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Do They Run When They See You Coming?

Jonathan Mckee

Do They Run When They See You Coming?

Jonathan Mckee

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A book that educates youth workers and student leaders about the unchurched student - teens that aren't making it to church for some reason or another. The book gets in the mind of unchurched students and examines what they think of God, of the church, and of Christians. It goes further to explore the needs of these individuals, the subgroups they fit into, and the ministry methods they actually respond to. The book doesn't just give information about this group that isn't making it inside the church walls, it provides tangible guidelines and attainable methods to reach them - including real-life examples of youth ministries that are doing this well!

Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers
Five facts about the unchurched:
1. They believe all religions have value.
2. They are spiritual, not religious.
3. They don't know what Christianity really is.
4. They don't know what they believe.
5. They are looking for something that works.
If you want to make an impact on this generation, these are five basic rules you must understand. Author Jonathan McKee writes that by taking the time to learn students' unique situations you show you care about them as people, not as mission projects.

Informative and full of real-life examples, DO THEY RUN WHEN THEY SEE YOU COMING? provides vital information you need to better understand students outside your youth group. Yet this book isn't a sociological or marketing survey; the tangible guidelines and methods inside help you get into the mind of unchurched students - so you can get to know their hearts. Because, as every youth worker knows, real ministry is always about getting to the heart.


- Publisher

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About "Do They Run When They See You Coming?"

A book that educates youth workers and student leaders about the unchurched student - teens that aren't making it to church for some reason or another. The book gets in the mind of unchurched students and examines what they think of God, of the church, and of Christians. It goes further to explore the needs of these individuals, the subgroups they fit into, and the ministry methods they actually respond to. The book doesn't just give information about this group that isn't making it inside the church walls, it provides tangible guidelines and attainable methods to reach them - including real-life examples of youth ministries that are doing this well!

Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers
Five facts about the unchurched:
1. They believe all religions have value.
2. They are spiritual, not religious.
3. They don't know what Christianity really is.
4. They don't know what they believe.
5. They are looking for something that works.
If you want to make an impact on this generation, these are five basic rules you must understand. Author Jonathan McKee writes that by taking the time to learn students' unique situations you show you care about them as people, not as mission projects.

Informative and full of real-life examples, DO THEY RUN WHEN THEY SEE YOU COMING? provides vital information you need to better understand students outside your youth group. Yet this book isn't a sociological or marketing survey; the tangible guidelines and methods inside help you get into the mind of unchurched students - so you can get to know their hearts. Because, as every youth worker knows, real ministry is always about getting to the heart.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Jonathan Mckee

andnbsp;Jonathan McKee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of numerous books including Ministry By Teenagers, Connect, andandnbsp;the award winning book Do They Run When They See You Coming? Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and school assemblies, all while providing free resources for youth workers on his website, www.TheSource4YM.com. SPANISH BIO: Jonathan McKee es president y fundador de www.thesource4ym.comuno orgaizacion sin fines de lucro dedicado a proveer herramienas gratis para lideres jueveniles alrededor del muno. Jonathan comenzo su correro

Table Of Contents

  • Table Of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword By Chap Clark
  • Chapter 1: Youth Ministry In One Word
  • Chapter 2: I Thought I Already Had Compassion
  • Looking At 'the Unchurched' Through Diff Erent Eyes
  • Chapter 3: In The Minds Of Unchurched Students
  • Why They Think What They Think
  • Chapter 4: A Rude Awakening
  • How I Fi Nally Realized That 'sharing My Faith' Starts With My Faith
  • Chapter 5: Do They Run When They See You Coming?
  • How To Never Reach Students
  • Chapter 6: Reaching...not Repelling
  • Developing A Relational Approach
  • Chapter 7: Finding Frames
  • Communicating In A Language They Understand
  • Chapter 8: Building Bridges
  • Moving Beyond Everyday Conversations To Sharing The Gospel
  • Chapter 9: Door-opening Questions
  • Nothing Sparks Interest Better Than Well-placed Questions
  • Chapter 10: Focus On Christ (it's More Than A Tract)
  • Sharing Jesus' Story Simply, Clearly, And Memorably
  • Chapter 11: The Key To Follow-up
  • Getting Them Plugged In
  • Chapter 12: Outreach In Action: What It Looks Like

Excerpt

Excerpt from: Do They Run When They See You Coming?

