Leading the Other Way: How to Change the Church Planting World

When it comes to church planting, the stakes are high.  For too long, we’ve ignored the issues that plague church planting movements and church planters.

Filled with practical, down-to-earth Biblical advice about church planting, leadership, and spiritual health, Leading the Other Way presents a thoroughly Biblical and principle-centered – not program-centered – approach to planting effective churches which focuses on the leader whom God has gifted and called.

If you care deeply about the future of the church, not only new churches, but the church as a whole, JD’s book will encourage you, irritate you in a healthy way, and motivate you to lead for change.  With honesty, authority, and intensity, JD coaches leaders of churches, ministries, and denominations to consider the Kingdom over their respective domains, and challenges us to lead for the sake of others.  

Rooted in Scripture, JD asks tough questions and provides tangible answers via transferable principles, not prescriptions, as only an experienced practitioner can.

Preaching the Other Way: How to Develop a Teaching Team in Your Church

Ministry is supposed to be a team sport, but it's hard to build a team if you're a pulpit hog. Sharing the pulpit is one of the most powerful ways to instill a ministry-wide culture of equipping, empowering, and releasing others for the work of the ministry.

Preaching the Other Way is an absolute must have for any preacher, speaker, or primary communicator. It's an inspirational reminder that no one person can be it all, and do it all.

This book comes from forty years of ministry wisdom. Insightful, and backed with impeccable integrity, JD Pearring presents an innovative approach to equip leaders and empower believers to use their gifts. This is an indispensable book for pastors of large, small, old, or new churches.

JD Pearring’s vast experience includes planting churches, leading growing congregations and assessing potential new church planters. He currently serves as the Director of the Excel Leadership Network, Church Planting Lead for Transformation Ministries, and Teaching Team Coach at Journey Church in Elk Grove, CA.



Excel Leadership Network exists to support church planters and high level leaders in the work God has called them to do. We plant churches and network church planting entities with church planters in order to do more together than we can do apart. We’re developing a movement where church planting leaders are reproducing healthy churches. Our mission and philosophy comes from Acts chapter 13:

 “In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”

—Acts 13:1-3

We spot high level leaders   

We set up high level leaders for success

We send out high level leaders

We support high level leaders


Don't miss this update from Robbie McLaughlin on Hope City Church.

Check out a 2 min video from one of our newest Excel churches. Here is a video update from Andy Ziegenfuss about their launch Sunday earlier this month. We hope you are encouraged--feel free to share this with your church too!

Joey Furjanic and members of The Block on the PBS News Hour. They are 2:30 into the segment.

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