EVANGELISM-Methods

BOOK REVIEWS

The strength of our Book Reviews collection lies in the categorical breakdown that we have created for you below. We have divided the most common ministry design issues into categories so that you can more easily find the solution that you are looking for. Our eventual goal is to have an in-depth review for every book that will give you further assistance in discovering the reading pathway that can lead you to the solutions to the ministry issues you may be facing.


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  • A Church Called Graffiti: Finding Grace on the Lower East Side

    by Taylor Field. Publisher: Broadman & Holman.

    One man’s story of his ministry on the East side of New York City.

  • Assaulting the Gates: Aiming All God’s People at the Mission Field

    By Paul D. Borden

  • Carving the Table

    By Greg Blake

    The memoirs of the Chief Encouragement Officer Greg Blake. Perhaps you have seen him in action, now read whats behind the CEO of Pepworks International.

    When we first got married  my parents bought us a old dining table that had come out of a bakery in NY. We bought an old fashioned icepick and thought it would be a great practice to have people carve their name in our table when they came for a visit….well 41 years later we are still continuing the tradition. We have hundreds of signatures. My 4 kids have bought an old table and are continuing the practice with their families. We even have sanded out the names of old boyfriends who didn’t make the cut!
     
    (I just finished my memoirs called Carving the Table (available in ebook format on Amazon) Click Here to get a copy!
     
    When folks visit our church for the first time, Debbie and I invite them over to our home on a Friday evening (Family Night) to get to know them better. Very non-threatening. We will also find out their occupation and will do our best to match them with another couple with the same occupation so there is an immediate connection.
     
    Have had numerous couples join because of the personal interest in their lives. I tell people that you can’t get to know people in the foyer of a church Sunday morning doing small talk.
     
    Unfortunately today we have become too busy to invest our lives in others and ultimately eternity.
  • Christianity For The Average Joe

    By Chip Tudor

    “Christians differ in their beliefs. And that sometimes makes Christianity seem confusing to those outside the faith. It isn’t. This book offers a simple, conversational explanation about its main concepts–the ones that support everything else. It is written in plain, everyday language for those with little or only a superficial exposure to Christianity that are exploring it for a better understanding of its basic belief system.”

  • Church Connection Cards: Essential Church Communications to Connect with Visitors, Grow Your Church, Pastor Your People

    By Yvon Prehn

    A guide and tool to aid your guest services efforts. The book gives detailed instructions on how to make sure you get the largest number of people to fill out the cards, specific ways to manage your follow-up to most effectively serve the people who filled them out, lists of what you need to have in place for follow up, and how to triage (divide into levels of ministry need) the cards so you can respond to people in a timely manner.

  • Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery

    By David Watson and Paul Watson

    “It is hard to deny that todayÆs world can seem apathetic toward Christians. Some may look down at their iPhones when we mention God, motion for the check when we bring up church, or casually change the subject when we talk about prayer. In a world full of people whose indifference is greater than their desire to know Christ, how can we dream of growing the church?

    In Contagious Disciple Making, David Watson and Paul Watson map out a simple method that has sparked an explosion of homegrown churches in the United States and around the world. A companion to Cityteam’s two previous books, Miraculous Movements and The Father Glorified, Contagious Disciple Making details the method used by Cityteam disciple-makers. This distinctive process focuses on equipping spiritual leaders in communities where churches are planted. Unlike many evangelism and church-growth products that focus on quick results, contagious disciple-making takes time to cultivate spiritual leadership, resulting in lasting disciple-making movements. Through Contagious Disciple Making readers will come to understand that a strong and equipped leader will continue to grow the church long after church planters move on to the next church.

    Features include:

    • Engagement tools for use in the field
    • Practical techniques to equip others to make disciples”
  • Direct Hit: Aiming Real Leaders at the Mission Field

    By Paul D. Borden

     

  • Effective Evangelistic Strategies

    By David Archibald

    Effective Evangelistic Strategies is a handbook/guide to greater effectiveness in reaching people for Jesus. In it you will be presented with various methods used and the method Jesus Himself used. It is not designed to be exhaustive by any means, but is a basic guide to reaching your world for the Lord. This booklet can be used by individuals and groups alike to open the discussion around the subject.

