Church Zero: Raising 1st-Century Churches out of the Ashes of the 21st-Century Church
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* A radical call for reform from an evangelist with an attitude! Jones's punk-rock approach---and heart for evangelism---were forged in the trenches of international post-Christian societies. Now he pulls no punches as he warns the American church "We have lost our way," and offers a leadership model for "commando outreach" targeting the under-30 generation. 256 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1434704939
ISBN-13: 9781434704931

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A radical call to reform, Church Zero is a punk-rock approach to the pressing issue of gaining ground as rapidly as the early church.
 
With a fresh perspective forged in the dirty trenches of international post-Christian societies, Peyton Jones pulls no punches as he brings this message to the American Church: We have lost our way.

The church is losing ground fast: losing the generation under age 30 and drawing few nonbelievers toward Christ.
 
Christ gave us a leadership model for commando outreach, and the church has ignored it for too long. Will we continue down the path of self-preservation, defending our stalled church structures? Or will we follow the blueprint Jesus lays out?
 
Church Zero challenges readers to once again become a radical, dangerous people who cannot be ignored. It’s time to break out!

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Peyton Jones is founding coach of New Breed Church Planting UK/USA. A serial church planter, Jones is currently planting his second stateside church in urban Long Beach, California. He planted his at age 24 and has worked as a tentmaker, a firefighter, factory worker, and psychiatric nurse, bringing all these experiences to the table in ministry. Jones received his MA Theology: Pastoral Studies from Wales Evangelical School of Theology and served as the evangelist for Lloyd-Jones’s legendary Sandfields church, Aberavon.

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  1. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    New Churches The Bible Way
    December 28, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Peyton Jones in his new book, "Church Zero" published by David C. Cook shows us Raising 1st Century Churches out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church.

    From the Back Cover: It's Time to start over from zero.

    What happened to the Western Church? When did we stop being radical, dangerous, and impossible to ignore? Why are we losing the generation under 30 and reaching so few nonbelievers?

    In Church Zero, Peyton Jones says one of our big problems is this: we squeeze our leaders into a mold that cuts their hair and drains away their commando strength.

    Scripture lays out a leadership model that worked explosively in the first century—but frankly, we're scared of it. We don't have to be. When properly understood, Christ's model can help your church live the way the body was meant to live, truly making a difference in your community. Church Zero gives the blueprints for how the Western Church might start rebuilding from the ground up if a pipe bomb were placed underneath all of our church structures overnight. What would tomorrow look like if we had to restart from a biblical ground zero?

    Church Zero will help us once again become a radical, dangerous people who cannot be ignored. It's time to break out of the matrix.

    I do not have a problem with what we now call mega-churches. I guess sometimes it is easier to go and fit in with a large crowd. However we need the smaller churches to meet the needs of the individuals and we need the Pastors to shepherd them. However there are not enough churches! When I was growing up there was practically a church every few blocks. Now you need to travel to find a church. To get churches planted we need planters or what Paul called apostles. In eleven chapters Mr. Jones goes into the problem and the solution on how we should get the new church planted. He addresses the need and provides solutions. I believe this book is for everybody whether or not you will be a church planter. You see once the new church is planted someone has to bring the unchurched to church and if you understand what is going on in your new home you will be more equipped to help out.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from David C. Cook for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Starla
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    For Church Planters and Church Leaders
    April 14, 2013
    Starla
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    In Church Zero, Peyton Jones explores the world of church planting from a biblical perspective. The first few chapters are spent digging into the understanding of the word "apostle" in the 1st century. Jones distinguishes between the big-A "Apostles" and lowercase-a "apostles", explaining that Apostles were the men who were personally discipled by Jesus while "apostles" are the God-given role of church planters in the church. Several chapters are designated to defining the roles of pastors, prophets, apostles, teachers, and evangelists, which are often referred to as the five-fold ministry but Jones calls FIST leaders (think of a hand with five fingers, which when all connected makes a powerful fist). Jones spends his final chapters advocating for the importance of the church, the way it needs to be active in our world, and how we can be a part of making the church fulfill its purpose in this world.

