Ripe for Harvest

For more than forty years, World Impact has been dedicated to honoring and glorifying God and delighting in him among the unchurched urban poor by knowing him and making him known. Our vision is to recruit, empower, and release urban leaders who will plant churches and launch indigenous church planting movements. Our Evangel School of Urban Church Planting trains church planters to plant healthy churches among the city’s poor, applying biblical wisdom in order to effectively evangelize, equip, and empower unreached city folk to respond to the love of Christ, and take their place in representing Christ’s Kingdom where they live and work. This guidebook, the official text of the Evangel School, outlines a process of church planting that respects the unique cultures, environments, communities, and situations reflected in urban America. The PLANT approach outlined here provides practically wise and spiritually vital instruction to ensure that urban church planting teams will neither fail nor blunder as they seek to engage needy yet spiritually ripe unreached neighborhoods. Filled with devotionals, seminars, exercises, and worksheets, with dozens of graphics, diagrams, and articles, this rich resource will empower church planting teams to design a strategy consistent with the vision God has given them – the kind of strategy that results in the creation of healthy, Kingdom-declaring churches, and the launch of reproducing church planting movements. Use this handy manual to engage your community with creativity and wisdom, planting the church God called you to plant. Come, join us, as we seek to plant as many healthy, Christ-honoring churches as we can among the lost and the least in the cities of the world!