What happens when a 21-year-old newlywed, fresh out of
College attempts to
plant a church
in his hometown? And what if that
is Las Vegas,
“sin city” of the nation?
As Dave and Anna Teis announced their plans to plant a
church in Vegas, many discouraged them.
Could a young church plant survive there? Did the city even desire such a church?
Was this young couple qualified to plant
Over35 years later, the answer is obvious. Not just one, but two churches are growing
and flourishing in this needy city.
Through these pages, Pastor Teis records a journey of
where miraculous provision, fervent prayer, willing sacrifice, and gracious
perseverance mark the way to victory.
transparently shares the failures, setbacks, and triumphs he
experienced. He outlines scriptural principles and
provides practical resources for church planning in the needy cities yet
waiting for the hope of the Gospel.
Dave Teis was born and raised in
Nevada. After completing
College in 1977, he and
bride, Anna, returned to Las
with a desire to plant a Bible-believing Baptist church. Once a location was secured for the new
church, the newlyweds spent the next 8 weeks knocking on 100 doors each
began on September 11,
with 67 people in attendance.
6 weeks, the church was self-supporting.
Today, hundreds of families call
their home, and through the church’s ministry, thousands of individuals have
trusted Christ as Saviour.
has given hundreds of thousands of dollars toward worldwide missions each year
and has assisted 6 church plants in the Las
valley. Pastor and Mr Teis have 5
children faithfully serving the Lord and 9 grandchildren.
Planting Growing Churches
for the 21st Century, 3d ed.
It’s not about numbers
Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century is not about how many people you
can get through the church doors on Sunday morning, but about planting and
growing spiritually healthy churches that are equipped to reach today’s
unchurched generation. With vision, purpose, and practical advice, Aubrey
Malphurs carefully leads you through the six stages of a new church, including
funding, creating a strong servant leadership, and establishing values. The
church planters workbook will help you implement the book’s contents into your
own unique ministry situation, showing you how to develop a focus group, recruit
a leadership team, and implement small groups.
This third edition of a popular and practical hands-on guide will inspire,
encourage, and equip ministry leaders.
Aubrey Malphurs is a professor of pastoral
ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary and president of The Malphurs Group
(www.malphursgroup.com). He engages in church consulting and training and is the
author of numerous books, including Being Leaders and Building
Paperback, 432 pages.