“Most chapters in this book cover subjects that every missionary needs to consider, regardless of location. I have tired to combine some principles with a variety of ways to start a church in various foreign countries. In interviewing numerous missionaries for this book, and in my conversations with other missionaries through the years, I have found that most missionaries feel unprepared when they start churches. If nothing else, my prayer is that this book will motivate you to prepare well. This book may raise more questions than it answers, but it is better to at least be thinking and looking for answers as early as possible.
Every Missionary makes mistakes, and the best-conceived plans will not always succeed. Still, there is an important place for planning. It is my prayer that this book would have at least a small part in your planning.” -Rick Martin