Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20)
is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. It runs in churches, bars, coffee shops, prisons and homes all around the globe. It is available for adults and for youth. Typically Alpha has around ten sessions and includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end.
is an initiative that encourages churches to set aside a Sunday in late September to invite people to church. Training in welcoming and how to pray for and encourage people to come back to church is provided.
by Richard H. Niebuhr. This gives several positions on Christianity and its interaction with culture.
Interest in formal religion may well be on the decline in western Europe but interest in spirituality is certainly not – witness the number of books on rail station bookstore shelves, references in TV soap operas and films and the internet trade in crystals, tarot cards, etc. Those who are more serious enquirers into spiritual realities frequent the growing number of ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’ Festivals. Increasingly Christians are booking space as ‘exhibitors’ at such events and offering anything from ‘free prayer’ to ‘massage and counselling’ and ‘Christian card readings’ (telling the gospel using a set of cards in a similar style to tarot cards). For an interesting reflection on this ministry by Jonny Baker see his blog.
The Christian Foundations small group resource offers an engaging introduction to the good news of the Gospel, the story of the Bible, church history, the creeds, and core practices of the faith. The material has been designed for people with no Christian background, and for those wanting to refresh their basic grounding.
by John Stott. Clear, classic book examines the historical facts on which Christianity stands. Here is a sound, sensible guide for all who seek an intellectually satisfying explanation of the Christian faith.
The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry Weddell. Sherry, a Roman Catholic, explores how to “foster a parish culture of intentional discipleship” and disciple-making, understanding that if there is change “at the parish level....the life of the whole Church will change.” Watch video reflections by Sherry A Weddell
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.