Idea41 Books to Read – Bibliographies of Taking Every Opportunity

In leading a church into mission it helps to have a collection of books to share with your leadership team to they can understand what needs to be done. Here are some suggestions of good books to start with.

“Taking Every Opportunity – Conversations About Jesus” principally addresses the practicalities of Evangelism. “Preaching the Gospel Necessarily Includes Words” is a more academic essay defending that vital point in the context of Evangelism in Post-Modern Britain. “Prepared to Answer” is the course I am presenting to NSBC to enable Christians to talk about Jesus and explain their faith more intelligently, confidently and boldly. You may freely share and copy all of these materials with others, and any of these “42 Great Outreach Ideas”, provided you do not claim authorship for yourself. The Bibliographies from those three papers list the relevant books I have engaged with during 2015. These are followed by earlier reading which has shaped my thinking in related areas.

Idea15 includes a list of other books for Christians to read or to pass on to not yet Christians addressing some of the important questions about faith and spirituality which may come up in conversations.

 

Taking Every Opportunity – Conversations About Jesus – Bibliography

 

William Abraham The Logic of Evangelism Hodder 1989

Karl Barth  Dogmatics in Outline  Harper and Rowe 1959

Mike Booker and Mark Ireland Evangelism Which Way Now Church House 2003

Walter Brueggemann Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism Abingdon Press 1993

Mark Cartledge Testimony Its importance, place and potential  Grove Renewal 9 2002

Tim Chester Mission Matters  IVP 2015

Stephen Cottrell From the Abundance of the Heart DLT 2006

Stephen Croft (editor) Evangelism in a Spiritual Age Church House Publishing 2005

Evangelical Alliance, Church of England and Hope Together Talking Jesus www.talkingjesus.org

John Finney Finding Faith Today BFBS 1992

Mark Galli “Speak the Gospel  Use deeds when necessary.” Christianity Today May 21, 2009

Pete Gilbert Kiss and Tell Evangelism as a Lifestyle CWR 2003

Michael Gorman Becoming the Gospel Paul, Participation and Mission Eerdmans, Grand Rapids 2015

Michael Green Evangelism now and then IVP 1979

Michael Green Evangelism Through the Local Church Hodder 1990

Michael Green You must be joking Hodder 1976

Steve Hollinghurst, Mission shaped Evangelism Canterbury Press 2010

Andrew Kirk Mission Under Scrutiny DLT 2006

Stuart Murray Post-Christendom Peternoster 2004

Pope Paul VI Evangelii Nuntiandi (encyclical on evangelization) 1974

Chris Radley Message on a Shoestring MARC Europe 1986

Share Jesus International Sharing Jesus 2014 at www.sharejesusinternational.com

Nick Spencer  Beyond the Fringe Researching a Spiritual Age Cliff College Publishing/LICC 2005

Emily Stimpson Blog at http://www.catholicvote.org/pope-francis-and-st-francis-preach-the-gospel-always-and-for-the-love-of-god-use-words/

 

Laurence Singlehurst  Sowing, Reaping, Keeping: People-sensitive Evangelism IVP 2006

Elmer Thiessen The Ethics of Evangelism Peternoster 2011

 

 

Preaching the Gospel Necessarily Includes Words – Bibliography

 

William Abraham The Logic of Evangelism Hodder 1989

Karl Barth  Dogmatics in Outline  Harper and Rowe 1959

Mike Booker and Mark Ireland Evangelism Which Way Now Church House 2003

Walter Brueggemann Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism Abingdon Press 1993

Tim Chester Mission Matters  IVP 2015

Stephen Cottrell From the Abundance of the Heart DLT 2006

Stephen Croft (editor) Evangelism in a Spiritual Age Church House Publishing 2005

Mark Galli “Speak the Gospel  Use deeds when necessary.” Christianity Today May 21, 2009

Pete Gilbert Kiss and Tell Evangelism as a Lifestyle CWR 2003

Michael Gorman Becoming the Gospel Paul, Participation and Mission Eerdmans, Grand Rapids 2015

Michael Green Evangelism now and then IVP 1979

Michael Green Evangelism Through the Local Church Hodder 1990

Steve Hollinghurst, Mission shaped Evangelism Canterbury Press 2010

Andrew Kirk Mission Under Scrutiny DLT 2006

Stuart Murray Post-Christendom Peternoster 2004

Elmer Thiessen The Ethics of Evangelism Peternoster 2011

 

