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5.0 out of 5 stars Evangelism - which way now, 27 May 2004
This is easily the best book I have read on evangelism and I strongly recommend it to anyone wondering how to evangelise - "the process by which people become disciples of Jesus Christ".
The first 4 chapters cover and compare six process evangelism courses: Alpha, Emmaus, Christianity Explored, Credo, Y Course and Start! It compares their different doctrines and effectiveness and their drawbacks. It goes on to consider alternatives. The book has excellent chapters on learning from the world church and how we in the UK can learn from overseas, Children's evangelism, Community evangelism, Natural Church Development,(if you are particularly interested in this consider also Robert Warren's "The healthy Churches' Handbook"), Cell church and engaging with the search for spirituality.
It is well researched with evidence for what is being said. Above all it is both realistic and encouraging - a difficult combination!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Asks all the right questions, 24 Oct 2011
This review is from: Evangelism - Which Way Now?: An Evaluation of Alpha, Emmaus, Cell Church and Other Contemporary Strategies for Evangelism (Explorations) (Paperback)
This isn't about how to lead people to Jesus. Rather, this looks at how churches can create acceptable and successful 'ways in' to membership and to discipleship. This does come from the Anglican stable, but I have to say, it's none the worse for that. It's co-written by two very experienced practitioners.

I bought it looking for a serious appraisal of Alpha; which I didn't find anywhere else, apart from looking at the resources myself. Alpha is such a phenomenon that it sells itself very well. The fact is that there are other evangelistic courses out there, such as Emmaus, which are under-branded and under-marketed, but which responded more sensitively, perhaps, to feedback from users.

This is so much more than just an appraisal of Alpha. It's got me thinking very excitedly about cell church. It's also drawn my attention to NCD (google 'natural church development'). It has signposts leading everywhere. Every chapter has a couple of carefully selected additional resources to check out, many of which are websites. I feel that this book is going to resource our church's evangelistic efforts for years to come. I don't think that I could sell it better than that!

Just one thing to add: it is an extremely balanced book. It gives Alpha its due, for example. Nothing else has had the impact of Alpha. Two things I particularly liked about the book is the Beckham effect: the analogy of football to evangelism. It is too obvious if you're wanting to score a goal, to make a simple run from the centre of the pitch. Invariably you have to try a different tactic. Direct evangelism is too obvious and most people will block your shots on reflex. But if you partner with community ministry - efforts down the wing, then the goalkeeper will be disarmed or distracted!

The other 'selling point' is Fig. 4.1, strengths and weakneses of the six main process evangelism courses on the market. And the stats on p.15-16, among which is the statistic that when you run Alpha continuously for three or more years, you are less likely to show a decline in church attendance. 43% of the churches running Alpha during the nine year period 1989 to 1998 did not decline, as opposed to 36% of the churches that did not decline who were NOT running Alpha. Alpha is a long-term evangelistic strategy, not a flash in the pan. Useful to know that before you start going with all the effort!

This is an expensive paperback, but it is well worth the investment. Thank you Booker and Ireland for providing such a helpful resource.
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4.0 out of 5 stars helpful insight into the various courses available, 25 May 2012
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This review is from: Evangelism - Which Way Now?: An Evaluation of Alpha, Emmaus, Cell Church and Other Contemporary Strategies for Evangelism (Explorations) (Paperback)
This is an overview of the various courses that are running in Churches about the Christian faith. It seems a good book in that it seeks to be objective and not come with a doctrinal bias.
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