    Once you go through this book, you will gain a greater appreciation for the Great Commission given in Matthew 28: 19-20. Purchase for yourself, friends, family or church group.

  • Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work

    By Timothy Keller

    “Tim Keller, pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God, has taught and counseled students, young professionals, and senior leaders on the subject of work and calling for more than twenty years. Now he pulls his insights into a thoughtful and practical book for readers everywhere.

    With deep conviction and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about work today. In fact, the Christian view of work—that we work to serve others, not ourselves—can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship—not just of self-interest.”

  • Get Their Name: Grow Your Church by Building New Relationships

    By Doug Anderson, Bob Farr, and Kay Kotan

    Change your church culture. Create an outwardly focused environment where hospitality and invitation happen Sunday and every day of the week. This book offers five steps to help congregations go public with their faith—from service projects to sharing the faith with persons who want to know more about Christ and thw church. This book offers tactics to increase individual and church competency with relational evangelism with friends, neighbors, and even strangers. Learn how to start up a conversation, follow up with contacts, and navigate unfamiliar settings. Learn what works and what doesn’t.

    We may think that just because we invite someone on our church property, they’ll come back. Often we don’t reach out to help people cross the faith line, because we’re uncomfortable with “evangelism” or just plain scared. Gain the confidence to share the good news boldly. After all, we know the name of the One who loves us all and who holds all power over heaven and earth.

  • Guerrilla Evangelism: 23 FREE Things You Can Do Right Now to Get People into YOUR CHURCH!

    By Phil Spry (Author)

    “Maybe you’re in a new church or perhaps in one of the thousands of plateaued or declining churches that dot the landscape. Either way, you are going to have to figure out how to do ministry on a budget. Unlike our Federal Government, we can’t just print money. What follows are time tested activities that may change your momentum… or someone’s life.”

  • I’m OK – You’re Not: The Message We’re Sending Nonbelievers And Why We Should Stop

    by John Shore. Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group.

    Focuses on balance in our outreach

  • Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church

    by Nelson Searcy (Author), Jennifer Dykes Henson (Author)

    The authors provide practical, inventive guidelines for bringing first-time guests through the doors. This book sets forth a step-by-step, biblically grounded, proven plan for creating immediate church growth by utilizing a “Big Day” to mobilize the church for evangelism. This user-friendly guide will show church leaders what they need to do to reach the unchurched in their communities and break through the debilitating growth barriers that are holding them back.

  • Just Walk Across the Room: Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith

    by Bill Hybels. Publisher: Zondervan
  • Lasting Impressions: From Visiting To Belonging

    by Mark Waltz. Publisher: Group.

    Excellent observations and suggestions for keeping those who visit your ministry.

  • Launching Missional Communities

    by Mike Breem & Alex Absalom. Publisher: 3DM
  • Leading the DiscipleShift: Becoming a Disciple-Making Church

    by Brandon Guindon (Author) , Lance Wigton (Author) , Luke Yetter (Author)

    Equip church leaders with the tools and insights needed to rally people around renewed purpose. Drawing from biblical principles and the experience of Real Life Ministries, this workbook guides users to evaluate the power of ministry alignment and personal influence for the sake of each church’s God-given mission to make disciples.

