The Unchurched Next Door
If You Invite Them, They Will Come.It's true. In a national survey done by author Thom Rainer and his staff, eight out of ten unchurched men and women said they would come to church--if only someone would invite them. When...
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If You Invite Them, They Will Come.It's true. In a national survey done by author Thom Rainer and his staff, eight out of ten unchurched men and women said they would come to church--if only someone would invite them. When and how is the next big question. Rainer helps you figure out where your neighbors, friends, and coworkers are in their spiritual quest, and how you can know who among the unchurched people in your life are receptive to Christ.In this fascinating book, Rainer identifies five "faith stages"--levels of responsiveness, prefixed with a "U" for "Unchurched"--that represent your running buddy, your sister-in-law, or your hairdresser: U1 Highly receptive to hearing and believing the Good NewsU2 Receptive to the gospel and churchU3 Neutral, with no clear signs of being interested yet perhaps being open to discussionU4 Resistant to the gospel, but with no antagonistic attitudeU5 Highly antagonistic and even hostile to the gospel"A discovery we made is that reaching lost and
Thom S. Rainer (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He was founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His many books include Surprising Insights from the Unchurched,;The Unexpected Journey; Simple Church and Breakout Churches