Plant Like Jesus gives sixty different brilliant pictures of how Jesus engaged, organized and developed people to catalyze a movement. Ben does a masterful job of combining scripture, meditation and a prayer to help you as a leader ground everything you do in imitating the life of Jesus.
Dave Ferguson. Exponential president; Visionary Leader New Thing Network.
Church planters are a breed of their own. They face distinctive problems related to the missional nature of their work. In Plant Like Jesus, Ben offers the busy church planter valuable daily reflections and insights from scripture and life. A worthy read.
Alan Hirsch. Author, Forgotten Ways and 5Q
Plant Like Jesus provides soulful and strategic insights to encourage the heart and to guide the new church developer in their planting process. I recommend this valuable resource.
Dr. Robert E. Logan. Author of The Church Planting Journey and The Discipleship Difference
The approach Ingebretson takes in Plant Like Jesus is bound to help move planters in the direction of real personal growth. Really helpful, challenging and necessary!
Linda Bergquist, Planting Catalyst, North American Mission Board.
Ben Ingebretson has written a great resource to help church planters remain grounded on the remarkable practices of Jesus. The strength of the book derives from the fact that Ben is a reflective practitioner; he has planted churches, has led church planting movements and has been training church planters across North America for many years.
Eddy Aleman, General Secretary, Reformed Church in America
“These devotionals bring together rich biblical reflection and hard-won wisdom from the field in helping church planters ground their work in God’s reconciliation of the world in Christ. They will inspire, enrich, and refocus anyone called to this vital ministry.”
Dwight Zscheile, VP of Innovation and Associate Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Ben’s work is a highly useful guide to keep planters rooted in God and moving forward in their calling. I highly recommend it.
Larry Doornbos, Director Vibrant Congregations Reformed Church in America/Christian Reformed Church in North America
Plant Like Jesus is an indispensable tool for church planters and their teams. It will focus, encourage and inspire you through every season of church planting. It’s like having a biblically grounded and practical based coaching session every day.
Junius B. Dotson General Secretary/CEO Discipleship Ministries | The United Methodist Church
One of the most neglected areas in church planting can be a planter’s own spiritual life. Ingebretson’s Plant Like Jesus is a practical guide to resource planters or any spiritual entrepreneur in their spiritual journey.
Rosario “Roz” Picardo Dean of The Chapel & Director of The Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation-United Theological Seminary
This book is a gift to the church! I can’t wait to get my hands on many copies. Every church planter will be edified by the “best practices” of the world’s best leader, Jesus.
Tim Vink, Senior Catalyst for Church Multiplication Reformed Church in America
In PLANT LIKE JESUS, Ben Ingebretson offers spiritual food for the soul of anyone planting a new church, starting a new ministry, or contemplating what it looks like to reclaim a missional imagination as a faith leader.
Betsy Miller Moravian Church Northern Province
Ben brings years of experience as a church planter and a leader of church planters to this book. From this, he candidly acknowledges the myriad experiences church planters face. In addressing these, his persistent call is reminding planters that there is grace, guidance, and peace for them in the life, teachings, and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Mark Teasdale, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary Chicago
“In all the flurry of church planting activity––trainings, conferences, books, seminars, webinars, thought leaders, strategies, assessments––have we ever stopped and asked the question, ‘How could we plant a church like Jesus?’ That is at the heart of Plant Like Jesus.
Sean Benesh, Senior Editor of the International Journal of Urban Transformation
Amidst all the tools outlining the best practices, models and strategies of church planting, one essential resource has been missing. Plant Like Jesus fills that gap.
Randy Weener, Director of Church Multiplication Reformed Church in America
Plant Like Jesus redirects planters back to the One who is building his church, encouraging them to calibrate their efforts to his ways and purposes, providing an essential foundation every emerging church deeply needs. I highly recommend this resource.”
Steve Pike, President, Urban Islands Project
What a gift this collection is for pioneers navigating leadership and disciple-making in the Fresh Expressions movement of church. It inspires and encourages the soul while hitting on all of the important aspects of contextual church planting. Thank you!
Heather Evans, Pastor of Fresh Expressions, Grace Church; Cape Coral, Florida
“This helpful resource not only nourishes the soul of the planter but also helps the church planter and planting teams to think Biblically about their work. I am recommending it to the planters in our network.”
Jim Lankheet, Executive Director and President Coram Deo Association of Churches
Ben Ingebretson understands church planters. Plant Like Jesus is a valuable resource for helping planters stay connected to Jesus through the different stages of starting a church. The practical and insightful studies will allow a planter to navigate the planting journey while refueling spiritually. This will be a required resource for our church planters.
Lance Hurley, Executive Director, Ignite Church Planting: Chicagoland
PLANT LIKE JESUS is a unique creation, a delight, emerging from the author’s own passion and incredible experience. This book is a must-read for church planters, to keep their feet in the Scripture, in the ways of our Founder’s (Jesus’) vision for the Church.
Jebasingh Jebamony Planter, Multi-cultural Community Church