In "Dealing with Easy Believism," Jim Warren does not add to the theological works on the fallacies of this method. Here he takes them for granted. Having been focused on bringing people into a relationship with God, Jim understands how easy it is to get people to pray a prayer of salvation. Yet he also realizes the lack of fruit from this flawed process. Here he shares a process he has found successful in allowing God to draw people into a life of discipleship and authentic community.
Jim has worked with others to develop systems that plant, cultivate and grow authentic communities of Jesus followers. He sees the modern church built on a process he calls a 20th century business model of organizational development. According to Warren that system implements, develops and increases organization. This, he proposes, replaces the authentic community found illustrated in the New Testament. He lays out his process in an earlier work, "An Introduction to Dynamic Community Development: A Process Developed to Cultivate Transformative Community through Discipleship & Outreach Based on Invested Ministry." One area Jim Warren speaks to in that volume is an introduction to American cultural barricades. It is his contention that these barricades hamper spiritual development. These stifle much of Christians' focus on being conformed to the image of Christ within the context of authentic community. In the preface to this book Warren writes, ". . . the most insidious of them all emanates from the church itself-Easy Believism."
While a small book, we discover here important insights into the content of the gospel message. Jim sees the outcome of his process of presenting that message as creating disciples of Jesus. He sets this in juxtaposition to "getting people saved." "Dealing with Easy Believism" has only 33 pages of text in print form. Yet it presents an important message for all Christians who seek to encourage other people to establish an authentic relationship with God.