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Searching for Seekers: Ministry With a New Generation of the Unchurched [Paperback]

By Mary J. Scifres (Author)
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Pages   177
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1998
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687005523  
EAN  9780687005529  

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There are many types of seekers, all with different spiritual needs---and to minister to them effectively is to understand those differences. Pastor Scifres helps you distinguish the "Sunday school unchurched" from the "anti-church unchurched" and other kinds of seekers. Knowing these distinctions is crucial to reaching everybody and ministering to all.

Publishers Description
Seeker Services They are popping up on church signs all over town -- special times of worship designed to attract those who have had little or no exposure to the Christian faith, and for whom traditional worship is often uninviting and uninspired. They are held in church sanctuaries and high school gymnasiums, on Sunday morning and Saturday night, with large crowds or small groups. What they have in common is the intention to reach those whom the church has not effectively reached before.

But who are these "seekers" anyway? What are they looking for when they show up at these various meetings? Does scheduling worship at a different time and throwing in some different hymns and prayers mean that they are hearing God's call to salvation and discipleship?

If we are to reach this new generation of the unchurched, Mary J. Scifres argues, we must understand who they are. There are many different types of seekers, and many different spiritual needs and hungers they bring with them to church. Some, for example, are what the author calls the "Sunday School Unchurched, " those who have a background in the faith as children, yet who dropped out of the church as adolescents and now come seeking a new, more mature experience of God. Others are the "Anti-Church Unchurched, " who grew up in an environment hostile or indifferent to organized religion, yet who have a deep longing for spiritual connection. The needs and expectations of these and other seekers are often very different, and if the healing word of the gospel is to reach them, church leaders must understand these different motivations and needs. This book provides pastors and other church leaders with a thoughtful, yet practical,introduction to who seekers are, and how the church might best minister to them.

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More About Mary J. Scifres

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mary J. Scifres serves as a consultant in leadership, worship, and evangelism from her home in Laguna Beach, California, where she and her husband, B. J., reside with their son Michael. Her books include The Abingdon Worship Annual, The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner and its ecumenical counterpart Prepare!, and the worship evangelism book Searching for Seekers.

Mary J. Scifres currently resides in Seattle-Tacoma, in the state of Washington.

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Good source for those involved in seeker-oriented ministry  Nov 27, 1999
As the music director of a year old seeker-oriented worship service at my church, I found this book very well-written, and expect it to be very useful.

One thing I appreciated very much was the author's clear desire not to over-categorize or stereotype people. While she uses the terms "seekers" and "followers", she opposes the practice of separating the two groups in worship and instead focuses on ways to create a service that will welcome the seekers without failing to nourish the followers.

In addition to being inspirational and providing new ideas, it also laid out a number of good explanations for things I've believed or done all along; it's great to have something in print to point to to help explain why you do things the way you do!

I think this book would be very helpful, though not a complete resource, if you're beginning a brand-new seeker ministry.


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