 

 

 

Prepared to Answer – Bibliography

 

Mike Booker and Mark Ireland Evangelism Which Way Now Church House 2003

Walter Brueggemann Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism Abingdon Press 1993

Mark Cartledge Testimony Its Importance Place and Potential Grove Renewal 9 2002

Stephen Croft (editor) Evangelism in a Spiritual Age Church House Publishing 2005

Chris Duffet and Simon Goddard Big Hearted Gilead Books 2012

Pete Gilbert Kiss and Tell Evangelism as a Lifestyle CWR 2003

Michael Green You Must Be Joking Hodder 1976

Michael Green Evangelism now and then IVP 1979

Michael Green Evangelism through the local church Hodder 1990

Steve Hollinghurst Mission Shaped Evangelism Canterbury Press 2010

Bill Hybels Becoming a Contagious Christian Zondervan 1994

Andrew Kirk Mission Under Scrutiny DLT 2006

Steve Legg The A-Z of Evangelism Hodder 2002

Mark A. Paustian Prepared To Answer – Telling the Greatest Story Ever Told  (Northwestern Publishing House 2004) with a companion volume More Prepared to Answer 2004

Rebecca Manley Pippert Out of the Saltshaker IVP 1979

Janice Price Telling our faith story Grove Evangelism 85, 1999 revised 2009

Lawrence Singlehurst  The Gospel Message Today Grove Evangelism 100

Tim Sumpter Evangelistening Grove Evangelism 96 2011

Elmer Thiessen The Ethics of Evangelism Paternoster 2011

David Watson I believe in Evangelism Hodder 1976 Omnibus edition 1984

Hope the Heartbeat of Mission Hope08 Ltd 2013

Sharing Jesus from www.sharejesusinternational.com

 

The following books have also shaped my thinking on Mission, Outreach, Evangelism and Church Life over the years.

The Changing World And Our Response To It

Post-Christendom Stuart Murray-Williams (Paternoster 2004)
Faith in Suburbia Jane Gibbs (Grove Booklets P95, 2003) just 26 pages – essential reading!
The Gravedigger File Os Guinness (Hodder 1983)
The Shaping of Things to Come Frost and Hirsch (Hendrickson 2003)
After McDonaldiszation John Drane (DLT 2008)
Beyond the Fringe Nick Spencer (LICC 2005)
Foolishness to the Greeks Lesslie Newbigin (Eerdmans 1986)

Preaching In A Post-Modern World

Starting a Seeker-Sensitive Service Ed Dobson (Zondervan/Scripture Press 1992)
360 Degree Preaching Michael Quicke (Paternoster 2003)
Preaching to a Post-Modern World Graham Johnston (IVP 2001)
Confessing Jesus Christ – Preaching in a Post-Modern World David Lose (Eerdmans 2003)

Church Life

And now let’s move into a time of nonsense Nick Page (Authentic Media 2004)
Leadership Philip Greenslade (CWR 1984, 2002)
The Seven Last Words of the Church Ralph Neighbour (Broadman, 1973)
Transform your church Paul Beasley-Murray (IVP 2005)
I believe in the Church David Watson (Hodder Omnibus 1989)
Dynamic Leadership Paul Beasley-Murray (MARC Europe 1990)
Turning the Tide Paul Beasley-Murray and Alan Wilkinson (Bible Society 1981)

Church Growth And Church Planting

Growing Plans Lyle Schaller (Abingdon 1983)
I Believe in Church Growth Eddie Gibbs (Hodder, 1981)
Starting a Seeker-Sensitive Service Ed Dobson (Zondervan/Scripture Press 1992)
Local Church Planting Peter Nodding (Marshall Pickering, 1994)
Radical Church Planting Roger Ellis and Roger Mitchell (Crossway, Cambridge 1992)
Ten Growing Churches ed. Eddie Gibbs (MARC Europe, 1984)
How Do Churches Grow? Roy Pointer (MARC Europe, 1984)
Leading Your Church To Growth C. Peter Wagner (MARC Europe, 1984)

Emerging Church

Mission-shaped Church (Church House Publishing 2004)
Emerging Churches Eddie Gibbs and Ryan Bolger (SPCK 2006)
The Emerging Church Dan Kimball (Zondervan 2003)