You Found Me: New Research on How Unchurched Nones, Millennials, and Irreligious Are Surprisingly Open to Christian Faith
:Many bemoan the decline of the church. We hear a steady stream of reports about how droves of people, especially younger generations, are abandoning Christianity. But new research shows that unchurched Americans are surprisingly more receptive and open to...
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:Many bemoan the decline of the church. We hear a steady stream of reports about how droves of people, especially younger generations, are abandoning Christianity. But new research shows that unchurched Americans are surprisingly more receptive and open to the Christian faith than is commonly assumed. Researcher and practitioner Rick Richardson unveils the findings of the Billy Graham Center Institute's groundbreaking studies on the unchurched. A study of 2000 unchurched people across the country reveals that the unchurched are still remarkably open to faith conversations and the church. Even unchurched "nones" and millennials are quite receptive if they are approached in particular ways. In this book you will also find best practices from further research into the top ten percent of churches that most effectively reach the unchurched. People who were previously unchurched share what actually moved them to faith and Christian commitment. And the research shows that churches and organizations can be transformed to become places where conversion growth becomes the new normal. If people tell you "the sky is falling," don't believe them. In today's troubled world, unchurched and unbelieving people are newly receptive to hearing good news. You can lead the change that will help your church reach people-who then reach others.
Rick Richardson (Ph.D., Intercultural Studies Trinity International University) is Associate Professor at Wheaton College and Director of M.A. in Evangelism and Leadership. Rick is also an Associate Evangelist with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, he has been in campus ministry for 20 years, regularly speaking and ministering as an evangelist on campuses in many different parts of the United States.
Rick seeks to bring together his passions for evangelism, prayer and racial reconciliation in order to cast vision and equip an emerging postmodern generation in ministry for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is evidenced in his award winning publications all produced by Intervarsity Press Reimagining Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey, Experiencing Healing Prayer: How God Turns our Hurts into Wholeness, The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change, co-authored with Brenda Salter McNeil, Groups Investigating God Bible Study Series: Sex, Spirituality, Finding God and Following After God, Circles of Belonging, and Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good News (nearly 30,000 copies sold, being used in 10+ seminaries and colleges as an Evangelism textbook).
- :foreword By Ed Stetzer
- 1. Introduction: The Challenge Congregations Face In America
- <strong>part 1: Recovering A Missional Imagination For The Unchurched In America</strong>
- 2. Exposing Common Myths About Unchurched Americans
- 3. Embracing A New Narrative About The Unchurched
- 4. Engaging The Receptive Millennials, Nones, And Nominals In Your Life
- 5. Exploring The Conversion Community Equation
- <strong>part 2: Developing Missional Leaders</strong>
- 6. Modeling Outreach Others Can Imitate
- 7. Multiplying Missional Leaders
- <strong>part 3: Cultivating A Missional Congregation</strong>
- 8. Belonging To The Broader Community
- 9. Blessing The World To Reach The World
- 10. Bringing The Community To Church
- 11. Building A Community Of The Beloved Through Hospitality
- 12. Conclusion: From A Conversion Community To A Conversion Movement
- Appendix 1: Billy Graham Center Resources
- Appendix 2: Contributing Research Projects