Garage-Door Evangelism: Opening Your Church to the Community

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Have You Looked in Your Garage Lately?
A garage often tells a lot about the kind of people who live in the house. That same principle applies to churches!
Using a creative and easy-to-follow metaphor, Garage-Door Evangelism shows you how to create an atmosphere in your church that is inviting to visitors ...
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Overview


Have You Looked in Your Garage Lately?
A garage often tells a lot about the kind of people who live in the house. That same principle applies to churches!
Using a creative and easy-to-follow metaphor, Garage-Door Evangelism shows you how to create an atmosphere in your church that is inviting to visitors and congregation members alike. You'll discover practical tools that will make your church relevant in today's vastly changing culture.

You'll explore...
*A new way of looking at your church and its outreach to the unchurched.
*Leadership traits in your church that lead to a healthy, open and nurturing environment.
*Practical "how-to's" from a successful, growing church that has implemented change.
*Revealing discussion questions after each chapter for you and your staff to evaluate your church's effectiveness.

This book is guaranteed to challenge and encourage Christian leaders who want to make changes in their churches to effectively reach today's culture!


Author Biography:
Dary Northrop is the Senior Pastor of Timberline Church in Ft. Collins, Colorado. During his 14 years as pastor, the weekend attendance has grown from 125 to 3,000 people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764421556
  • Publisher: Group Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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Introduction
Garage-Door Evangelism was written with great passion and zeal to challenge Christian leaders to rethink the way we "do church." It was written with the understanding that there are some churches in America who have "opened their garage doors" very wide. But it was also written with the realization that the majority of churches are struggling to be effective change agents in a nation that has changed greatly over the past two decades. Most of all, this book was written to encourage Christian leaders who want to go through some transitions in "church" with real purpose and caution.
Many leaders are not saying "no" to church change, they are asking "How?" They seem to have a tenacious desire to make a difference. But the paradigm has shifted so quickly that it is difficult for them to maintain unity in the church and bring meaningful change at the same time.
This book will help Christian leaders find that balance. Too much change too quickly will cause people to feel left behind and bitter. Bringing about no healthy changes will keep Christian leaders form reaching the unchurched world.

The Big, Beautiful House
Take a look with me at the big, beautiful house on the perfect street with the perfect driveway. It has landscaping that would make a seasoned poodle jealous and a view straight out of a fairy tale! As we look at the house, let's focus in on the front door, framed in majestic oak, surrounded by rounded arches and beautiful glass. The architect designed it this way, you know-to capture the observer, to cause a desperate need to peek inside just once to see the beauty, the d├ęcor, the furniture. After all, it's what's on the inside that counts,right? The outer beauty gets our attention, but we need to go beyond the outside. Our human desire is to touch, to taste, and to experience-ah yes, to experience it all!
We're invited into the house, and of course, it's just as we thought-perfect! The furnishings, the surroundings, the carpets, the walls, the trim-everything is perfect! When our tour is finished, we walk away from the house, shaking our heads in awe. The stark reality and the perplexity of hopelessness fill our hearts-"I'll never have a house like that!" We almost wish we hadn't seen it. We were content before touring the dream house.
This picture of perfection has stimulated many emotions. The thrill of seeing what perfection can be leaves us with a nagging disgust that we will never be able to experience it. We feel the hope that maybe it really is possible, but then we experience the reality that we could never attain it.
Thousands and thousands drive by our houses of worship and see the image that we have portrayed. Then they ask the question-"I wonder what it's like on the inside?" You see, the "unchurched" want to touch, taste, feel, and experience the inside-the inside of this beautiful picture we've created for all the world to examine. But they're unsure. They're aware of our statements and slogans. They've watched us over the months, maybe years, and they're hoping that inside there really is a God who loves them. However, the caverns in their hearts tell them that this too is simply a big, beautiful house that would be impossible to attain. Peace? Purpose? Destiny? All of these concepts are seemingly impossible because they've only seen the outside of the house. They're weary of disappointment, and they're afraid they would not meet the criteria to attain the dream we talk about. They're afraid, unsure, and simply weary of the images we call beautiful.
The problem exists because they see and hear our claims and then they meet us personally. There seems to be a difference between what we profess and who we really are. We're real people; broken, divorced, wounded, angry, and jealous. We're people who also get cancer and die. We're people who live on coffee, are overweight, and take Prozac or even use Rogaine! Sometimes we even file for bankruptcy or commit suicide. How can it be? Do our claims really match our lives?
I've been in the ministry now for twenty-one years. I've reached the point of disgust with many easy-answer Christians who want to give the image of complete utopia in every aspect of their lives. I've watched the unchurched examine our statements against our lives and walk away convinced that it is just another scam! In this book, I'm proposing very radical, risky concept-being real and opening the garage door, rather than the image-driven front door, to the unchurched. I invite you to examine your own ministry with me as you ask yourself this question-is our garage door open?

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 The Garage Door: The Biggest Door Into the House 9
Chapter 2 The Shelving in the Garage: Organizing for Growth 25
Chapter 3 The Workbench: Initiating Change 45
Chapter 4 The Electrical Box: The Proper Release of Power 75
Chapter 5 The Attic: The Private World 87
Chapter 6 The Concrete Floor: Providing a Solid Foundation for Growth 107
Chapter 7 The Mousetrap: Putting a Stop to the Needless Mess 123
Chapter 8 The Back Door: Healthy Exits From the Garage 145
Chapter 9 The Other Door: Inviting People Inside the House 161
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