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Edifique una Iglesia Contagiosa (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]

By Mark Mittelberg (Author)
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Pages   429
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2005
Publisher   VIA
ISBN  0829739661  
EAN  9780829739664  
UPC  639390739667  

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SPANISH EDITION. Change your church from blah to contagious energy, action, and lasting commitment.

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Mark Mittelberg is a leading evangelism strategist. He is the author of "Choosing Your Faith," coauthor (with Lee Strobel) of "The Unexpected Adventure, " and coauthor (with Bill Hybels and Lee Strobel) of the "Becoming a Contagious Christian" curriculum. He previously served as the evangelism director for Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association. Mark earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Heidi, and their two teenage children.

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Solid approach for thinking about evangelism  Mar 21, 2009
Building a Contagious Church puts into practice at a church-wide level advice from an earlier book aimed at individuals (Becoming A Contagious Christian). It is a comprehensive and effective plan for increasing the evangelistic fruitfulness of a church in a way that is contemporary, applicable to essentially every Christian in the church, and which develops enthusiasm and passion for the vital purpose of evangelism. The book is a solid combination of vision, principles, and practices.

The book has four parts:
* Part One - A Contagious Plan: The why and the core strategy of Build Relationships, Share a Verbal Witness, Invite Friends to Outreach Events.
* Part Two - A Contagious Change Process: a six-stage process including modeling evangelistic values, instilling these values, empowering an evangelistic point person, equipping every believer, developing a diversified evangelism team, and innovative outreach events.
* Part Three - Contagious Diversity - an interesting look at maximizing outreach efforts of each person looking at their unique style of engagement: confrontational, intellectual, testimonial, interpersonal, invitational, and serving.
* Part Four - A Contagious Ministry - communicating the gospel without compromise.

There were several very interesting ideas in the book, which are of value even apart from the overall model. The discussion of our different styles and some creative ideas for outreach based on these was excellent. The chapter on building a diversified team was also excellent - not having a separate standalone ministry, but having a gathering of people already involved in ministries throughout the church so that evangelism isn't a program, but a mindset that runs throughout the church.

While the book is well written and has much good information, there are several cautions that readers should be aware of. First, there is a newer version of the book "Becoming a Contagious Church: Increasing Your Church's Evangelistic Temperature" that has been revised and updated. Second, the whole underlying approach is based on attractional model of getting people to the church or an outreach event. (It does however encourage Christians to know how to share their story, share God's story, and build relationships.) The methods and overall approach described in here may still work in some contexts, but may be a bit outdated for others. Reaching an increasingly postmodern culture is going to require rethinking of our methods of evangelism on an ongoing basis. On the flip side, those looking to harken back to old school evangelism and preaching the word without any effort to understand current culture won't find this book to their liking.
Great Reference for Effective Outreach  Dec 7, 2007
I started reading this as a part of the Cohort leadership process from Mel Ming. I was skeptical about it, and up to this point have managed to avoid a lot of Willow Creek stuff. We have used some of their small group stuff, but I was hesitant for some reason to use a lot of their other stuff. This book changed my view of Willow's ministries.

At Liberty, we have managed to reach a lot of people (52 baptized so far this year), but I was never really sure what we were doing to reach so many people. Mittleberg's book is a guide to what we have been doing right. It, in one way, will serve Liberty as a guide to effective evangelism and a resource when we feel our effectiveness slipping.

The first half or so of the book is about healthy evangelism in the church. It lays out a six phase implementation plan that includes leadership owning and modeling evangelistic values, instilling evangelistic values in people around us, empowering an evangelistic point person, liberating and equipping every believer, developing a diversified evangelism team, and innovating high-impact outreach ministries and events. It would seem impossible to me that a church that spent their time creating health in each of these areas would not be a very effective church in reaching people.

The second half of the book is one of the best pieces written on maximizing ministry effectiveness in evangelism through empowering different evangelism styles. Many Christians feel they are unable to do evangelism because they are not able to stand on a soap box in the town square or go door to door. I must confess here that I had some feelings of evangelism inadequacy until I read this book. I never could knock on a door and do the Evangelism Explosion type thing. Mittleburg identifies some key evangelism styles (confrontational, intellectual, testimonial, interpersonal, invitational, and serving). He then helps the reader to identify these styles and maximize the impact of these styles in the church. Mittleburg is very thorough (388 pages) and even includes lists to maximize planning meeting effectiveness, contacts for every ministry listed, and practical examples of every style.

