Becoming a Contagious Christian: Communicating Your Faith in a Style That Fits You (Participant's Guide)
This proven resource from Willow Creek is designed to equip believers for effective relational evangelism in today's world. The main component is a 2-DVD set presenting six 50 minute sessions that feature dramas, vignettes, interviews, and person-on-the-street segments. Included with...
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This proven resource from Willow Creek is designed to equip believers for effective relational evangelism in today's world. The main component is a 2-DVD set presenting six 50 minute sessions that feature dramas, vignettes, interviews, and person-on-the-street segments. Included with the DVD set is a 40 page Leader's Guide. Course participants require this separately sold Participant's Guide, which contains the exercises, discussion points, and self-assessments that accompany each DVD session.
Releasing the hidden evangelist in every Christian---Picture all of your church members as evangelists who: Demonstrate a contagious Christian character ... Build spiritually strategic relationships ... Direct conversations toward matters of faith ... Communicate their faith in a style that's personal and natural ... Explain biblical truths in a style that's personal and natural ... Explain biblical truths in everyday language ... Respond to the most common objections to Christianity. Becoming a Contagious Christian is a proven course designed to equip believers for effective evangelism in today's world. It avoids stereotyped approaches that feel intimidating to many Christians. Instead, it shows ordinary believers how they can share the gospel in a natural and powerful way while being the person God made them to be. Each session's exercises, discussions, self-assessments, and video vignettes give step-by-step guidance to help participants become effective communicators for Christ to those around them. Used with nearly 1,000,000 people---Becoming a Contagious Christian is an innovative and unparalleled program for training Christians in relational evangelism. Becoming a Contagious Christian works with any size group, from small groups of 4-9 to Sunday school classes and other large groups of 10 to 150 or more. It can be presented successfully in any of the following formats: ---Three sessions of two hours each---Six sessions of 50 minutes each---One, two, or three-day retreats---Or adapt it to fit the needs of your church! Becoming a Contagious Christian materials include: ---2 DVD Videos---Leader's Guide---Participant's Guide---PowerPoint CD-ROM---copy of Becoming a Contagious Christian book. These components are also available separately. 6 sessions (flexible format); 2 180-minute DVD videos.
Atheist-turned-Christian, Lee Strobel is the former award-winning legal affairs editor of The Chicago Tribune. He holds a Master of Studies in Law degree, as well as a journalism degree and was a professional journalist for 14 years, winning Illinois' top honours for investigative reporting and public service journalism from United Press International.
In 1981, after a two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Lee received Christ as his Saviour, and subsequently became a teaching pastor at two of America's largest churches - Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago in 1987 and Saddleback Valley Community Church, California in 2000. In 2002 he left Saddleback's staff to focus on writing.
A New York Times best-selling author of nearly 20 books, he has been described by the Washington Post as "one of the evangelical community's most popular apologists." His journey from atheism to faith has been documented in the Gold Medallion-winning books The Case for Christ, Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary and The Case for Faith.
His other best-sellers include Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage, which he co-authored with his wife, Leslie; God's Outrageous Claims and What Jesus Would Say? Lee also shared the prestigious ECPA Jordon Christian Book of the Year award in 2005 for a curriculum he co-authored about the movie The Passion of the Christ.
Lee is also co-author of the Becoming a Contagious Christian training curriculum, which is used around the world. And his articles have been published in a variety of magazines, including Discipleship Journal, Marriage Partnership, The Christian Research Journal, Guideposts, and Decision. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for Outreach on-line magazine.
Lee and Leslie have been married for 33 years and live in Southern California. They have a daughter, Alison, and son Kyle who is married to Kellie, both Alison and Kyle are writers.
Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, one of the largest and most influential churches in North America, and the chairman of the board for Willow Creek Association. He convened The Global Leadership Summit in 1995, following a God-given prompting to help raise and develop the spiritual gift of leadership for the local church.
Both visionary and passionate about seeing every local church reach its full God-given potential, he speaks around the world on strategic issues related to leadership, evangelism, and church growth. An exceptional communicator, he is a best-selling author of more than 20 books on personal evangelism, marriage and especially on the subject of Christian leadership, including Just Walk Across the Room, Courageous Leadership and the newly released, The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God and Having the Guts to Respond.
Bill received a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, IL. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and one grandson.
Mark Mittelberg (MA, Trinity Evangelical Theological School) is the primary author of the celebrated Becoming a Contagious Christian training course, the coauthor with Bill Hybels of the bestselling book Becoming a Contagious Christian, the author of Building a Contagious Church, and The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People about Jesus., and contributing editor of The Journey: A Bible for the Spiritually Curious. He has been the evangelism leader for the Willow Creek Association for more than a decade, and speaks on evangelism to leaders all around the world