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Discover A Proven Approach to Raising Your Churchs Evangelistic Temperature Evangelism. Its one of the highest values in the church. So why do so few churches put real time, money, and effort into it? Maybe its because we dont understand the evangelistic potential of the church well enough to get excited about it. Building a Contagious Church will change that. This provocative book dispels outdated preconceptions and reveals evangelism as it really can be, radiant with the color and potential of the body of Christ and pulsing with the power of God. Whats more, it walks you through a 6-Stage Process for taking your church beyond mere talk to infectious energy, action, and lasting commitment. Think it cant happen? Get ready for the surprise of your life! You and your church are about to become contagious! Most church leaders would agree theres nothing more important than evangelismafter all, eternities hang in the balance! Yet eighty-six percent of pastors admit that their church falls far short when it comes to actually doing something about it. Perhaps your church is like that, but youre unsure of what to do. Thats about to change. If you long to infect your church with Great Commission fever, then challenge every member of your leadership team to read this book! Building a Contagious Church will help you customize an evangelistic strategy that really worksnot just for a while, but for the long haul. Developed by one of todays foremost leaders, educators, and practitioners of evangelismthe principal author of the highly effective Becoming a Contagious Christian curriculumthis books revolutionary insights have proved themselves time and again in all kinds of settings. So dare to get excited! This dynamic, highly adaptable approach is created to work not for some other church, but for your church. If youre ready for your leaders, members, and ministries to become fervent about reaching lost people for Christ and effective at doing so, Mark Mittelberg describes in detail how you can tailor-make: A Contagious PlanDefine the what, why, and how of your churchs outreach to people in the neighborhoods all around you. A Contagious Change ProcessFollow a 6-Stage Process that will help you raise the evangelistic temperature of your church, starting with the hearts of the leaders Contagious DiversityLearn to maximize outreach to all kinds of non-Christians by developing ministries and events around the six different evangelism styles. Contagious MinistryFind out how to unleash the kind of genuine, empowered ministry in your church that will impact your communityand your world. It doesnt matter whether your church is large or small, old or new, urban or suburban, upscale or downscale, high church or low church, says Mittelberg. Regardless of where youre starting from, Im confident that in the power of the Holy Spirit, you can take significant steps toward making your ministry more outwardly focused and evangelistically fruitful. Get ready for a revolution in how your people view and do evangelism. And prepare for the joyous adventure of aligning yourselves with Gods agenda of reaching and transforming human hearts.
Mark Mittelberg (MA, Trinity Evangelical Theological School) is an author, speaker, and evangelism strategist. He is coauthor with Bill Hybels of Becoming a Contagious Christian and coauthor with Bill Hybels and Lee Strobel of the Becoming a Contagious Christian curriculum. He previously served as evangelism leader for the Willow Creek Association.
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.
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