:Most Christians are stuck in the huddle. Even though we believe in outreach, most communities tend to focus on our own needs. That turns us into insular groups without many relationships with outsiders. So evangelism is occasional and conversions...
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:Most Christians are stuck in the huddle.Even though we believe in outreach, most communities tend to focus on our own needs. That turns us into insular groups without many relationships with outsiders. So evangelism is occasional and conversions are rare. How do we change?In their groundbreaking book I Once Was Lost, Don Everts and Doug Schaupp identified five thresholds that individuals cross when they shift from being skeptics to followers. Now they and Val Gordon show how huddled communities can become witnessing communities and then conversion communities, where evangelistic growth becomes the new normal. The authors have studied the growth of congregations, what enhances and limits them, and have gathered best practices for transformation. Our churches and fellowships can become places where evangelism is not done by a just few people, but where the whole community itself becomes a winsome, thriving witness to those around it.Break out of the huddle. Find out how.
Val Gordon is a consultant with the learning and talent department of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She previously served InterVarsity as associate regional director of New England. She lives with her family in Mystic, Connecticut.
Don Everts has worked on college campuses for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA since 1994. Currently an area director with InterVarsity, he is based in Boulder, Colorado, and is a popular conference speaker.
His books include Jesus with Dirty Feet, The Smell of Sin, God in the Flesh, Getting Your Feet Dirty and most recently the four part One Guy's Head Series which includes All the Ideas Living in My Head: One Guy's Musings About Truth; The Dirty Beggar Living in My Head: One Guy's Musings About Evil and Hell; The Fingerless Lady Living in My Head: One Guy's Musings About Tolerance and The Old Man Living in My Head: One Guy's Musings About the Bible.
Most recently he has written with Don Shaupp Pathways to Jesus.
Doug Schaupp is regional director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's campus ministries in Southern California. A writer and teacher, he focuses on racial issues, postmodern evangelism and leadership development. He is based in Los Angeles and graduated from Fuller Seminary. He is the co-author of Being White: Finding Our Place in a Multiethnic World with Paula Harris, and I Once Was Lost: What Postmodern Skeptics Taught Us About Their Path to Jesus (Pathway to Jesus: Crossing the thresholds of faith (English Edition) with Doug Everts.
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- :introduction: A Case For Hope
- <strong>part I: Three Types Of Communities</strong>
- 1. Huddled Communities: Limited Witness2. Witnessing Communities: Engaged In Witness3. Conversion Communities: Aligned Around Witness
- <strong>part Ii: Two Macrostrategies For Breaking The Huddle</strong>
- 4. Nurture Discipleship Momentum5. Mobilize Relational Evangelism
- <strong>part Iii: Two Macrostrategies For Becoming A Conversion Community</strong>
- 6. Embrace God Movements7. Align Vision, Structures And People
- <strong>part Iv: Leadership Lessons</strong>
- 8. Leading Your Community Through Change9. Be The Change
- Conclusion: Great Joy In The Workacknowledgmentssupplemental Materials Available Onlinenotes