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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.
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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