The Unchurched Next Door: Understanding Faith Stages As Keys to Sharing Your Faith

The Unchurched Next Door: Understanding Faith Stages As Keys to Sharing Your Faith

by Thom S. Rainer

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The Unchurched Next Door: Understanding Faith Stages As Keys to Sharing Your Faith by Thom S. Rainer

If You Invite Them, They Will Come.

It's true. In a national survey done by author Thom Rainer and his staff, eight out of ten unchurched men and women said they would come to church—if only someone would invite them. When and how is the next big question. Rainer helps you figure out where your neighbors, friends, and coworkers are in their spiritual quest, and how you can know who among the unchurched people in your life are receptive to Christ.

In this fascinating book, Rainer identifies five 'faith stages'—levels of responsiveness, prefixed with a 'U' for 'Unchurched'—that represent your running buddy, your sister-in-law, or your hairdresser:
U1 Highly receptive to hearing and believing the Good News U2 Receptive to the gospel and church U3 Neutral, with no clear signs of being interested yet perhaps being open to discussion U4 Resistant to the gospel, but with no antagonistic attitude U5 Highly antagonistic and even hostile to the gospel

'A discovery we made is that reaching lost and unchurched people is not always best accomplished with some cookie-cutter strategy,' Rainer writes. 'The unchurched are different in how they respond to the gospel.' How different? You'll be amazed at the variables that exist when it comes to how open people are to the Christian message. Once you've recognized which stage your unchurched friends and family are, you can much more effectively connect them with Christ. Open this book, and open your mind and heart to the powerful new possibilities of reaching The Unchurched Next Door.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310248606
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thom S. Rainer (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He was founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and, Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His many books include Surprising Insights from the Unchurched, The Unexpected Journey, and Breakout Churches. Thom S. Rainer es presidente de Church Central (Iglesia Central) www.ChurchCentral.com y decano fundador de la Escuela Billy Graham de misiones, evangelismo e iglecrecimiento en el Seminario que ha servido como pastor y pastor interino en catorce iglesias y es presidente de Rainer Group Counsulting. Es autor de numerosos libros incluyendo Surprising Insights from the Unchurches and Proven Ways to Reach Them y The Unchurched Next Door. El D. Rainer y Nellie Jo, su esposa, residen en Louisville, Kentucky. Tienen tres hijos adultos. Puede comunicarse con el Dr. Rainer en www.RainerGroupcom

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