Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them

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Harper Collins, 2001 - Religion - 281 pages
We’ve read all the hot books on evangelism, we’ve attended scores of seminars—and still we’re not reaching the unchurched. Eighty to ninety percent of churchless Americans will never darken our culturally relevant, seeker-sensitive doors. What are we missing?Maybe we’ve been asking the wrong people. Instead of consulting the unchurched masses, it’s time we heard what the small but important minority who have recently begun attending a church have to say. What made the difference for them? What critical factors helped spark their faith in Jesus and drew them into the community of believers?Thom S. Rainer, dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth, shares the results and conclusions of his school’s groundbreaking survey of the formerly unchurched. At last, here are proven insights into what evangelistically effective churches are doing right. Flying in the face of much contemporary wisdom, the answers will surprise you.This is truly one of the most valuable resources you can own as a church leader. Filled with charts, graphs, and other visual aids, plus an abundance of true-life accounts, this book explodes common myths about the unchurched. You’ll discoverWhy pastors and doctrinal preaching are critical The enormous influence of family and relationships Which things matter more than we’d thought, and which matter less What causes visitors to return The traits of unchurched-reaching leaders How to preach effectively to the unchurched How to become a church for the unchurched And much, much moreThis eye-opening compendium of information includes reproducible appendices that can help you fine-tune or even restructure your church. From one of the nations foremost authorities on evangelism and church growth, here are insights and tools that will change the way you think of and deal with--and win--unchurched men and women who long to connect with God.Photocopyable material includes Unchurched-Reaching Readiness Inventory Church Health Survey
 

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User Review  - theedge77 - LibraryThing

Very intriguing study. Rainer interviewed various persons who would be considered 'unchurched' and had recently accepted Christ and stuck with a church. He asks them questions as to what drew them to ... Read full review

User Review  - Charlene Williams - Christianbook.com

This is a GREAT book, and an easy read. I would recommend it to both clergy and lay persons. It has opened my eyes, and I plan to share it with others. We are currently reaching out to the unchurched and are putting more emphasis on evangalism. It is going to be a tremendous help. Read full review

Contents

LIST OF FIGURES
15
Factors in Choosing a Church
21
PART
31
L3 The Importance of Church Names
39
L10 Family Member with the Greatest Influence
49
Pastors and Preaching Are Critical
55
Relationships That Click
69
3+l Factors in Church Selection
71
Leaders of Churches
137
7+9 Characteristics in Leading the Local Church
153
What Makes These Leaders Tick?
157
Raising Leadership Issues
173
9+l Influence of Experiences of Success
177
An Honest Look at Their Personal Strengths
187
Preaching that Connects with the Unchurched
209
APPENDIX
235

Impressed by First Impressions
87
5 Why They Returned and Stayed
107
5+5 Adults Attending Sunday School
119
Doctrine Really Matters
125
APPENDIX
251
APPENDIX
271
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Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. He served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. Rainer graduated from the University of Alabama in 1977. He earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues, Rainer led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. Rainer is the author of twenty-two books, including Breakout Churches, Simple Life, Simple Church, Raising Dad, The Millennials, and Essential Church. His book, I Am a Church Member, hit #1 on the CBA best-seller list.

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