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People Are the Mission: How Churches Can Welcome Guests Without Compromising the Gospel

People Are the Mission: How Churches Can Welcome Guests Without Compromising the Gospel


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If you’re a leader in a church or business, and you want to improve your culture of hospitality, then you’ll love Danny’s new book. It’s a must-read! -Dan T. Cathy, CEO, Chick-fil-A

When it comes to interacting with guests, churches typically gravitate towards one of two camps: over-the-top, shock-and-awe, let-us-entertain-you or oh-man,-some-people-just-showed-up, underwhelming experience. Each extreme has drawbacks: on one end, people become the center of the universe. On the other, hospitality is effectively ignored in deference to the "serious business" of worship.

People Are the Mission proposes a healthy middle, one where guests are esteemed but the gospel is the goal. Danny Franks, Connections Pastor at Summit Church, shows churches how to take a more balanced approach - a "third way" that is both guest-friendly and gospel-centric. He shows why honoring the stranger doesn't stand in opposition to honoring the Savior. People are the mission that Christ has called us to, and if we focus on people we can better assist people to focus on the gospel.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310538677
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 676,104
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Danny Franks is the Connections Pastor at the Summit Church in North Carolina. He writes and trains extensively about guest services in the local church.

Table of Contents

Foreword J. D. Greear 9

Introduction: A Wee Little Man and a Tale of Two Churches 13

Part 1 Looking Out

1 The Gospel Is Offensive. Nothing Else Should Be 29

2 The Sermon Starts in the Parking Lot 51

3 When Hospitality Meets Hostility 73

Part 2 Looking In

4 Beyond Parking Shuttles and Smoke Machines 103

5 When the Older Brother Rears His Head 127

6 It's Not about You 149

Conclusion: Many Churches, One Mission 173

Appendix: Getting Started and Starting Over 183

Acknowledgments 199

Notes 205

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