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More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism in a Postmodern MatrixMore Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism in a Postmodern Matrix
Brian D. McLaren
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McLaren's call for spiritual friendship is at once innovative, and at the same time, remarkably timeless. It is innovative because "modern" evangelism often seems to be focused on ideas like conversion, conquest, war, proofs, arguments, etc., while spiritual friendship focuses, instead, on ideas like conversation, influence, and even dance, which is one of McLaren's favorite descriptions, as true dance has no winner or loser, but is, instead, an interactive experience in which both parties must cooperate. McLaren's ideas are timeless as well, in that they share a remarkable similarity with what Jesus taught His disciples, and the relationships He built with them.
     

 
Not The Religious Type: Confessions of a Turncoat AtheistNot The Religious Type: Confessions of a Turncoat Atheist
David Schmelzer
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Finding faith in our secular, postmodern world can be difficult. Especially when it appears that the two are mutually exclusive. That's what Dave Schmelzer thought when he was an atheist. However, he did come to faith and now leads a large church in Boston, MA. In the tradition of C.S. Lewis's "Mere Christianity", "Not the Religious Type" explores the reality of faith in a postmodern world, and suggests a new, unexpected way of seeing the world and our place in it.
     

 
The Art of Personal Evangelism: Sharing Jesus in a Changing CultureThe Art of Personal Evangelism: Sharing Jesus in a Changing Culture
Will McRaney
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In America's increasingly crowded marketplace of spiritual ideas, people seeking answers are less apt to turn to the church. Learn how to effectively witness to individuals in today's postmodern culture. McRaney's manual covers the foundational elements, communication theories, and practical aids of personal evangelism. Helpful appendixes include personal testimonies, gospel illustrations, common objections, and more. 268 pages, softcover from B&H.
     

 

 
The Jesus Enterprise: Engaging Culture to Reach the UnchurchedThe Jesus Enterprise: Engaging Culture to Reach the Unchurched
Kent R. Hunter
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You can build the church, ring the bell, and hope that folks will find their way to your doorstep. Or you can immerse yourself in the culture, build relationships, and minister to people where they are. Needless to say, it is the latter route that bears the greatest fruit - and the greatest similarity to Jesus' own practice of proclaiming the gospel. Innovative congregations are reaching out in creative ways to the unchurched. Kent Hunter names such forms of ministry The Jesus Enterprise. In this helpful book he tells the stories of churches where this kind of outreach has become the norm. More important, he also provides other churches the tools they need to identify the particular opportunities their context presents, and ways to take advantage of those opportunities to present the gospel to those most in need of it.
     

 
Evangelism after ChristendomEvangelism after Christendom
Bryan Stone
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How does your church share its faith? Although many Christians consider witnessing a duty of the individual believer, Stone shows us that the entire body of Christ has a responsibility to spread the gospel. Pointing to Israel, Jesus, and the apostles as his examples, he demonstrates how evangelism can be effectively and non-confrontationally employed. 352 pages, softcover from Brazos.
     

 
Reaching Generation Next: Effective Evangelism in Today's CultureReaching Generation Next: Effective Evangelism in Today's Culture
Lewis A. Drummond

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Today's generation of non-Christians is a different breed than what has come before. Humanism, existentialism and postmodernism create a toxic atmosphere for Christianity, and these ideologies are just a few of many that actively oppose the Gospel. Lewis Drummond, Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Beeson, outlines methods of dealing with whatever the world throws at you when evangelizing. Addressing the need for a Christian worldview and having a theology for evangelism are just two of the issues covered in this helpful book. Without repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the unsaved cannot obtain eternal life, and without our telling them this Good News in biblical perspective and in love they may never hear it.
     

 
Live to Tell: Evangelism for a Postmodern AgeLive to Tell: Evangelism for a Postmodern Age
Brad Kallenberg
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In recent years, countless Christians have found evangelism a difficult and even baffling scriptural mandate. Those we encounter, particularly young people, are often entirely unfamiliar with the basics of the gospel. Traditional means of communicating the faith, from cold-calling to mass-mailings, simply no longer speak the language of the culture. Brad Kallenberg recognizes that evangelism, even in our own backyard, has become a cross-cultural task. Like missionaries serving in foreign countries, we must become "students of the host culture." Much more than a "sinner's prayer," conversion requires a change of social identity. Indeed, becoming a follower of Christ involves gaining fluency in the language of Christianity by "engaging in an entirely different form of living with others, and treating evangelism as a communal practice." If we expect to be heard, we need to understand the philosophical underpinnings of our society; we must, in Kallenberg's words, learn to "sing the gospel story in a postmodern key." This book is a compassionate, wise, and necessary guide. It offers both theoretical insight and practical strategies for reaching postmodern people with the gospel. Pastors, youth pastors, campus ministers, and all witnessing Christians will find this book encouraging and enlightening.
     

 
The Race To Reach Out: Connecting Newcomers To Christ in a New CenturyThe Race To Reach Out: Connecting Newcomers To Christ in a New Century
Michael J. Coyer & Douglas T. Anderson
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Most church members would tell you that theirs is a friendly congregation, eager to welcome visitors and new members into their midst. Yet far too many of these same congregations have trouble translating this intention into action. Offering a friendly greeting to a new face is important, but it is only the first of many steps that congregations must take in order to turn visitors into members, and new members into committed disciples.

The authors believe that to assimilate newcomers into the life and ministry of the congregation, the whole church system must be involved. Anderson and Coyner demonstrate how to identify and respond to visitors in a nonthreatening, yet interested way; how to share information about them with the leaders of those ministries and programs in which they would be most interested; how best to help them in their decision to become church members; and how to help them understand and fulfill their own call to ministry in the congregation. They insist that churches be motivated, not by a desire for institutional survival or advancement, but by a passion for people and their place in the kingdom of God.
     

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