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The Effective Invitation: A Practical Guide for the Pastor Paperback – September 22, 2004
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Is the public invitation to accept Christ a vital part of your preaching ministry?
Dr. R. Alan Streett provides practical and biblical models to revitalize the “altar call” in this expanded 2nd edition of The Effective Invitation. Dr. Streett traces the historical practice of the public invitation from the New Testament to contemporary preachers and evangelists. Various models and principles for effective invitations are provided and can be adapted to many different ministry styles. Included are:
* New! Illustrations and biblical references on repentance and faith
* New! An examination of objections to the invitation
* Guidelines for reaching children and teens
* Suggestions for using music with invitations
* Contemporary invitation models
This unique resource will help pastors, evangelists, and Bible teachers clearly and effectively invite others to follow Christ.
R. Alan Streett, Ph.D., has served as a pastor and church planter. He is chairman and professor of evangelism at The Criswell College, Dallas, Texas, and he also serves as editor of the Criswell Theological Review.
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The author presents the Biblical and historic precedents for the public invitation, followed by a fascinating chapter chronicling Billy Graham's use of the invitation. Streett answers the critics and presents the pertinent reasons for extending an evangelistic call. Finally, he examines the "how to's" of preparing and delivering an authentic and effective public invitation. This includes an assessment of the various models used to invite people to make a decision. The book concludes with sections on the use of music (somewhat dated) during the invitation and insights into the particular sensitivities required when inviting children to Christ.
"The Effective Invitation" is concise, persuasive, and practical. I'm aware of no better book on the subject. I highly recommend it to any pastor or evangelist who desires to see people come to Christ through the public invitation.