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Alvin L. Reid

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Alvin L. Reid holds the Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism and is senior professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastor to young professionals at Richland Greek Community Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

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Introduction to Evangelism (1998) 322 eksemplarer
Servanthood evangelism (1995) 8 eksemplarer

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I would actually rate it 4.5 stars. Reid gives ministers and those involved with student ministry a great conceptual framework for constructing a missional youth ministry. You probably won't read anything that hasn't already been said about organizing missional ministries, but the author does a good job of concisely and practically communicating these important truths. Also, he emphasizes two crucial ideas that are often lacking in books on student ministry: 1.) The importance of the local church- Reid rightly critiques the mindset of far too many youth ministries, which view themselves more as parachurch organizations than members of the local body of Christ. 2.) The importance of parental discipleship- As a student minister, I have seen firsthand the importance of parents who are actively involved in the discipling of their children. Reid notes that this issue is foundational in the spiritual formation of teenagers, and he is absolutely correct.

Overall, this is a very good book to help student ministries evaluate their strategy for developing for well-rounded followers of Christ who are passionate about taking the gospel to the nations.
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codyacunningham | 1 anden anmeldelse | May 9, 2016 |
Alvin Reid, professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, is "tired of meeting young adults who tell (him) that what they remember from their youth group experience is 'invite a friend' and 'Don't have sex.'" He wants students to begin living their lives enamored with the risen Christ as ministers of his Gospel of grace and love. He wants to see young people living their Christian lives in a distinctly Christian way, as missionaries and ministers of reconciliation.

Me too! Reid offers a lot of practical wisdom for leaders and parents. He says we have spent so much time on the imperatives(the "do's", commands, law) and lost sight of the indicatives(the "Christ has done", Gospel). This leads to what Christian Smith coined Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and it fills youth rooms and pulpits all over the country, if not the world. The idea that God, an impersonal force more than a relational being, is here to make me feel better as long as I act good is as pervasive as it is perverse. Reid's advice, ditch this and focus on the Gospel.

Focus on the Gospel in its grandest presentation. The typical Roman Road Gospel presentation drops the hearer in the middle of the story, assuming that Romans 1-3 is known and understood as we kick off at Romans 3:23. Reid's point is to see the Gospel from beginning to end, the good news of God from creation to consumation and restoration. He encourages the reader to teach students the "metanarrative" of Scripture, the big story. And see that the Gospel is not the "door to Christianity" that one enters and leaves behind, but rather it is the focus of all of Christianity. Allow the student to see who God is and what He is doing and let these truths be applied to them by the Holy Spirit.

Reid makes a great point in line with this when he says,

Much of what we do in student ministry focuses on the lowest common denominator: What truth can we teach that will apply to all? In an attractional, event-driven ministry, this approach is necessary to keep people coming. And, if your ministry focuses more on the how of Christianity (how to date better, how to witness, how to be happy) than on the why (focusing on God and his plan), it will thus be more focused on truth that applies to the widest possible audience. But the more we focus on helping students see the big picture of who God is and what he is doing and why he is doing it, the better they can learn to make application to the unique aspects of their lives.

This leads to another one of Reid's big points. He seeks to see a more relational, mentor, discipleship type of model grow in student ministry as opposed to the typical, pizza-party lazer tag= little-to-no spiritual growth model that seems to reign supreme. Not opposing events and pizza per se, Reid sees the role of the minister as that primarily of disciple maker and mentor, someone investing in the lives of individuals and seeing these individuals do likewise and so on and so on. I think there is something quite biblical and quite Christlike to this mentality and this model.

Reid also invests an entire chapter on the role of the family in student ministry. This could be one of the greatest weaknesses in many student ministries, and in many churches, is the compartmentalization of the church into almost little parachurch organizations. Nursery, kid's church, youth group, young adults, middle adults, adult adults, really adult could go your entire life and never have to really know anyone much more than 5 or 10 years off of your age. The need for the entire family to be involved in the growth and discipleship of students is crucial and I am glad Reid gave it a good section of his book(even if the age-integration soapbox is likely more me than him).

This is a good book and well worth parents and youth leaders to invest the time in reading and seriously consider the points that he makes.
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joshrskinner | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jul 30, 2014 |
This is an good book and a must read for any church leader who wants to be more evangelistic in their life and for those who desire to lead their church to be more evangelistic. Reid provides a through introduction to evangelism and give many practical applications to becoming more evangelistic. I do have two complaints about this book. First, the author shares too many antidotal stories. This lengthens the book more than is necessary and often distracts form the primary focus. Second, He often comes across as wishing we would go back to the "good old days." I wish he had spent more time helping us move forward from where we are rather than looking back to a time that I am not convinced was as good as many of us believe.… (mere)
heleman | 1 anden anmeldelse | Dec 8, 2009 |

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