The Celtic Way of Evangelism, Tenth Anniversary Edition - eBook  -     By: George G. Hunter III
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Celtic Christianity - the form of Christian faith that flourished among the people of Ireland during the Middle Ages - has gained a great deal of attention lately. George G. Hunter III (Christian, Evangelical, and...Democrat?) points out that, while the attention paid to the Celtic Christians is well deserved, much of it fails to recognize the true genius of this ancient form of Christianity. What many contemporary Christians do not realize is that Celtic Christianity was one of the most successfully evangelistic branches of the church in history. The Celtic church converted Ireland from paganism to Christianity in a remarkably short period, and then proceeded to send missionaries throughout Europe.
North America is today in the same situation as the environment in which the early Celtic preachers found their mission fields: unfamiliar with the Christian message, yet spiritually seeking and open to a vibrant new faith. If we are to spread the gospel in this culture of secular seekers, we would do well to learn from the Celts. Their ability to work with the beliefs of those they evangelized, to adapt worship and church life to the indigenous patterns they encountered, remains unparalleled in Christian history. If we are to succeed in "reaching the West...again," then we must begin by learning from these powerful witnesses to the saving love of Jesus Christ.

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Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 9781426712340
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Celtic Christianity—the form of Christian faith that flourished among the people of Ireland during the Middle Ages—has gained a great deal of attention lately. George G. Hunter III points out that, while the attention paid to the Celtic Christians is well deserved, much of it fails to recognize the true genius of this ancient form of Christianity. What many contemporary Christians do not realize is that Celtic Christianity was one of the most successfully evangelistic branches of the church in history. The Celtic church converted Ireland from paganism to Christianity in a remarkably short period, and then proceeded to send missionaries throughout Europe. North America is today in the same situation as the environment in which the early Celtic preachers found their mission fields: unfamiliar with the Christian message, yet spiritually seeking, and open to a vibrant new faith. If we are to spread the gospel in this culture of secular seekers, we would do well to learn from the Celts. Their ability to work with the beliefs of those they evangelized, to adapt worship and church life to the indigenous patterns they encountered, remains unparalleled in Christian history. If we are to succeed in “reaching the West . . . again,” then we must begin by learning from these powerful witnesses to the saving love of Jesus Christ.

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George Hunter is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus of Asbury Theological Seminary’s School of World Mission and Evangelism, where he served as Dean for 18 years and Distinguished Professor for 10 years. He served as the founding dean of Asbury's E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism. A sought-after speaker and workshop leader, he is one of the country's foremost experts on evangelism and church growth. He has written over a dozen books,including, How To Reach Secular People, Church for the UnchurchedThe Celtic Way of Evangelism, Leading and Managing a Growing ChurchRadical Outreach: Recovering Apostolic Ministry and Evangelism, Christian,Evangelical and . . . Democrat?, The Apostolic Congregation: Church Growth Reconceived for a New Generation, and (forthcoming) The Recovery of a Contagious Methodist Movement—all published by Abingdon Press.
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George Hunter is Distinguished Professor, Emeritusof Asbury Theological Seminary’s School of World Mission and Evangelism, wherehe served as Dean for 18 years and Distinguished Professor for 10 years.  Previously, he served a county seat town church in Florida and a congregation of West Indian people in Birmingham, England.  He taught evangelism at S.M.U.’s Perkins School of Theology and then served as United Methodism’s executive for evangelism.  His writing, teaching, consulting, advocacy, and ministry are recognized nationally and globally.

 

Born in 1938 in Louisville, Kentucky, Hunter was afflicted with the full name of George Gill Hunter III.  His friends call him “Chuck”, a lifetime nickname.  Chuck is a former high school and college baseball player, and later competed as a “fastpitch” softball pitcher and a weight lifter.  He still “pumps iron” and recently became a Certified Fitness Trainer.  He has also returned to his adolescent interest in Magic, especially Mental Magic.

