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At a time when the majority of people do not attend church, evangelism is more important than ever. The problem is that churches and individuals often struggle with or even reject the idea, when what they have in mind is a caricature of evangelism or a particular way which may no longer be culturally appropriate. This book aims to reform, re-imagine and renew a theology, vision and practice for evangelism. Its approach is theologically rigorous and powerfully practical, with the focus on redefining a genuine biblical evangelism. What does it mean to be an 'evangelist' now? If it isn't your primary gifting, how can you facilitate it in your church? And how can we connect not just with those on the fringes but with those who are way outside?
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The Revd David Male is Director of the Centre for Pioneer Learning and Tutor in Pioneer Mission Training at Ridley Hall and Westcott House, Cambridge, and Fresh Expressions Adviser for Ely Diocese. For seven years he was vcar of the Net Church, Huddersfield, one of the pioneers of fresh expressions in this country. He is an Associate Missioner of the Fresh Expressions team, a Guest Lecturer for the Global Missional Leadership DMin through George Fox Evangelical Seminary, and a member of the Church of England's College of Evangelists. His various publications include Church Unplugged: Remodelling Church without losing your soul (Authentic), various chapters in a number of books on church planting and fresh expressions of church and Pioneers 4 Life (BRF, 2011). The Revd Dr Paul Weston is Tutor in Mission and Homiletics at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. A member of the College of Evangelists, he has led over 80 missions in parishes and universities both here and abroad. He chairs the editorial board of Anvil Journal, and the Management Council of the Gospel & Our Culture Network, UK. His various publications include Why We Can't Believe, X-Ray: In-sight from outside, and Planning a Church Mission. His latest book, Lesslie Newbigin: Missionary Theologian - A Reader is published by SPCK in the UK and Eerdmans in the States.Review:
'This book is a treasure store for church leaders who yearn to see the gospel reach our land anew, giving rich biblically rooted guidance on what sort of evangelism is appropriate for our age. ' The Rt Revd Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester and Chair of the College of Evangelists Evangelism is one of those words that seem to have become one of those embarrassing topics of conversations in recent times. I am delighted that Dave Male and Paul Weston have taken the opportunity to challenge the perceptions about evangelism and to encourage and equip people for the task of being Good News today.' The Revd Dr Joanne Cox, Evangelism in Contemporary Culture Officer, The Methodist Church Essential reading for all those who want to see authentic evangelism back at the heart of the church. Canon Nick Cuthbert, founder Riverside Church, Birmingham. We need all the help we can get to help ordinary people from all sorts of churches enjoy sharing their faith: bring it on! Lucy Moore, Messy Church Team Leader at BRF A welcome contribution to a vital issue - the emergence of a contextually appropriate form of evangelism that empowers congregations to share good news in their communities. Stuart Murray Williams, missiologist and founder of Urban Expression As someone who has been involved in church planting over a couple of decades now, there is no doubt in my mind that God's Church needs to rediscover the ability and Holy Spirit anointing in evangelism. My hope is that this book not only encourages us to share our faith but also to more fully understand its imperative. Major Andrew Vertigan, Salvation Army Mission Partner, Planting This is the book I wish had been written ten years ago. It makes sense of evangelism in today's world, and offers a thoughtful, engaging, and provocative exploration of why and how we might play our part in God's work of evangelism. James Lawrence, Leadership Principal, CPAS. This is such a helpful book on one of the most crucially needed areas for this time from two people with the integrity to make it real and doable. Read it and action it and release the Word about the Kingdom! Fuzz Kitto, International Church Consultant, Sydney Australia Dave and Paul took a risk writing this. Books that mention the 'E' word simply don't sell as much as those which don't, yet what they have to say is vital for the future of the church, a practical call for all people to engage contextually with the greatest news this world has been graced with. Read it and be inspired. Revd Chris Duffett, Founder of The Light Project and President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. The two authors have tapped a rich vein of Biblical and historic insights to come up with a book that will both inform and inspire today's Christians to move away from some negative images of evangelism and engage in ways of inviting others to follow Jesus that will be both authentic to the Gospel and inspirational in a 21st century context. John Drane, Affiliate Professor of New Testament & Practical Theology at Fuller Seminary, USA, and an Associate Missioner of Fresh Expressions What does healthy evangelism look like in the West today, so that it remains true to the heart of evangelism but appropriate for our world? This book contributes a much-needed voice of clarity and good Biblical sense to the current conversation. John Bowen, Professor of Evangelism & Director of the Institute of Evangelism, Toronto
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