming Communities and Planting Churches in North America” was released by Liberty University Press.
“At Home in a Strange Land” is a compilation of stories that explore the experiences of church planters as they begin Christian organizations in some of the toughest areas of North America, such as Las Vegas, Nevada and Quebec, Canada.
Author William Brown recommends a small group discipleship approach to church planting that is biblical, reproducible, and economical. He demonstrates this by drawing from his past experiences as a church planter, pastor, professor, and Nehemiah Project Director. He presents various principles and practices for ministry, focusing on the relationship between ecclesiology and missiology as well as building on the Great Commission’s call to make disciples.
Brown also tells the story of how each church founder discovered God’s calling to ministry, church planting, and brought them to their new homes in diverse locations in North America. He weaves through every story the common thread of earning the right to share the Gospel through living a servant lifestyle. According to Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Brown's book is "not the average church-planting manual. Most of the church planters who have written chapters in this book are men whose work I have observed first-hand," says Patterson. "These church planters tell their stories, which are among the most remarkable that I have seen.”
About the Author:
William E. Brown is lead pastor of North Star Baptist Church and is an assistant professor for Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been involved in church planting and ministry in Washington state, Alaska, and North Carolina. He was an Army aviator, bush pilot, commercial fisherman, charter boat operator, and public school teacher. These experiences have given him a passion for the un-churched and un-evangelized.
His church ministry focuses on servant hood activities, small groups, personal discipleship, and Bible teaching. He also served as an assistant professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and director of the North American Mission Board Nehemiah Project. While an assistant professor at SEBTS, he developed the North American Church Planting program. He and his wife, Kathy, have three married sons and live in North Carolina. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Theology/Evangelism, M.Div., and M.Ed.