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Searching For Seekers

Mary Scifres

Searching For Seekers

Mary Scifres

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Seeker Services! They are popping up on church signs all over town -- special times of worship designed to attract those who have had little or no exposure to the Christian faith, and for whom traditional worship is often uninviting and uninspired. They are held in church sanctuaries and high school gymnasiums, on Sunday morning and Saturday night, with large crowds or small groups. What they have in common is the intention to reach those whom the church has not effectively reached before.But who are these "seekers" anyway? What are they looking for when they show up at these various meetings? Does scheduling worship at a different time and throwing in some different hymns and prayers mean that they are hearing God's call to salvation and discipleship?If we are to reach this new generation of the unchurched, Mary J. Scifres argues, we must understand who they are. There are many different types of seekers, and many different spiritual needs and hungers they bring with them to church. Some, for example, are what the author calls the "Sunday School Unchurched, " those who have a background in the faith as children, yet who dropped out of the church as adolescents and now come seeking a new, more mature experience of God. Others are the "Anti-Church Unchurched, " who grew up in an environment hostile or indifferent to organized religion, yet who have a deep longing for spiritual connection. The needs and expectations of these and other seekers are often very different, and if the healing word of the gospel is to reach them, church leaders must understand these different motivations and needs. This book provides pastors and other church leaders with a thoughtful, yet practical,introduction to who seekers are, and how the church might best minister to them.

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- Publisher Seekers are those who have had little or no exposure to the faith, and for whom traditional worship is often uninviting and uninspired. While not in tune with the language and structures of traditional church, they are grasped by a deep longing for connection with God and people of faith. Containing sample services for different kinds of "Seeker-friendly" worship services, this book will provide pastors and other church leaders with a thoughtful, yet practical introduction to who Seekers are and how the church might best minister to them.

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About "Searching For Seekers"

Seeker Services! They are popping up on church signs all over town -- special times of worship designed to attract those who have had little or no exposure to the Christian faith, and for whom traditional worship is often uninviting and uninspired. They are held in church sanctuaries and high school gymnasiums, on Sunday morning and Saturday night, with large crowds or small groups. What they have in common is the intention to reach those whom the church has not effectively reached before.But who are these "seekers" anyway? What are they looking for when they show up at these various meetings? Does scheduling worship at a different time and throwing in some different hymns and prayers mean that they are hearing God's call to salvation and discipleship?If we are to reach this new generation of the unchurched, Mary J. Scifres argues, we must understand who they are. There are many different types of seekers, and many different spiritual needs and hungers they bring with them to church. Some, for example, are what the author calls the "Sunday School Unchurched, " those who have a background in the faith as children, yet who dropped out of the church as adolescents and now come seeking a new, more mature experience of God. Others are the "Anti-Church Unchurched, " who grew up in an environment hostile or indifferent to organized religion, yet who have a deep longing for spiritual connection. The needs and expectations of these and other seekers are often very different, and if the healing word of the gospel is to reach them, church leaders must understand these different motivations and needs. This book provides pastors and other church leaders with a thoughtful, yet practical,introduction to who seekers are, and how the church might best minister to them.
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176 Pages
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Seekers are those who have had little or no exposure to the faith, and for whom traditional worship is often uninviting and uninspired. While not in tune with the language and structures of traditional church, they are grasped by a deep longing for connection with God and people of faith. Containing sample services for different kinds of "Seeker-friendly" worship services, this book will provide pastors and other church leaders with a thoughtful, yet practical introduction to who Seekers are and how the church might best minister to them.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Mary Scifres

Mary J. Scifres serves as a consultant in leadership, worship, and evangelism from her Gig Harbor home near Seattle, Washington. Her books include The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner and its ecumenical counterpart Prepare!, and the worship evangelism book Searching for Seekers.

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  • Catalogue Code 129875
  • Product Code 0687005523
  • EAN 9780687005529
  • Pages 176
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Church Life/issues
  • Publisher Abingdon Press
  • Publication Date Nov 1998
  • Dimensions 222 x 152 x 13 mm
  • Weight 0.249kg

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