    * 9 weeks of material designed for a church staff or ministry leadership team
    * Each week includes four personal exercises and one collaborative session for a team meeting
    * A thorough outline of practical steps for leading a new or established church toward a unified mission of disciple-making
    * Interactive workbook includes assessments for areas of ministry and leadership

  • Making Friends for Christ: A Practical Approach to Relational Evangelism

    By Wayne McDill

    “Making Friends for Christ is a practical approach to relational evangelism. It combines a theological and biblical rationale with practical counsel and dozens of real life stories. The new edition is a major revision, enlarged and updated for twenty-first century challenges. Pastors, church planters, and missionaries will find it most helpful. Laymen who have been frustrated with their attempts at witnessing are finding it opens a new way of thinking about reaching their friends and relatives for Christ…”

  • Making Friends for Christ: A Practical Approach to Relational Evangelism

    by Wayne McDill

    “Making Friends for Christ is a practical approach to relational evangelism. It combines a theological and biblical rationale with practical counsel and dozens of real life stories. The new edition is a major revision, enlarged and updated for twenty-first century challenges. Pastors, church planters, and missionaries will find it most helpful. Laymen who have been frustrated with their attempts at witnessing are finding it opens a new way of thinking about reaching their friends and relatives for Christ..”

  • Marketing for Church: Understanding the Basics

    by Dean Seddon

    This short book explains the basics of Marketing in a Christian context. This book explains the basics of marketing for use within churches and christian charities as well as give you some understanding regarding the principles of marketing succesfully.

    This mini book covers the two main concepts of marketing…

    The Four P’s – Product, Place, Price, Promotion
    The Four C’s – Consumer, Cost, Convenience, Communication

  • Mission Possible: Reaching the Next Generation through the Small Church

    By Dr. Terry W. Dorsett (Author)

     

  • Mission Possible: Reaching the Next Generation Through the Small Church

    by Dr. Terry W. Dorsett. Publisher: CrossBooks.
  • One on One Evangelism: How to Make Friends for Jesus

    By Lee Moseley

    “For a number of reasons, evangelism is often fraught with anxieties and fears. At the same time, sharing your faith is one of the most fulfilling and exciting things that you will ever do. As a “friend of sinners,” Jesus spent half of his ministry time in one-on-one discussions with others. This is the primary model for evangelism that our Lord has provided for us. In One-on-One Evangelism, Lee Moseley offers a fun and simple model for spreading the gospel. It’s as simple as being a friend. After reading this book, you will one day look back, and say, “I never dreamed it was so easy. There is nothing I like to do more than get with people and become their friends. Absolutely nothing!”

  • Organic Outreach for Churches: Infusing Evangelistic Passion into Your Congregation

    by Kevin G. Harney. Publisher: Zondervan.

    Focuses on love on a mission to reach the lost with the gospel.

    Click to see full review

    This book review is provided by one of my friends, Daniel Threlfall, who is the marketing director for www.Sharefaith.com.They provide media resources, website development and other services for churches. A visit to their website is well worth your time. Please take a moment to read the review and consider purchasing a copy of Organic Outreach.

    Think with me for a second. Is the following statement true of your church? “Churches invest an inordinate percentage of their time and finances in people who are already followers of Jesus.” True, isn’t it? Is it true of your church? Most churches pour the vast majority of their resources and time into taking care of the sheep.

    So what?

    Kevin Harney, author of Organic Outreach thinks we have a problem. “Not all of this is bad or wrong,” he’s quick to point out. But as a whole, we’re probably spending too much time and too much money on the already-disciples, forsaking the not-yet-disciples, those whom Jesus commanded us to reach with the good news. It’s not just a matter of the dollars and cents of the church budget. It’s a deeper issue that penetrates into very fabric of the church. Churches that lack outreach are churches that lack life.

    Maybe it’s time to change this. Maybe it’s time to amp up your church’s outreach. Maybe it’s time to be more aggressive about the Great Commission. Maybe it’s time to get serious about reaching people who are living and dying, never being relentlessly pursued by passionate Christians, eager to share the life-changing message of Jesus. Maybe it’s time we focus on outreach.

    What Organic Outreach Is All About

    Harney’s book is a jarring wake-up call to do just that. It’s more than an alarm, though. Sure, our churches need to a wake up call, but we need more. That’s why Organic Outreach opens with a triumphant anthem trumpeting the glories of Christ’s church, and a motivating chorus that proclaims a theology of love—love for God, love for others, and love for the church. The book then moves into sketching out a blueprint of how outreach should look. In this section, the motivation turns practical, as Harney explains how outreach looks, works, and acts.

