Cracking The Whip


Reaching the Unreached Through Churches That Plant Churches

Right now, the Church is taking a beating and instead of learning the lesson a good beating can teach us, we’re building bigger barns and drifting farther from the mission of Jesus.

This is the premise for the new title from Peyton Jones, veteran church planter and church-planting coach for the NAMB. Jones goes on to observe that everything we’re doing to reverse the decline of the Western Church isn’t working. In Cracking the Whip, Peyton channels his love of Indiana Jones movies and uses familiar imagery to urge church leaders to go back to the Book of Acts and learn how to take new ground for the Kingdom. He points out that our post-Christian world is very much like the apostles’ pre-Christian world.

“If the challenges are the same, then so are the solutions,” he says. “Rediscovering the first-century tactics will lead to first-century results.”

From there, Peyton challenges church leaders to go on a new adventure of reaching the unreached, stressing that just like Jesus cracked the whip in the Temple to stop the moneychangers from keeping seekers from finding God, He might very well crack the whip to get today’s Church to mobilize and go.

Revealing what he has discovered as “the hidden power within our churches,” Peyton thoroughly explores what it looks like to lead people on an adventure to search out genuine opportunities that lead to genuine relationships and genuine gospel conversation—disciple multiplication that ultimately, results in new churches reaching the unreached.

“Why let your people settle for the classroom when the adventure of mission lies outside it?” Peyton asks. “Don’t tell them about the wonders of archaeology and never let them raid any temples.”

Reader Takeaways

  • Why church planters that pursue fortune and glory are in for a real beating.
  • The mistake that silver-bullet seminars and pastors’ conferences are making.
  • Why people actually like “real evangelism.”
  • Why Jesus said we’d be His “witnesses,” not His “evangelists” to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
  • The first stage of mobilization that births movements.
  • The three practices the early Church pursued that we can apply today.
  • The questions church planters aren’t asking about their city.
  • Why Peyton no longer believes that people are “called” to leadership.
  • The five key areas in life that provide genuine relationship-building opportunities.
  • The change you’ll need to lead to multiply at a new level.
Peyton Jones
Peyton Jones is a serial church planter, author, speaker, outreach consultant, and founder of New Breed Church Planting. Born in Washington, D.C. but raised in Huntington Beach, CA (Surf City), he married the girl he fell in love with at 17. He is the adoptive father of two children with mixed ethnicities, Liberty and Eden.
Peyton served as a youth pastor, assistant pastor, and interim pastor of the mega church Refuge Huntington Beach that has served as his sending church since 1999 when he embarked on a 12-year mission to Wales Uk. Originally serving as the Evangelist at Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s historic Sandfields church, Peyton served as the both the interim pastor, and helped them plant their first church. From there, Peyton engaged in a replant of a Baptist congregation in West Wales, which grew and led to Peyton planting a collegiate church in a neutral venue based around discussion groups . Peyton’s church planting experience include planting a church out of a Starbucks, which multiplied three churches to planting a church in urban Long Beach, that also planted two other churches.
In both the U.K. and United States, Peyton formed the New Breed Network, a small network that specializes planting in hard places utilizing 1st century principles. New Breed is a collaborative network and Peyton has served Presbyterian (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist), Baptist, Southern Baptist, Calvary Chapel, RCA, and Nazarene churches over the years. Peyton has also been bi-vocational for nearly 20 years, using his RN license, serving as a firefighter, factory worker, barista, online university instructor, or anything that will help him accomplish the mission.
Peyton also co-founded Church Planter Magazine, and the Church Planter Podcast, Hardcore Church planting podcast, and the Ministry Ninja Podcast. Peyton is passionate about writing (Church Zero 2013; Reaching The Unreached 2017; and an unpublished church planting textbook 2021), and training. Training under Mac Lake, Peyton assisted Namb in a training rewrite project, and managed training for the Western United States/Canada. In addition, Peyton has developed his own training called CityWide that trains planters in collaborative church planting teams wired for multiplication, and Jump School (a six-month training for planters to train their core teams).
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