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Gospel DNA

21 ministry values for growing churches

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Unpacks Paul's leadership training in Acts 20 – the "Gospel DNA" for growing churches.

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Acts chapter 20 tells how Paul sat down to train the elders of the Ephesian church he had planted some years before. The principles of gospel ministry he lays down are simple, but absolute dynamite.

In 21 simple, practical principles, Richard Coekin sets out how this "Gospel DNA" should shape our approach to building churches today.

This book draws on his experience as Director of the London-based Co-Mission church-planting initiative in the UK. It will help you be part of a dynamic strategy for growing gospel churches today.

Includes a Foreword by D.A. Carson

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  • 1. Learning from a legend
    2. Train leaders (v17)
    3. Share your life (v18)
    4. Serve the Lord (v19)
    5. Teach the Bible (v20)
    6. Seek repentance and faith (v21)
    7. Accept unavoidable risk (v22)
    8. Enjoy the Holy Spirit (v23)
    9. Proclaim the gospel (v24)
    10. Preach the kingdom (v25)
    11. Warn about judgment (v26)
    12. Tell the whole truth (v27)
    13. Pastor the flock (v28)
    14. Care for the local church (v28)
    15. Proclaim his death (v28)
    16. Beware of the wolves (v29-31)
    17. Trust God (v32)
    18. Trust God's word (v32)
    19. Celebrate our inheritance (v32)
    20. Help the weak (v33-35)
    21. Pray with confidence (v36)
    22. Keep going to all nations (v38)

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Contributors Richard Coekin
ISBN 9781784980894
Format Paperback
First published March 2017
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 13.8mm
Weight 0.21 kg
Language English
Pages 192
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Richard Coekin is Director of the Co-Mission church network and Senior Pastor of Dundonald Church, SW London. A renowned Bible teacher and the author of several books including Our Father and Ephesians For You, Richard is also Chairman of the London Men's Convention. He is married to Sian and they have five children.


Don Carson

Co-founder, The Gospel Coalition; Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

I cannot imagine that any church serious about Jesus, his gospel, and his Word could not make excellent use of this short book that engagingly articulates old “ministry values” in fresh and memorable ways. Don’t be satisfied with one copy; buy a box of them and distribute them widely.

Timothy Keller

The late Founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and Chairman of Redeemer City to City.

It is often said that gospel truth is not merely the means for conversion but is also a shaping power for all Christian life and ministry. But such a statement is often followed by generalities. Richard Coekin has developed a robustly biblical and eminently practical handbook for applying the gospel to the ministry of the local church. I recommend it!

William Taylor

Rector, St Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate

I have the highest possible regard, and gratitude to God, for the work of Co-Mission so faithfully led by Richard Coekin over these recent years. This book contains not only a faithful and masterful exposition of Acts 20, but also numerous helpful insights on Gospel churches and Christian leadership from one who has been greatly used by God in our generation. It will be a most useful study for church leaders, and leadership teams - I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Independent reviews

"An excellent resource"

Dave McDonald, Evangelicals Now, 24 Feb 2017

I’m keen to get multiple copies of this book so that I can start reading it with others. In fact, I recommend the churches and leaders in our FiEC network make use of this book as a training manual. It’s a book to read slowly, chapter by chapter, pausing to review, discussing how we can apply its lessons, and making plans to change for the better.... continue reading



Mark Troughton, Evangelicals Now, 1 May 2017

Richard Coekin’s handbook Gospel DNA, with a Foreword by D A Carson and commended by other household names, outlines 21 hallmarks of gospel churches from Acts 20. The author is someone who doesn’t just ‘talk the walk’, having already planted 30 churches in London out of Dundonald Wimbledon under the banner of Co-Mission. His conservative aim is to plant 30 more by 2025 and the bigger, hairier one of 360 ‘a little further down the road’. Whatever our ecclesiological DNA, we would all profit from a post-winter, gospel-health check-up !... continue reading

Customer reviews

18 Jul 2024

“Compelling and faithful”

I was encouraged to read this by a previous pastor and I'm glad I did. The values and way of life Richard advocates are centered on Jesus and in response to hearing the gospel. Richard unpacks Acts 20 and he shows that God's word is lifegiving and able transform our character and outlook on life.

The questions after each chapter are quality and helped me to think about how I equip God's people now and continue becoming more like Jesus myself.

This is an ideal book for training teams that lead God's people.

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