Becoming a Contagious Christian: Overhead Masters


Becoming a Contagious Christian is a proven course designed to equip believers for effective evangelism in today's world. It avoids stereotyped approaches that feel intimidating to many Christians. Instead, it shows ordinary believers how they can share the Gospel in a natural and powerful way while being the person God made them to be. Each session's exercises, discussions, self-assessments, and video vignettes give step-by-step guidance to help participants become effective communicators for Christ to those ...

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Becoming a Contagious Christian is a proven course designed to equip believers for effective evangelism in today's world. It avoids stereotyped approaches that feel intimidating to many Christians. Instead, it shows ordinary believers how they can share the Gospel in a natural and powerful way while being the person God made them to be. Each session's exercises, discussions, self-assessments, and video vignettes give step-by-step guidance to help participants become effective communicators for Christ to those around them. There's even a section on everyday answers that will help believers respond to difficult questions regarding Christianity.

Not a book of theory or speculation, here is a proven action plan to impacting the spiritual lives of friends, family members, co-workers, and others. Powerful stories and teachings help readers to gain hope that their friends' lives can change, get free from the misconceptions of evangelism, discover a natural approach to communicating their faith, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310500919
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 8.61 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Mittelberg (MA, Trinity Evangelical Theological School) is an author, speaker, and evangelism strategist. He is coauthor with Bill Hybels of Becoming a Contagious Christian and coauthor with Bill Hybels and Lee Strobel of the Becoming a Contagious Christian curriculum. He previously served as evangelism leader for the Willow Creek Association. Mark Mittelberbg es autor, conferencista y estratega de evangelismo. Es coautor con Bill Hybels de Conviertase en un cristiano contagioso y con Lee Strobel de Aventura Inesperada. Junto a Bill Hybels y Lee Strobel es coautor del programa de estudio Conviertase en un cristiano contagioso. Anteriormente sirvio como lider de evangelismo para Willow Creek Association.

Lee Strobel (, with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, was the award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and a spiritual skeptic until 1981. His books include four Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Christian Book of the Year (coauthored with Garry Poole). He and his wife live in Colorado. Lee Strobel tiene una licenciatura en periodismo de la Universidad de Missouri y una maestria en estudio de leyes de la Universidad Yale. Fue el galardonado editor legal del periodico Chicago Tribune y esceptico espiritual hasta el ano 1981. Es autor de exitos de ventas del New York Times de casi veinte libros y ha sido entrevistado por numerosos programas nacionales de television, incluyendo 20/20 de la cadena ABC, Fox News y CNN. Cuatro de sus libros han ganado el premio Medalla de oro y uno de ellos fue el ganador del premio Libro cristiano del ano 2005 (el cual escribio junto a Garry Poole). Lee sirvio como pastor de ensenanza en las Iglesias Willow Creek y Saddleback. Ademas, contribuye como editor y columnista de la revista 'Outreach'. el y su esposa, Leslie, residen en Colorado. Para mas informacion, visite:

Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Axiom, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. Hybels received a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and one grandson, Henry. Bill Hybels es el fundador y pastor principal de la Iglesia Comunitaria de Willow Creek en South Barrington, Illinois., y presidente de la junta de la Asociacion Willow Creek. Es autor de mas de veinte libros exitosos, entre los que se encuentran Axioma, Divina Insatisfaccion, Simplemente acercate a ellos, La revolucion de los voluntarios, Liderazgo audaz, y clasicos como Muy ocupados para no orar y Como ser un cristiano contagioso. Bill Hybels es reconocido mundialmente por capacitar a lideres cristianos en cursos de entrenamiento que buscan transformar a los individuos y sus comunidades mediante la iglesia local. Tiene un titulo en Estudios Biblicos y un doctorado honorario de Estudios Teologicos de Trinity College de Deerfield, Illinois. el y su esposa, Lynne, tienen dos hijos adultos y un nieto.

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Becoming a Contagious Christian Overheads

By Bill Hybels

Zondervan Publishing Company

Copyright © 1995 Bill Hybels
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0310500915

Chapter One

Why Become a Contagious Christian?


In Session 1 you will:

1. Describe what Relational Evangelism is not

2. Identify the components of Relational Evangelism

3. Revisit the biblical basis for evangelism

4. Begin an Impact List of relationships to build



2. __

3. __


And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14)

5. __


A person's coming to Christ is like a chain with many links. There is the first link, middle links, and a last link. There are many influences and conversations that precede a person's decision to convert to Christ. I know the joy of being the first link at times, a middle link usually, and occasionally the last link. God has not called me to only be the last link. He has called me to be faithful and to love all people.



1. As you watch the video, listen for the reasons why you would want to become a contagious Christian.

2. Write your responses in the space provided below.


1. Carefully consider the people in your life to whom you could give concentrated effort in the attempt to bring them to the next step in the evangelism process.

2. List the names of these people in the space below.

Please note that these names will change as these people become Christians or move out of your sphere of influence. This list, therefore, should be an ongoing part of your lifelong evangelism strategy.

Remember it is important to develop no-strings-attached friendships with the people on your list. Let them know by word and action that they matter to you, regardless of whether or not they agree with the Christian message.


Begin to pray for the people on your Impact List. Ask God to work in their lives and to give you wisdom on how to effectively reach out to them. In praying for them, keep in mind the following three areas:

Them Ask God to:

Pull them toward Himself

Open their eyes to the emptiness of life without Him

Help them see their need for forgiveness

Remove the confusion they have about Him and the life He offers

Help them grasp the meaning and importance of the cross of Christ

Open the person's heart to God's love and truth

You Ask God to:

Help you live a consistent and attractive Christian life

Make you authentic and honest as you deal with life's ups and downs

Give you wisdom in knowing how to approach the relationship

Expand your knowledge so you will be ready to define and defend the Gospel message

Grant you appropriate boldness and courage

Use you to help lead this person into a relationship with Christ

Us Ask God to:

Cause depth and trust to grow in the relationship

Open doors for spiritual conversations

Guide those conversations in pace, frequency, and content


In this session you:

Described what Relational Evangelism is not

Identified the components of Relational Evangelism

Revisited the biblical basis for evangelism

Began an Impact List of relationships to build


(Becoming a Contagious Christian companion book)

For more information on the topics we will cover in each session, we will provide a "Suggested Reading" section from the companion book for this course, Becoming a Contagious Christian (by Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg, Zondervan, 1994).

For this first session, we encourage you to read the first three chapters. As you'll see, they illustrate and expand upon the principles we're discussing in this course. Other reading suggestions from this book will be listed at the end of later sessions.

Chapter 1 reinforces the value that all people matter to God. Chapter 2 explores the overwhelming rewards of becoming contagious Christians. And Chapter 3 spells out a biblical formula for influencing our worlds for Christ: HP + CP + CC = MI. The first element, HP, refers to high potency (chapters 4-6 in the book lay out three character traits to help us achieve this). The second is CP, which means close proximity with those we hope to influence-we've got to get close to them. The third is CC, clear communication of the gospel message itself. As we combine these three things, God will use them to produce MI, maximum impact on others.


Session 2-Being Yourself

Session 3-Building Relationships

Session 4-What's Your Story?

Session 5-What's His Story?

Session 6-Crossing the Line

Session 7-Putting It Together

Session 8-Objection!

Course Goal: To Become Contagious Christians!

Christians who are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively communicate our faith.


Excerpted from Becoming a Contagious Christian Overheads by Bill Hybels Copyright © 1995 by Bill Hybels. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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