Stepping into evangelism
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‘When Pharaoh kept the people of God slaves he instructed them to make bricks but didn’t give them the straw they needed to make them. Our God is entirely the opposite – God charges us with a task them gives us what we need. This resource is a gift from God, via Church Army, to enable each of us to live out the most freeing, exciting and life-giving of mandates that God offers: to be witnesses to Jesus Christ. This is just the kind of thing we need.’ The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Matt paperback book (almost square). Ten chapters:
Designed for individual use, but could be adapted for small group sessions, working through most of the chapters, one per session (probably eight sessions).
Adults, growing, individual, small groups, whole church
Very attractively produced matt booklet with clear text, photos and graphics.
Short introduction by The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell explains that this is an ‘exciting exploration of evangelism' with ‘practical suggestions on how to clarify ... your journey of faith' and ‘helpful pointers on how to share your story'. No other information.
Just the one book. Extremely clear layout and progression. Each chapter has text and responses. Nicely produced, with colour-shaded boxes for written replies to the questions. Mixture of material for both personal and group/church discussion makes this an unusual resource. However, although this book would need adaptation for group use, it is clear, concise and memorable, and deserves the effort.
A leader who is confident to adapt this for group use.
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Some chapters easy to adapt for group use; others will need more imagination, and exploration of suggested further resources.
Links to Church Army, which includes opportunities to get more involved, book a speaker.
Dependent on the leader, but the response questions, and many of the topics, need to be discussed in a group.
Dependent mainly on the leader, but the responses in each chapter vary in style so that would help to create variety.
Designed (presumably) for individual use, but could be adapted for small group sessions, working through a chapter per session. Easier for some chapters than others, and you may need to dream up some questions for a couple of the chapters, but the material gives plenty to think about and discuss.
This is partly why this clear and inspiring book would benefit from group use – much of the material is all about responding together as a church rather than just an individual. This includes working out how to tell your own story of becoming and being a Christian, and practising telling it. Chapters on practical implications for your local church community are included.
Biblical passages quoted as foundation for most of the topics.
Material is based around biblical concepts, including the homecoming of the prodigal son, the visit of Nicodemus, our being prepared to tell our story. Questions centre around the topic rather than the biblical passages.
Recognition that people around us face constant challenges in life, and that they need the hope offered in Jesus.
Evangelical. The founder of church Army, Wilson Carlile, was an ordained Anglican.
‘The goal is to see lives changed, hearts renewed and people transformed into agents of the kingdom themselves'. Focus is on learning how to share the good news in word and deed.
Good challenge to examine one's own commitment to telling people about Jesus; and the implications of this for lifestyle and activities.
Encouragement to pray for and take opportunities to tell others about what Jesus means to you; the ‘how-to' of leading someone to Jesus is included. Honest, clear and straight-forward. Good explanation about the rationale for fresh expression of church, with searching questions about the effectiveness of outreach into your community.
Realistic about the challenges of life; best seen in the community ideas.
Very practical motivation and opportunities to work out how to tell your story in helpful ways. Concise and accessible material.
Fabulous ideas for community involvement. Not to be missed.
Not a focus.
Implicit in rationale