    Outreach is a great concept, but without any practical tips, it dwindles into nothing more than just that—a concept, devoid of action. Within this practical section, don’t expect a seven-step, surefire way to firing up a languid congregation and win 4,000 converts by next Sunday. I hope your church does have 4,000 true converts by Sunday, but outreach isn’t the product of seven-steps. As Harney explains, outreach begins with loving God. “Without this, nothing else matters.” Organic outreach isn’t formulaic. Rather, it is a natural outflow of right theology, joined with right action.

    Organic?

    Just like outreach is a buzzword, so is organic. As a point of fact, you may even have eaten organic yogurt for breakfast this morning, especially if you’re a hipster. When coupled with “outreach,” the word “organic” goes beyond Whole Food and Trader Joe’s. “Organic” is the author’s way of describing how outreach goes “beyond pushpins and committees.” Instead, organic outreach “should flow naturally and freely from God into every level of your church ministry. From there, it should pour from your church into your community and the world.”

    This type of outreach begins to make sense when you envision the final product. In this vision of an organically outreaching assembly, you see a church whose nursery workers are thinking, “outreach,” rather than exclusively focusing on disinfecting slobbery toys and sealing up soiled diapers. In this vision, you see a church treasurer who isn’t just tallying up offerings each Sunday. Rather, he is planning a free financial seminar for people in the church’s community. The New Mom’s committee is not just lining up house help for Brenda, the Sunday School teacher who just had twins. Instead, the committee is finding people to prepare some meals for Rhonda, an unemployed single mom of four who lives two doors down from the church. Is the vision beginning to flesh out in your mind? In the Organic Outreach model, “outreach” is no longer a buzzword. Nor is it just a committee project. Instead, it is the Jesus-focused, others-loving heartbeat of the entire church.

    Harney’s one-liner explanation sums it up: “Organic outreach is a change in the culture of your entire church.”

    Should you take several hours to read this book?

    Reading a book takes a lot of time. You should know, however, that Organic Outreach is a mere 192 pages, and it goes quick. You can probably get through it in three or four hours. That investment of time may very well revolutionize your ministry.

    If any one of these four points applies to you, you should read this book:

    •    You are involved in church leadership, want to be, or think you might someday.

    •    Your church could improve outreach, and better connect with its community.

    •    You care about lost souls, or at least want to.

    •    You are sometimes disappointed that you or your church isn’t doing more to reach others.

    No, you won’t agree with every point that the author makes. (Show me a book, apart from Holy Bible, where this is true.) Nonetheless, you will undoubtedly learn, think, and grow as a result of reading it. Most likely, it will change you, and then even change your church.

    The church does not engage in outreach for outreach’s sake. Nor do we perfunctorily tack on an “outreach” ministry because we kind of have to obey that Great Commission thingy. No indeed. We engage in outreach because we believe the gospel and act upon it. The gospel is “the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16), motivating us to unashamed, unrelenting, unstoppable proclamation of this joyful message.

  • Organic Outreach for Churches: Infusing Evangelistic Passion into Your Congregation

    by Kevin G. Harney. Publisher: Zondervan.

    Focuses on love on a mission to reach the lost with the gospel.

    Click to see full review

    This book review is provided by one of my friends, Daniel Threlfall, who is the marketing director for www.Sharefaith.com.They provide media resources, website development and other services for churches. A visit to their website is well worth your time. Please take a moment to read the review and consider purchasing a copy of Organic Outreach.

    Think with me for a second. Is the following statement true of your church? “Churches invest an inordinate percentage of their time and finances in people who are already followers of Jesus.” True, isn’t it? Is it true of your church? Most churches pour the vast majority of their resources and time into taking care of the sheep.

    So what?

    Kevin Harney, author of Organic Outreach thinks we have a problem. “Not all of this is bad or wrong,” he’s quick to point out. But as a whole, we’re probably spending too much time and too much money on the already-disciples, forsaking the not-yet-disciples, those whom Jesus commanded us to reach with the good news. It’s not just a matter of the dollars and cents of the church budget. It’s a deeper issue that penetrates into very fabric of the church. Churches that lack outreach are churches that lack life.

