"Our desire to learn all we could about church planting led us to conversations with successful church planters acress the country. What we found was not surprising: They had the same feelings as we did about current church-planting books. While all these books had their areas of usefulness, there was simply no comprehensive roadmap that showed how to build a new church from scratch. Many of the planters we interviewed had gone "off road" and were growing their churches with little guidance from current methods or resources. Because they often discovered their processes and principles through trial and error, most were excited to share their insights in an attempt to save other future church planters time and energy. Their generous points of view led to the discovery of an essential church-planting precept that is at the heart of this book."