Hunter’s research and writing often focus on “apostolic” ministry and communication with the West’s growing numberof “secular” people who have no Christian memory.  His teaching ministry has engaged a full range of denominations in the USA and churches in many other countries— including Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, England, Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Moldova, and Brazil.  He has written over a dozen books including, How To Reach Secular People, Church for the UnchurchedThe Celtic Way of Evangelism, Leading and Managing a Growing ChurchRadical Outreach: Recovering Apostolic Ministry and Evangelism, Christian, Evangelical and . . . Democrat?, The Apostolic Congregation: Church Growth Reconceived for a New Generation, and (forthcoming) The Recovery of a Contagious Methodist Movement—all published by Abingdon Press.

 

 

 

George Hunter was educated at Florida Southern College, Emory University, Princeton Theological Seminary, andNorthwestern University (Ph.D.) He is married to the former Ella Fay Price, and has three children-- Gill, Monica, and Donald, and two grandsons—Simeon andAbram.  He is an ordained ministerin the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, and served as adelegate to his Church’s 1984 and 1996 General Conferences and to the 1984,1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conferences.

 

Hunter received the UnitedMethodist Council on Evangelism’s Philip award for leadership inEvangelism.  He served as presidentof The Academy for Evangelism, and later received the academy’s Charles G.Finney award for scholarship in Christian Evangelism.  He served as president of The American Society for Church Growth, and later received the Society’s Donald McGavran award for leadership in Church Growth.

Hunter continues as part-time Distinguished Professor of Evangelization in Asbury’s School of World Missionand Evangelism, which educates missionaries, pastors, scholars, evangelists, trainers, church planters, lay leaders, change agents, and national church leaders for the Christian mission. The school, named for E. Stanley Jones, was the first “to declare North America and Europe as among the world’s mission fields” and to feature thisperspective within its curriculum.The school offers several degree programs, including a Ph.D.   Hunter claims, “More can now be known about how to engage pre-Christian people and spread the gospel than we have ever known before.  Churcheswho love God with their minds, as well as their hearts, can experiencecontagious Christian movements in their communities.”

 

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    This book was recommended to me several years ago as a motivational resource to help reach "postmoderns" with the Gospel. George Hunter digs back into the early centuries of church history, namely the early Middle Ages when the Christian message began to spread to the barbaric peoples of what we now call the British Isles. He does a masterful job retelling the story of Patrick, as well as men like Columba and Aidan whose hearts and labors for reaching the unreached need to be remembered. The author sets up a clear contrast between the informal (dare we say "spontaneous") form of Celtic mission with the more sedate and structured form of Roman evangelism. In addition, he cites how Francis of Assisi and John Wesley later employed the Celtic method of evangelism. Many valid points are made in reaching the otherwise-unreached in every age...those whom we might today call "the outcasts of society." Many of his statements are quite convicting when we consider how many (most) churches and believers neglect the practical application of the Great Commission in our time, especially through indigenous means. While I found a number of the remarks of this Methodist professor offending my Reformed sensibilities, my missional heart was also stirred. As I reflected upon this tension, I was challenged to evaluate myself in light of the Celtic way of sharing the Gospel. Hunter extracts and systematizes many of the principles of this early evangelistic movement, shows how it helped "save civilization" (cf. Thomas Cahill), and makes application to the church today. Although I could not entirely agree with some of his basic theological premises (such as what I perceived to be a "soft" view of depravity and a "weak" view of divine sovereignty) and some of the examples he shares for reaching today's most outcast "seekers," this book is well worth the investment of purchase price and time.
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    The author makes a point of emphasizing a third method of evangelism, neither Roman Catholic nor protestant. He makes clear sense of his hypothesis in the first chapter. He describes Patrick out among the sinners, thieves, and drunkards rahter than cloistered among his churched friends. (Sound familiar?; think Jesus.) Patrick knew the Celtic culture and language. He did not try to impose his own on them. The author describes the Patrick method of church planting and then leaving a trusted protege behind in charge. Then Patrick would head out and plant another church. He just kept repeating the process for 28 years and converted a large portion of rank barbarians to Christianity. Excellent recount of two miracles in Patrick's life that turned him from a slave to a bishop. Well worth a read if you are serious about sharing the gospel effectively with humility. If you are a protestant, do not be put off by the modern association of Patrick with Roman Catholism. Celtic evangelism predates anything like this and also the protestant reformation by a millinium.
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