ISBN-13: 9780310297024 UPC: 025986297022 Availability: In Stock
Most of us have prodigals in our lives, whether a child, brother, sister, husband, wife, or friend. The ache for these dear ones is like no other. They may hurt us and disappoint us, but somehow we cannot stop loving them. And yet we cannot live their lives for them. The Prodigal-Friendly Church looks at why people leave the church, how we can retain them, how we can reach those who have already gone, and how we can help those who return feel like they belong. Jeff Lucas offers no easy recipes for success, but plenty of truthtelling, hope, and encouragement. This book discusses the principles of: * Reach: How do we reach those who've already left the church? * Return: How do we help people return to the church? * Retain: How do we retain the people we've worked so hard to reach? Ultimately we are called to bring our prodigals to the cross of Christ, for there we find the mingling of our own utter helplessness and God's total power to intervene and save. When the Father's house is filled with the Father's love, there is hope that the prodigals will come home.
Author and speaker Jeff Lucas travels internationally in a ministry of Bible teaching which carries a specific vision to encourage and equip the church. Jeff is the author of twenty-two books, as well as a number of study guides, booklets and a DVD teaching series called 'Life Journeys'. Jeff's books have been translated into French, Italian, Korean, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and German. He writes a monthly column for Christianity Magazine.He broadcasts three weekly radio shows. Jeff and Kay live in Loveland, Colorado, where he holds a teaching post at Timberline Church, Fort Collins. SPANISH BIO: Jeff Lucas es el autor de catorce libros muy vendidos, entre ellos, Lucas on Life, How Not to Pray y Grace Choices. Jeff nacio en Gran Bretana, y en la actualidad sirve en el equipo de liderazgo de Spring Harvest. Es un pastor maestro de la iglesia Timberline en Colorado, donde reside con su esposa Kay.