I am excited to announce my article, “Building Self-Replicating Core Teams for Church Planting” has been published in the highly respected academic periodical, “The Great Commission Research Journal.” for Volume 4 Issue 1, Summer 2012.

You can purchase the individual article or subscribe to the journal HERE

Article Abstract

“Building Self-Replicating Core Teams for Church Planting” will assist church planters in building more effective teams that can reproduce themselves in the second-generation leadership of the church. The article begins with a summary of the problem in building self-replicating core teams and continues with a look at the example of the apostle Paul’s church planting ministry. The article goes on to share the results from a survey of highly experienced church planters in the United States. It concludes by presenting a list of key components necessary for building core teams for church planting. The principles were shown through research to be reproducible and applicable to any church planting situation in the United States.

ABOUT GCRJ: The Great Commission Research Journal is an academic journal devoted to research and scholarly thinking on church growth. The Journal is published by Biola University’s Cook School of Intercultural Studies, in cooperation with the Great Commission Research Network.


Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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