    Maybe it’s time to change this. Maybe it’s time to amp up your church’s outreach. Maybe it’s time to be more aggressive about the Great Commission. Maybe it’s time to get serious about reaching people who are living and dying, never being relentlessly pursued by passionate Christians, eager to share the life-changing message of Jesus. Maybe it’s time we focus on outreach.

    What Organic Outreach Is All About

    Harney’s book is a jarring wake-up call to do just that. It’s more than an alarm, though. Sure, our churches need to a wake up call, but we need more. That’s why Organic Outreach opens with a triumphant anthem trumpeting the glories of Christ’s church, and a motivating chorus that proclaims a theology of love—love for God, love for others, and love for the church. The book then moves into sketching out a blueprint of how outreach should look. In this section, the motivation turns practical, as Harney explains how outreach looks, works, and acts.

    Outreach is a great concept, but without any practical tips, it dwindles into nothing more than just that—a concept, devoid of action. Within this practical section, don’t expect a seven-step, surefire way to firing up a languid congregation and win 4,000 converts by next Sunday. I hope your church does have 4,000 true converts by Sunday, but outreach isn’t the product of seven-steps. As Harney explains, outreach begins with loving God. “Without this, nothing else matters.” Organic outreach isn’t formulaic. Rather, it is a natural outflow of right theology, joined with right action.

    Organic?

    Just like outreach is a buzzword, so is organic. As a point of fact, you may even have eaten organic yogurt for breakfast this morning, especially if you’re a hipster. When coupled with “outreach,” the word “organic” goes beyond Whole Food and Trader Joe’s. “Organic” is the author’s way of describing how outreach goes “beyond pushpins and committees.” Instead, organic outreach “should flow naturally and freely from God into every level of your church ministry. From there, it should pour from your church into your community and the world.”

    This type of outreach begins to make sense when you envision the final product. In this vision of an organically outreaching assembly, you see a church whose nursery workers are thinking, “outreach,” rather than exclusively focusing on disinfecting slobbery toys and sealing up soiled diapers. In this vision, you see a church treasurer who isn’t just tallying up offerings each Sunday. Rather, he is planning a free financial seminar for people in the church’s community. The New Mom’s committee is not just lining up house help for Brenda, the Sunday School teacher who just had twins. Instead, the committee is finding people to prepare some meals for Rhonda, an unemployed single mom of four who lives two doors down from the church. Is the vision beginning to flesh out in your mind? In the Organic Outreach model, “outreach” is no longer a buzzword. Nor is it just a committee project. Instead, it is the Jesus-focused, others-loving heartbeat of the entire church.

    Harney’s one-liner explanation sums it up: “Organic outreach is a change in the culture of your entire church.”

    Should you take several hours to read this book?

    Reading a book takes a lot of time. You should know, however, that Organic Outreach is a mere 192 pages, and it goes quick. You can probably get through it in three or four hours. That investment of time may very well revolutionize your ministry.

    If any one of these four points applies to you, you should read this book:

    •    You are involved in church leadership, want to be, or think you might someday.

    •    Your church could improve outreach, and better connect with its community.

    •    You care about lost souls, or at least want to.

    •    You are sometimes disappointed that you or your church isn’t doing more to reach others.

    No, you won’t agree with every point that the author makes. (Show me a book, apart from Holy Bible, where this is true.) Nonetheless, you will undoubtedly learn, think, and grow as a result of reading it. Most likely, it will change you, and then even change your church.

    The church does not engage in outreach for outreach’s sake. Nor do we perfunctorily tack on an “outreach” ministry because we kind of have to obey that Great Commission thingy. No indeed. We engage in outreach because we believe the gospel and act upon it. The gospel is “the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16), motivating us to unashamed, unrelenting, unstoppable proclamation of this joyful message.

