Dechurched and not yet reached

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????De-churched people are those who have some knowledge of the Christian story, perhaps those who once went to church but have given up on it because they have found it irrelevant, unwelcoming or because it has upset or  hurt them

These resources are those that have been found helpful by those working among de-churched people. The Anglican Communion Office can take no responsibility for the appropriateness of the content of these resources, but the following have been recommended by Anglicans who are involved in evangelism and church growth

COURSES

Just WalkJUST WALK ACROSS THE ROOM – Is a course/book/DVD by Bill Hybels, it is centred around building relationship with people, not to push a God agenda but to demonstrate God’s love by building relationship with people. 

My experience of evangelism of the past was to the “lets go to the pub for evangelism” when actually we found evangelism much more effective when we just “went to the pub” and spent time with people. See details  at Just Walk Across the Room

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USEFUL LINKS

Noise1NOISE   – The concept behind noise is that Christians go out into the community to bring a blessing to that community, normally in quite unexpected ways, simply as a service. In doing so they clearly identify themselves as Christians and make it obvious that they are open to conversation about their motivations, faith, Jesus, etc.

Two examples: (1) One church community went out on a Saturday afternoon in the summer to a large park, set up a BBQ and began cooking hundreds of hotdogs. The smell wafted over the crowds in the park and then to everyone’s surprise the group started giving out free hotdogs. In the relaxed atmosphere of the park, conversations start, faith is shared. (2) The men (it could have included women!) of another church spent a day on the streets of their urban neighbourhood, picking up litter, mending broken fences, cutting back overgrown trees, washing pavement seats and removing graffiti. Local residents were amazed, thankful, interested, and got into conversations about what Jesus followers do.  More information can be found at: The Noise  

There is a listing of the churches using the concept here.  St. Andrew’s High Wycombe have a great “Noise” page with a short video here and Burnt Oak Christian Fellowship have great pictures here.

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VIDEOS

The Missional Church

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BOOKS

StrangerThe book The Stranger On The Road To Emmaus (by John R Cross) – which has now been translated into dozens of languages and brought many people of a Muslim background to discipleship of Jesus. Several mission agencies have undertaken the production of specific editions for a particular people group, e.g. the Chechen people of the North Caucasus.  There are reviews of the book here which can be purchased here or downloaded as a PDF here .  It is also available as a set of DVDs with workbook  from The Tabernacle Place.

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NOT YET REACHED

Not yet reached are those who have not yet heard the good news of Jesus in a way that makes sense to them.

Cross and Crescent - Colin Chapman IVP 2007 – This revised anCross and Crescentd updated edition incorporates brand new material on ‘Islamic Terrorism’, ‘What is Islam?’, ‘The Qur’anic View of Christians’ and ‘Explaining Christian Beliefs About Jesus’. It will equip Christians to better understand Muslims and Islam in a rapidly changing world. More details

 

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Links

Noise   – The concept behind noise is that Christians go out into theNoise1 community to bring a blessing to that community, normally in quite unexpected ways, simply as a service. In doing so they clearly identify themselves as Christians and make it obvious that they are open to conversation about their motivations, faith, Jesus, etc.

Two examples: (1) One church community went out on a Saturday afternoon in the summer to a large park, set up a BBQ and began cooking hundreds of hotdogs. The smell wafted over the crowds in the park and then to everyone’s surprise the group started giving out free hotdogs. In the relaxed atmosphere of the park, conversations start, faith is shared. (2) The men (it could have included women!) of another church spent a day on the streets of their urban neighbourhood, picking up litter, mending broken fences, cutting back overgrown trees, washing pavement seats and removing graffiti. Local residents were amazed, thankful, interested, and got into conversations about what Jesus followers do.  More information can be found here  There is a listing of the churches using the concept  St. Andrew’s High Wycombe have a great “Noise” page with a short video  Burnt Oak Christian Fellowship have great pictures

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Books

A New Kind of Christian Brian McLaren,  Jossey Bass, San Francisco, 2001 – The book useA New Kind of Christian covers a fictional friendship between a pastor and a teacher to bring out the extant in which the Christian faith is embedded in the modern culture, its limitations, and some new ways to thinking about a variety of issues. Available here

Generous Orthodoxy Brian McLaren,   Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 2004 – A systematic explanation of an orthodox but new way of approaching many topics, usually by putting together previous polarities.  This is the theology for a new generation of Christians. Available here

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