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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