    From the onset of this book, I had never thought of the apostles as church planters before. But now as we're see a large church planting movement arising in America, connecting this role to the early church makes a lot of sense and is really fitting. Jones does well in his exegesis of Scripture while keeping it connected to theology and practical ministry. I extremely appreciate Jones' positive view of the church. As a staff pastor leading several ministries, this book was encouraging to my heart and gave me some creative ideas for helping to make my church and ministries healthy by helping to get people plugged into the right places. I especially appreciated Jones' chapter on gifts-based ministry.

    The only disappointment I have with Jones' writings is that every reference he had to FIST leaders was masculine. Even though he mentioned Huldah and Deborah as prophets, he never considered in any other portion that women could still be prophets--or any other type of FIST leader--today. There was one reference to Priscilla working alongside her husband to teach women, but that was it. Also, as a Pentecostal, Jones seemed to portray a somewhat negative view of the pentecostal/charismatic tradition and practices. This was not blatant or alarming, but enough to make me stop and have to say "mmm...bummer." Jones seems to come from a reformed tradition, though he does well with branching out and discussing historic figures from other traditions as well, such as John Wesley.

    Overall, I thank Peyton Jones for writing this book. It affirmed that I am not called to be a church planter--ha!--but gave me a better understanding for those who are called to it, as well as affirming some of the gifts that God has placed in me as a FIST leader. I rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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Author: Peyton Jones
Located in: San Diego
Submitted: May 01, 2017

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Peyton Jones is the author of Reaching The Unreached: Becoming Raiders Of The Lost Art (Zondervan 2017) and Church Zero: Raising 1st Century Churches From The Ashes Of The 21st Century (David C. Cook 2013).

Peyton serves as the Church Planting Catalyst of the Western U.S. and Canada for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). He began ministry serving at a megachurch in Huntington Beach, CA before embarking to Wales, UK for 12 years. After serving as the Evangelist at Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s church Sandfields, and as a church planter, and network leader. He founded New Breed Church Planting Network which continues to train front-line 1st century style apostolic church planters, and has trained multiple church planters across the globe.

In the 25 years that Peyton has been in ministry, he has served in almost every incarnation of church, context (urban, rural, University Town, Industrial) and across multiple denominations. He is a veteran church planter, and expert in the field of missional engagement strategy. One of his passions is starting churches in public spaces, like Starbucks, and parks.

He writes regularly for Outreach, Leadership Journal, and Christianity Today where his articles have won numerous awards for excellence. He blogs regularly.

He founded Church Planter Magazine, and hosts two podcasts associated with it Church Planter Podcast and Hardcore Church Planting. Both are frequently in the #1 spots or in the what’s hot category.

He continues to train church planters all over the world through an online course for planters called the Bivo Inner Circle. That course trains missionary church planters to be bivocational and to provide for their families while being freed up enough to plant a church.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I returned from the UK feeling grieved about the lack of young people in the church, and the churches obsession over size instead of reach. I wanted to see a return to the biblical priority of spreading out and embracing the adventure of the book of Acts. Much of our ability to Multiply is dependent upon paying attention to that book of the Bible. But sadly, the church is often the biggest hindrance to expansion instead of the key to it.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I'm praying that we will see a return to the first century style expansion that turned the world upside down in a few decades. Right now, we're losing ground, not gaining it. I'd like to see this turn around as Christians begin to believe that they're a part of the solution. It's what we've seen repeatedly throughout our time back in the States. church planting has a way of bringing out the best in people so that they exercise the gifts God has divinely placed within them to be agents of change, restoration, and hope.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Spurgeon, Lloyd-Jones, and A.W. Tozer are my go to guys. But there are equal parts Voltron, He-Man, and Luke Skywalker. Heck, my other book, Reaching The Unreached: Becoming Raiders Of The Lost Art has an Indiana Jones theme if that tells you anything.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I'm deeply appreciative that you took the time to check out anything that I've said, either here, or in printed form. Thanks for reading. If you keep it up, I'll keep writing.

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