Hybels shares his practiced
secrets of relational evangelism strategies in Becoming a Contagious Christian
(Zondervan) which he co-wrote with Mark Mittelberg, the director of evangelism
on the Willow Creek staff. The book is a highly potent look at what it means to
be an authentic Christian whose life serves as a spiritual magnet that draws people
Encouraging believers to break out of spiritual
isolation, take risks, and love people like there is no tomorrow, Hybels and Mittelberg
tear down barriers Christians use as an excuse for their malaise about personal
evangelism. The book provokes believers to move from low impact, "table ornament"
status to salty, compassionate Christians who "wake people up with their challenges
and seemingly radical points of view (who may) overturn a few applecarts here
It's a book specifically written for those
Christians who might view the "E" word as a dirty one. And for those who are convinced
that sharing their faith is not their area of interest or expertise. It's
also a book about developing friendships of integrity, no strings attached, in
order to advance the Kingdom of God.
The contagious enthusiasm,
and in-the-trenches, practical experience offered, will help propel believers
from mere knowledge about sharing their personal faith into realistic action.
Particularly helpful are the four simple models suggested for presentation of
the Gospel, like the well-known "Bridge" illustration that shows how man's sins
have separated him from God. Also of note are the chapters helping believers learn
to start spiritual conversations and discover their own personally designed approach
toward being authentic and natural in the sharing process.
book is action-oriented and direct, laced with real-people examples. Becoming
a Contagious Christian will pique your curiosity to take risks, and provoke
you to build up the courage it often takes to initiate spiritual conversations.
Hybels serves as senior pastor in South Barrington, Illinois' Willow Creek
Community Church, one of the most attended churches in North America. Hybels is
the author of many books, including Descending Into Greatness, Fit to
Be Tied, and Honest to God?
serves on the staff of Willow Creek Community Church as the director of evangelism.
He is the primary author of the Contagious Christian Training Course, a
curriculum designed to build skills and confidence in the area of relational evangelism.
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