  • Podcasting Church

    By Paul Clifford

     

  • Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God

    by David Platt. Publisher: Multnomah Books
  • Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians

    By Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw

    Ever wonder why people fall asleep in church?

    “It happens. We’ve all seen it. We shuffle into rows of seats that grow more comfortable with every new fundraising campaign. We slouch down and settle in for an hour or so, as singers and storytellers and preachers and teachers take their turns filling our ears. And almost without fail, at least one of us nods off while listening to the greatest story ever told.

    The church was not meant to be like this. The church was meant to be on its feet, in the world, making all things new. The church was meant to be sent.

    Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw want to help us—all of us—rediscover our sentness.

    Dive into Sentness, and explore the six postures of a church that’s keeping pace with God’s work in the world. Rediscover the gospel that first quickened your pulse and got you up on your feet, ready to go wherever Jesus called you. Get Sentness, and prepare to get sent.”

  • Splash: Show People Love and Share Him

    by Ken & Paula Hemphill. Publisher: Auxano Press.

    Focuses on love on a mission in reaching people with the gospel.

  • Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them

    by Thom Rainer. Publisher: Zondervan.

    Focuses on effective outreach

    Click to see full review

    Purpose:

    To assist the reader in understanding and reaching the “unchurched”/p>

    Content:

    The author divides the book into two parts:

    1. Listening to the Formerly Unchurched: Understand the unchurched so you can reach them. He seeks to “shatter” myths and establish what works with reaching the unchurched.
    2. Leaders of Churches that reach the Unchurched: Understand the pastors that are reaching the unchurch and follow their example.

    Analysis:

    While this book was published in 2001 the time and energy it takes to read and contemplate the results and suggestions is well worth it. I believe it will help you critic your efforts to reach the lost and perhaps help you dissolve some of your own myths about the unchurched.

    Application:

    Who will benefit?

    Pastors and staff

    How will it benefit?

    It can help you chart a course to reaching the unchurched in your community.

    Where does it fit in the ministry design process?

    At the front end of your discipleship design.

  • The Catch: Mega Growth Strategies for Ministries of Any Size

    by Deborah Anderson-Singleton

    Ideas to help a ministry, regardless of size, reach their community and make disciples

  • The Church of Irresistible Influence: Bridge-Building Stories To Help Reach Your Community

    by Robert Lewis with Rob Wilkins. Publisher: Zondervan.

    How to reconnect with your community to give them the gospel.

  • The Externally Focused Church

    by Rick Rusaw & Eric Swanson. Publisher: Group.

    Addresses a much needed change in church culture in the 21rst century.

  • The Externally Focused Life

    By Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson

    This is the first book of a three part series on developing an external life, church and kingdom.

    Can ordinary people live extraordinary lives?

    Yes–when those lives are externally focused! That’s the message Pastor Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson deliver in this timely, Bible-based book. Using a memorable acrostic for LIFE–Love, Intersections, Fortune, Eternity–the authors challenge us to find more than purpose…to uncover the joy in a lifestyle of authentic Christian service. Discussion questions included.

  • The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community

    by Eric Swanson (Author), Rick Rusaw (Author)

    The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community is designed for church leaders who want to transform their churches to become less internally focused and more oriented to the world around them. The book includes the clear guidelines on the ten changes congregations must adopt to become truly outwardly focused. This book is not about getting all churches to have an annual day of community service as a tactic but changing the core of who they are and how they see themselves as a part of their community.

  • Transitioning the Church: Leading the Established Church to Reach the Unchurched

    By Zack Williams

    “Is the church primarily for the churched or the unchurched? How do church leaders transition an established church to reach the unchurched? Zach describes one of the biggest problems in many established churches: They have lost their drive to reach the unchurched. This book reveals how the problem perpetuates because of church leadership. Too many church leaders are content with an inward focus.

    Zach identifies how leaders can help established churches transition from an inward focus to an outward focus. Transitioning is one of the most important characteristics a church can have because it involves the mission of Jesus, to take those who are hurting and lost and give them life.”