In 1994, Bill Hybels' groundbreaking book, Becoming a Contagious Christian, revolutionized the way Christians understood and practiced evangelism. Contagious took the intimidation factor out of evangelism by giving believers permission to be themselves, and by showing them how to use their own evangelism styles to build relationships with seekers. Since then, over a million people have been trained in Contagious practical, relational approach. Bill Hybels says that sadly, though they now have the basic skills they need to tell others about Christ, most Christians rarely spend time with people who are far from God. Hybels says believers universally affirm that evangelism is a vital part of what God calls them to do, but very few make a practice of doing it because they feel awkward and ill-equipped, either because they have never been trained, or because their lack of interaction with non-Christians prevents them from using and developing the skills they do have. After more than ten years of ongoing ministry and personal reflection, Bill Hybels addresses these concerns and signals the next era in personal evangelism with Just Walk Across the Room. Drawing on fresh perspectives from the his own experiences, as well as time-tested and practical illustrations, Just Walk Across the Room encourages and equips readers to routinely initiate spiritual conversations with those who don't know Christ. The author takes the guesswork out of evangelism by showing Christians how to "walk across the room", be intentional in their everyday contacts with people to reach seekers with the transformational message of Chris t. Hybels encourages readers to follow a simple, "Three-D" approach: Decide to Wonder, about people's needs, paths to fulfillment, and eternal destinies. Discover Their Story. . . then share your own before-and-after story, followed by God's redemptive story. Discern Next Steps. . . by relying on the Holy Spirit to help determine what the other person needs. Also features inspiring true stories that show the potent Three-D principles in action.
What if redirecting a persons forever really is as simple as walking across a room? In Just Walk Across the Room, Bill Hybels introduces the next era in personal evangelism with a natural, relational approach that follows Jesus own example. When Christ walked clear across the cosmos 2,000 years ago, he had no formulas and no script---just an offer of redemption to people like us, many of whom were neck-deep in pain of their own making. Astounding things happen when you follow the model set by Jesus. Emphasizing the leading of the Holy Spirit, Hybels invites you to step out of your Circle of Comfort and into encounters with people who long for someone to take an interest in them---men and women with stories to tell and hearts that yearn to experience Gods love reaching out to them through your smile, your encouragement, your transparency, your friendship. Find out how you can make the difference of an eternity for someone standing near you. It all starts with a walk across the room.
Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Leadership Axioms, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, and Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and two grandsons, Henry and Mac.