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Caring Deeply About Church Planting
Twelve Keys from the Life of Jesus

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ISBN 9780367649999
December 14, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
122 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Elite leaders are not just for the arenas of business, politics or the military. They are also to be deployed in the faith sector. None other than Jesus, the founder of Christianity, provides a compelling look at what world-class leadership entails. In this book, twelve keys from the life of Jesus are elucidated which church-planters must keep in mind in order to successfully start new works. Termed Jesus' Model of Impact, these twelve keys follow a three-phase process from conception to construction to disruption. Deeply rooted in Scripture, this book provides guiding principles for church planters working in any culture around the world. Paul's church planting ministry is also highlighted as a powerful confirmation of the keys left to us by Jesus.  

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Church Planting Is an Organizational Initiative

Chapter 2 Church Planting Is a Breakthrough Initiative

Chapter 3 Church Planting Is a Prophetic Initiative


Chapter 4 Caring Deeply: The Call of God

Chapter 5 Clarity: Caring Deeply Must Have a Compelling, Tangible Goal

Chapter 6 Capability: Planting Must Be Connected to Skill, Especially Preaching

Chapter 7 Consecration: The Key to Your Plant


Chapter 8 Core Team: Finding Those Who Will Plant with Me

Chapter 9 Culture: How Will This Plant Work, Look, and Feel?

Chapter 10 Creativity: Planting with Genius

Chapter 11 Coordination: Infrastructure for This Plant

PHASE 3 - DISRUPTION (Global Impact)

Chapter 12 Commitment: Having Follow-Through as You Plant

Chapter 13 Coin: Faith for Finances

Chapter 14 Constancy: Protecting the Plant from Diversions

Chapter 15 Continuation: Raising up the New Disruptors


Chapter 16 Canvas: Jesus’ Model of Impact - Church Unleashed

Chapter 17 Challenge: Paul, Apostle of Love

Chapter 18 Coda: God’s Glory Rests on the Church

APPENDIX Five Stones Church: Our Start-Up Story and a Little Beyond Free Church Planting Boot Camp References

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Rich Kao has been in pastoral and church planting ministry for nearly thirty years. He was Senior Pastor of City Hill Fellowship in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before founding Five Stones Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. Rich has been involved in a variety of start-ups, humanitarian and leadership ventures, and business concerns. He is a member of the Cabinet of Canadians, and has served the Harper administration and presently the Trudeau administration on issues of religious freedom and human rights. Rich also leads the Five Stones church planting team, with a focus on planting churches in global cities around the world. He is a frequent conference speaker in Asia. Prior to being in ministry Rich worked in the diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries, holding research positions at Kallestad Labs (Hoffman-La Roche) and 3M Co. He is currently a director with Measurement Technology Laboratories in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a high-tech company specializing in air quality measurement. He is also Founder and President of a new green company, Hive City, a design studio that specializes in green event architecture, retail elements, and custom branding by utilizing repurposed paperboard. He has a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College, an M.S. in Immunology from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership (D.SL) from Regent University.


This is a massive work. Rich Kao has prepared an education in a box for future church planters. Having planted six church, I truly understand the dynamics behind every detail which Rich has written about. I also believe churches will take their staffs through this book to instil and inspire the apostolic passion contained in this book. This could be a game changer.

  • Jerry Daley, Pastor and Church Planter,

It's been a great honor to plant churches and do apostolic work with Rich Kao in some of the most "impossible" places. In each location Rich brought wisdom and innovation to diverse people groups. This book will help both seasoned church planters and first timers. His twelve keys are brilliant, well proven and most likely what you need to unlock your city and region to bring forth "fruit that remains."

  • Ron Lewis, Sr. Leader, Every Nation NYC; Church planter in 20 nations

I have known, respected, and served with Rich Kao for over 20 years. There is not a man I know who is more open to proactively growing in the areas of faith, flexibility, innovation, pioneering, and leadership. These traits, along with his wealth of experience, culminate in this challenging, insightful and impactful book. I would highly recommend this book not only to current church planters and church planters in training, but to anyone called to positions of leadership within Jesus' Church.

  • Ben Goodman, Pastor of Leadership Development, Manna Church; Oversight Team, Truebridge Network