about the author
John Worcester has been happily married for 45 years. He and Diane have raised two sets of twin sons that are all in full-time collegiate ministry. Two are in Asia and two are in California. David is planting Compass Church, next to San Diego State University, and his twin Paul has started an especially effective evangelistic ministry at California State University Chico, Ca. John first met some Christians and heard the gospel in college after being invited by a track team friend to a Cru meeting. Since then, he and Diane have started dozens of evangelistic growth groups, ministries and new churches in three countries. Their speciality has been starting with a small team and growing to 50- 200 or so in the first couples of years and then recruiting and turning the ministries over long term leadership. They have typically apprenticed future church planters in the process of their planting. It is estimated that over 20,000 people now attend these churches or their offspring. Planting repeatedly has given John and Diane the opportunity to continually evaluate and improve the startup process. John has especially focused on understanding and applying the pioneering strategies of Jesus and Paul. His training encouraging other ministry starters to apply these often neglected principles. John has trained 1000’s of church planters and pastors in many countries around the world. Just this year, he has done extended training events in India, Mongolia, Japan, China, Cuba and several cities around the USA. John is also working on writing up his planting experiences and insights.