Do They Run When They See You Coming? Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers Youth Ministry in One Word I'm thinking we're missing something here. I think we're missing the big picture. I don't want ministry programming tips... just tell me what you think youth ministry is all about. As a matter of fact, just give me the one word you think youth ministry is all about! Th anks, Bryan ~ Dear Bryan, LOVE Jonathan ~ Dear Jonathan, Hey, thanks for getting back to me so soon. Okay, you took me seriously. Now forget all that stuff about one word. Love isn't the answer I want. I mean---it's cool and all---it's probably even right. But I just need you to expand on it a little bit. How do we reach the kids outside our church walls? How do we reach unchurched students? Bryan One Word How do you sum up students reaching other students in one word? How do you verbalize---in one word---youth leaders reaching out to youth? Let's go to the only place I know to go: the Word of God. Jesus was asked basically the same question in Matthew 22, Mark 12, and Luke 10. Th e conversation went something like this: 'Okay, Jesus---then what is the most important thing? Don't give me the long answer, just what is the bottom line?' Jesus answered, 'Love God...love others.' Th at's what it comes down to. Love. Bringing God to People Our church has a missionary in Laos named Jim Gustufson. Jim told us about a church he visited in Th ailand. It was a church founded by Westerners from America, reaching Th ai people. Jim told us about a Sunday when he arrived at the church early. Other than himself, the fi rst person to arrive was a woman who walked in dancing, singing in Th ai, and praising God for what he had done that week in her life. Two more people walked in singing together and praising God. Th is happened more and more until the audience was fi lled with people singing songs in Th ai and praising God for what he had done. Th en Jim told us about someone else who walked into the church. Th is person didn't dance or sing. With his head down, he walked in and stepped onto the stage---and the Lord left! Th e place went silent as the American pastor took his place on stage, opened the American hymn book as stoically as possible, and announced, 'Everyone turn to page 256 and let's begin worship this morning.' Ironically, that call to worship ended any worship that was going on. Many of us use the terminology 'bring someone to Christ' or 'lead someone to Christ.' However, Jim made an important point. In the Bible, the Gospel of John says that when Jesus came to earth, 'the Word became fl esh and dwelt among us.' Jesus left his seat next to God to be with us---to come to us. Let's not forget about the greatest act of love in history---God brought Jesus to us! Th is American pastor simply brought Western rituals and religion to an Eastern culture. He didn't let the people meet Jesus where they were. Instead he tried to bring them to Jesus via a Western tradition they didn't understand. We don't need to bring people to Christ; we need to bring Christ to them. A fast-food restaurant by my house just went out of business. Every time I went in there, the people behind the counter were always rude and preoccupied with their own business. Many times, as I was trying to order my combo number three with no pickles, the cashier would start arguing with the fry guy. Often customers would be waiting for service while the manager was trying to resolve the most recent scheduling problems or employee strife. Well, it wasn't long before they were out of business. I know why. Th ey forgot what they were there to do. Th ey forgot that a fast-food chain does not exist in order to highlight the concerns of those who are working behind the counter. Th e whole reason a fast-food chain exists is to provide food for the people out there---on the other side of the counter. Sadly, that can be true of us today. As believers we get so caught up with what's going on inside the church walls while we're shepherding our own people that we forget about the people out there. We forget one of the main reasons we still exist on this planet is to 'go and make disciples of all nations.' So how do we reach those who aren't coming into the walls of the church? How do we bring Christ to them? It starts with compassion. Youth Ministry in One Word

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 224021
  • Product Code 0310256607
  • EAN 9780310256601
  • UPC 025986256609
  • Pages 160
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Youth Ministry
  • Sub-Category Youth Leaders
  • Publisher Youth Specialties
  • Publication Date Dec 2004
  • Sales Rank #18424
  • Dimensions 203 x 133 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.154kg

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