Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good Newsby Rick Richardson
Pub. Date: 11/22/2000
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
We need new ways of telling people the old, old story. We need
It used to be that providing clear evidence for the resurrection of Jesus or the reliability of the Bible was a pretty effective way to reach people with the Good News. But today, many folks think all truth is relative, even our historical and scientific data about Christianity. So how can we reach them?
We need new ways of telling people the old, old story. We need to look again at our usual mental habits if we want to reach people who have a brand new mindset of their own. We need to get outside the box of ideas and practices that are sacred to us but are not sacred to God. That's what Rick Richardson's book is all about.
Here are fresh perspectives on relying on the Holy Spirit, awakening spiritual interest in others, appealing to what they value (instead of what we think they should value) and leading them into a transforming experience with God. Also included is Richardson's Circles of Belonging, a new, straightforward presentation of the message of Jesus (yes, it can even be sketched out on a napkin!) that is true to Scripture and true to the new way people live and think.
As an experienced evangelist and leader of evangelism programs, Richardson offers in this helpful book the principles and practices that will help us all grow in love for--and communicate effectively with--people who need Jesus.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgements
1. What's Our Box?
2. Understanding Today's Questions
3. Responding to Today's Questions
4. A Theology & Strategy for Reaching People Today
5. The Power of Team
6. Friendship & Prayer
7. A Biblical Model for Awakening Souls
8. Awakening Souls by Connecting to the Culture
9. Awakening Souls by Challenging Pre-Christian People
10. Developing Genuine Christian Community
11. Drawing Pre-Christians into Seeking Community
12. Conversion for Pre-Christian People Today
13. Inviting People into the Circle of Belonging
14. Transformation: Getting & Growing a True Christian Identity
15. Getting & Staying Outside the Box
Afterword: To Pastors and Leaders of Churches & Ministries
Appendix 1: The Rise & Fall of the Modern World
Appendix 2: Leading a GIG
Appendix 3: GIG Studies from the Biographies of Jesus
Appendix 4: The Alpha Course
Appendix 5: A Sample Seeker Retreat
Appendix 6: Circles of Belonging Training Sheet
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Overall, the book had several perceptive chapters describing postmodern thought. I began reading the book with the intention of taking away effective strategies to minister to postmodernists. However, while reading the book, I realized I was a postmodernist myself and that I starved for the same things postmodernists crave for as Rick mentions in the book (i.e. authentic community, truth, justice for the marginalized, and The experience) I discovered myself while reading this book. And though some chapters are weak in that they contain less meat than others, overall, Outside the Box is a great book that accurately reflects a generation's mindset. But more importantly, it recommends an effective means of reaching this generation through the love of Jesus.
We all sense that the culture is changing rapidly, and we grope for answers as to how that affects our ability to fulfill the Great Commission. The word most used to describe this shifting context is 'postmodernism,' but few can agree fully on what the term means. With even the definition of postmodernism being such a moving target, defining church outreach strategies seems even more difficult. Reaching this new generation requires that we learn to evangelize an increasingly secularized culture. In his book, Evangelism Outside the Box, Rick Richardson leans into past movements of God for valuable lessons, and then combines them with striking insight into today¿s culture which flow out of his vast experience of reaching university students through his ministry with InterVarsity. The resulting conclusions could dramatically improve church leaders¿ efforts to reach lost people ¿ including the many who currently don¿t consider the local church a viable option in their search for God. In Axis, Willow Creek Community Church¿s ministry to Gen-X, we have leaned into Rick¿s learnings and reconsidered some of our approaches to reaching a postmodern generation. That process has given us increased clarity and impact in our own unique setting. Evangelism Outside the Box avoids the trap of presenting simplistic steps for reaching the world. Instead, a process is proposed that helps churches build relevant and effective ministries for postmoderns. Daniel Hill