The number one thing most people are looking for in a church is authentic community. With this in mind, veteran pastor Scott Wilkins sets out a unique approach to church growth that emphasises the power of hospitality and genuine long-term...
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The number one thing most people are looking for in a church is authentic community. With this in mind, veteran pastor Scott Wilkins sets out a unique approach to church growth that emphasises the power of hospitality and genuine long-term relationships. This is an easy-to-learn, low pressure, team-based strategy that can be implemented in any congregation. 272 pages, from Baker.
The number one thing most people are looking for in a church is authentic relationships. What better way to reach the unchurched than to build relationships that will draw them into the church and help them feel at home? Scott Wilkins shows churches the power of hospitality and genuine, long-term relationships in the unique approach to evangelism he calls "R.E.A.C.H.--Relational Evangelism And Cultivational Hospitality. The "REACH strategy is an easy-to-learn, low-pressure, team approach that can be implemented by churches of all sizes and denominations. This book will give pastors, church and parachurch leaders, and even lay readers all they need to start using this practical strategy to help their church members invest in people and invite them in.
Witnessing can be intimidating. But with REACH, it doesn't have to beREACH stands for Relational Evangelism And Cultivational Hospitality. This team approach is easy to learn and implement and provides the number one thing people look for in a church: authentic relationships. Working together to perform acts of kindness and hospitality, REACH Team members form relationships with people in their communities, creating opportunities for evangelism and drawing people to Christ and into active membership in the church. This motivational book includes a student manual to help pastors show students how to apply their faith to everyday life. Ministry leaders will also find the practical details they need to build team ministry, encourage their congregation to share the gospel, and implement the REACH strategy in their church. Developed and tested over twenty years of ministry, the REACH approach will help churches cultivate the authentic relationships people are searching for and succeed in bringing others to Christ."I share Scott Wilkins's passion for evangelism. The strategy of targeting seekers through relationship building is a great one. I hope that REACH touches many lives, one relationship at a time."-Rick Warren, senior pastor, Saddleback Church"It works! Regardless of the approach a church uses to equip believers to witness, REACH is a relationally focused deployment strategy that engages witnesses in the lives of the unsaved."-John O. Yarbrough, vice president, evangelization, North America Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention
Scott G. Wilkins (M.Div., D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a veteran pastor, having served over twenty-two years in churches in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, and Kentucky. He presently serves as the lead pastor of Master's Church, a new high-impact church plant in Lexington, Kentucky. He and his wife, Patty, have three children. This is his first book.