New Research on How Unchurched Nones, Millennials, and Irreligious Are Surprisingly Open to Christian Faith
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WHO: Rick Richardson, director of the Billy Graham Center Institute and its Church Evangelism Initiative, and professor of evangelism and leadership at Wheaton College Graduate School.
HE SAYS: “The greatest problem churches face is not the none-ing of America but rather the none-ing and secularizing of the church.”
THE BIG IDEA: This book, which is bade on a study conducted by the Billy Graham Center Institute in partnership with LifeWay Resources, draws connections between the broad trends in American religion while delving into the stories and experience of those who areliving out their faith.
Part 1, “Recovering a Missional Imagination for the Unchurched in America,” analyzes common myths about unchurched Americans, looks at how to engage recetive non-Christians and explores the converstion community equation.
Part 2, “Developing Missional Leaders,” shows readers the importance of modeling outreach others can imitate and mulitplying leaders. It sums up the major findings from two studies of Protestant churches. Part 3, “Cultivating a Missional Congregation,” wraps up the book with an in-depth look at belonging to the broader community, blessing the world to reach the world, bringing the community to church and and showing hospitality.