This book also pointed out a few things that we are not doing well at Liberty that I believe will greatly expand our ability to reach this community. For the next year or so, this book will serve as a guide for Dean and I to ensure the health and effectiveness of outreach at Liberty. If you are interested in reaching people, read this book and let me know how you might fit in implementing the concepts from the books at Liberty.
A Confusing Presentation of the Gospel of Salvation  Jun 14, 2007
Many have heard of Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago suburb of South Barrington, Illinois, with their attendance of more than 16,000, and their semi-annual church leadership conferences. Author Bill Hybels serves as senior pastor at Willow Creek and Mark Mittelberg is the associate director of the Willow Creek Association and the evangelism trainer. One of the primary ideas promoted by Willow Creek and emphasized in this book is reaching "seekers," the unsaved who are looking for something and need salvation.

Becoming A Contagious Christian contains much we can learn about living and sharing the gospel we say we believe. God's grace of unmerited salvation should inspire us to be contagious in sharing the gospel with unbelievers. No matter who we come into contact with in our daily lives, each person that crosses our path may have that moment as their first or final opportunity to witness the life of Christ in us or to hear about salvation. No matter the situation, there is a way to eventually share the gospel with unbelievers. The goal of the book is "to give you practical steps toward becoming an effective carrier of God's life-changing message. If we are authentic Christians, before we can become highly contagious Christians, we must first live in a way that convinces the people around us that we actually have the disease ourselves!" (p. 23). The expression of compassion toward others is important, because they "will recognize it as an earmark of authentic Christianity" (p. 69).

While the ideas for sharing the gospel in the book are sound, there is a problem with the so-called "clear communication" of the gospel. In Chapter 11, Making The Message Clear, the message imparted is anything but clear. It says that the only way to receive Christ's forgiveness "is to humbly bow before Him, admit our waywardness, and say yes to His incredible offer" (p. 152). "Each of us has to receive the forgiveness and leadership of Christ individually" (p. 154). "To become a real Christian is to humbly receive God's gift of forgiveness and to commit to following His leadership" (p. 156). "We must humbly admit to God that we've rebelled against Him and need His forgiveness and leadership" (p. 159). Are you confused yet? The clear gospel message is lost in Lordship Salvation. Nowhere in Scripture are we told to do anything but believe by faith alone in Christ alone for eternal life. We are never told to bow humbly, receive His leadership, or commit to following Him in order to receive eternal life.

The fresh and original approach in sharing the gospel of salvation so people hear and believe is great. However, the clouded gospel message presented in Becoming A Contagious Christian makes it impossible for me to recommend this book.

Truly contagious   Apr 11, 2007
This book can set your heart on fire for Evangelism; long but worth reading.
Worth reading...  Nov 17, 2006
Ultimately, I would say that the experience of reading this book was somewhat like eating vegetables. I did not particuarly enjoy it, but I know that it was good for me. One of the things that amazed me was how long it took me to read it. My wife joked that every time she looked at me, it appeared as if I hadn't gotten any farther towards completion. Indeed, it was somewhat laborious to read.

I will offer two other minor critiques. First, I was somewhat off-put by the repeated warfare language. In fact, in some other evangelism books that I've read recently, the authors suggest that the longstanding tradition of describing evangelism as some sort of battle waged between "us" and "them" is exactly what turns away many postmoderns. Maybe it's also hypersensitivity in the midst of international points of tension in Iraq and the Middle East. In any case, I thought that Mittelberg's choice to frame the process of evangelism in terms of a battle to be won was unnecessary and not particularly helpful, if not something worse.

My other quibble with this book is the author's repeated reference to other materials from Willow Creek, especially the "Becoming a Contagious Christian" curriculum. It only makes sense that Mittelberg would cite the materials with which he has the greatest familiarity. And to his credit, he made sure to cite other classic and recent resources on evangelism. I just thought that the balance was skewed too far toward Willow Creek stuff. It sometimes read like a paid advertisement for the Willow Creek Association.

Having expressed all of these concerns, I still gave this book four stars because it is a valuable and worthwhile contribution to the evangelism library. What Mittelberg does well (and what Willow generally does well) is presenting a series of seemingly digestible steps that any church can and should go through to transform from an inwardly-focused Christian huddle to an outwardly-focused, contagious church. Yet, it somehow didn't read like an overly simplified how-to instruction manual. Finding the middle ground of feasibility between the unhealthy extremes of visionary impracticality and trivial oversimplification is difficult, but Mittelberg struck it well.

I was also pleased to read, especially in the latter part of the book, the dozens of suggestions that are offered of specific things that churches are doing to become contagious. Rather than speaking strictly in the hypothetical or theoretical, Mittelberg translates the principles into activities and strategies that modern-day churches are actually doing. Though many of those specific events may not be appropriate for our church, it gets the juices flowing to ponder whatever things God might have us pursue.

Ultimately, I was not as enthusiastic about this book as Brian McLaren's "More Ready than You Realize," which somehow felt more winsome than Mittelberg's more burdensome book. Nonetheless, I found that "Building a Contagious Church" was worth reading, and I would recommend it for anyone who is serious about hearing a comprehensive plan to bring meaningful evangelism into the local church.

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