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J. Mack Stiles is CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. He worked for many years with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship in the United States. He is the author of Speaking of Jesus and coauthor with his show more wife of Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions. show less

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This is one of the better books I've read on evangelism. It's short and biblically accurate.

I appreciated some of the things Stiles pointed out that still trip up so many in the Church: Church services are to revolve around the worship of God and not cater to the desires of unbelievers; there is no evangelism without words; evangelistic efforts aren't measured, biblically, by the number of conversions seen; individuals are responsible for sharing their faith - evangelism should not be relegated to programs for "the church" to carry out; no heart is too hard for the Holy Spirit; salvation is the work of the Holy Spirit alone; we should never assume that the people in our churches are Christians; sharing our faith changes us.

There were a couple things that made this less than a 5-star read for me:

Stiles says at one point, "There is nothing so discouraging as feeling that a church is more interested in manning the nursery than sharing the faith." (p 57)

While the gospel is more important than any particular ministry within or outside of the church, this comment makes it sound like caring for babies and children is unimportant and overlooks the fact that even these young kids can be taught the gospel.

Chapter 5 begins with an anecdote that mentions sex and Stiles' marriage, and this completely took me out of the "flow" of the book. All of the other personal stories in the book were directly related to evangelism, and this one stuck out like a sore thumb.

This was a short book, but I still feel like cutting some of the more tangential bits, maybe 20 pages or so, would have made this a lot better.
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RachelRachelRachel | 7 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |
A quick great re-read on the basics of setting a culture of evangelism vs. a program of evangelism. A wonderful primer for those wondering why there aren't more evangelism programs in the church, and the call for everyone to be an evangelist.
gingsing27 | 7 other reviews | Jul 8, 2022 |
Evangelism is more than a program.

Every few years, churches jump into the latest evangelistic fad. Leaders administrate the new program, and members go on a raid. But picture a church where evangelism is simply part of the culture. Leaders share their faith consistently and openly. Members follow, encouraging one another to make evangelism an ongoing way of life.

Such is the way of evangelism presented by this brief and compelling book. No program here. Instead, it just might give your church a new way to live and share the gospel together.… (more)
OCMCCP | 7 other reviews | Jan 15, 2018 |
“This is now my favorite book on evangelism. It is absolutely free of the kind of hype I sometimes sense when people talk about evangelism. I wish I could insist that everyone read this book. I particularly was thrilled to read his thoughts on the importance of the church to personal evangelism.”
gcornett | 2 other reviews | Sep 22, 2017 |

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