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  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; New edition edition (April 20, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310210089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310210085
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Bill Hybels, founder and pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, is the author of several books, including Honest to God?, Too Busy Not to Pray, and the previous titles in the Interactions series. He is also coauthor of Rediscovering Church, Becoming a Contagious Christian, and the best-selling Fit to Be Tie --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Evangelism doesn't have to be frustrating or intimidating. Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg believe that effectively communicating our faith in Christ should be the most natural thing in the world. We just need encouragement and direction. In Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels and Mittelberg articulate the central principles that have helped the believers at Willow Creek Community Church become a church known around the world for its outstanding outreach to unchurched people. Based on the words of Jesus and flowing from the firsthand experiences of the authors, Becoming a Contagious Christian is a groundbreaking, personalized approach to relational evangelism. You will discover your own natural evangelism style, how to develop a contagious Christian character, to build spiritually strategic relationships, to direct conversations toward matters of faith, and to share biblical truths in everyday language. This landmark book presents a blueprint for starting a spiritual epidemic of hope and enthusiasm for spreading the Gospel.

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140 of 151 people found the following review helpful By J. F Foster on December 9, 2003
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This book really contributed to the seeker friendly evangelism and worship craze that is still prevalent in many megachurches in America. Thousands of church leaders have attended leadership conferences at Willow Creek designed to equip churches to reach out to secular people relevantly. While there are several problems I have with the Hybels approach in this book, in the end, I think more good than bad has come from the methodology and mentality proposed here, and hence, I'm giving the book a cautious 4 star rating.
Someone looking for an academic theology of evangelism will probably not be satisfied with this book. The book is heavily weighted toward practical application and personal empowerment, and this is quite deliberate. The Hybels model stresses individual evangelism both in daily living, and even within the institutional church. The Hybels model, as I've seen it practiced, can turn the entire church top to bottom into an evangelistic enterprise, with lay leaders and volunteers in the church doing most of the heavy lifting. This model naturally tends to work best within the context of churches that shun an extensive ecclesiastical heirarchy, and instead have a pastoral staff that believes in and even welcomes change, adaptability, and flexibility. This intense emphasis on preaching and ministry that are ultimately evangelistic in nature has resulted in astounding church growth in more than a few churches, and in this respect, the Hybels model is to be applauded. But it also comes with dangers as I will discuss below.
This book is loaded with practical application that Christians can almost immediately put into practice.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Don Edwards on June 25, 1999
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On a suggestion from one of my Pastor's, I read this wonderful book! Within a short period of time I was teaching the course as an elective at my church. We just had a "Matthew Party" on June 19, 1999, and it was amazing to see God's hand at work! There were between 65-75 people that attended, and about 20% of them were unchurched or lost people that we had been building relationships with. The end result? The seed has been planted, confidence has been built, and the Lord is being glorified! Highly suggested reading for anyone who doubts that they are qualified to witness for the Lord Jesus!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1998
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After I read the first three chapters of this incredible book, I rang the Christian book store where I bought it here in England, and told them I would buy the other six copies they had in stock! I gave these to my wife, to a couple church leaders, and a couple of the "less motivated" church members. They also captured the easily picked up insights about relationship building as a worthy way to assist the Holy Spirit in opening hearts, ears and minds to the saving love of Jesus Christ. The methods are not difficult to understand or to apply. The principles in this book are what the churches in England, Wales, Scotland, and all of Ireland need to put into practice. Your life, whether you are a Christian (yet) or not, will be positively affected by this book. I cannot praise it highly enough!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Darryll Rasnake on March 23, 2001
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In their book Becoming a Contagious Christian, Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg state their goal as providing "practical steps toward becoming an effective carrier of God's life changing message". I believe that the book is a success as it is an action plan for impacting the spiritual lives of your family, family members, friends, co-workers and basically everyone you might meet. I particularly felt a confidence from the authors concerning the ability of average lay people to share their faith in meaningful ways. The authors use an interesting formula to emphasize what we must do and how to go about it: HP + CP + CC = MI. Their basic premise is that the combination of High Potency in the form of a contagious Christian, Close Proximity brought about by being intimate with those around us, and Clear Communication of the Gospel message are the formula for Maximum Impact and leading a seeker to have faith in Jesus Christ. In order to emphasize the need for evangelistic activity, the authors begin by discussing what it means to be "salt" and "light". This requires a close examination of our own commitment toward being compassion to all of God's children. According to the authors, love must motivate us to share our faith and compassion creates compassion. The authors also challenge the reader to have an authentic witness which is representative of one's own life and to be sacrificial in our approach toward others. I was particularly impressed by the authors' discussion concerning sharing biblical truths in everyday situations. Central to the authors' message is the need to be clear in communicating the Gospel as grounded in God, Christ, Us, and our individual need for salvation.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "frog96999" on November 25, 2000
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Ignore the nay-sayers, this is a wonderful book. It's not perfect, and you might not agree with everything in there, but I'm 100% sure you'll find something of some help in this book. It's short, cheap and easy to read. Want some tips on sharing the gospel? Find that the "direct approach" doesn't seem to work for you? Try this book on for size.
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