Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Great New Resource - "More To Life"

A few years ago while serving at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona I was in search for a tool to use for reaching unchurched people in our city that had little orientation to Christianity. I wish I had then a new resource just now being released entitled "More to Life". I talked about this resource here on November 11th, but now here is a more complete article written by Sam House giving more information about this great new resource. I think it can have a great impact in communities everywhere!

More To Life
by Sam House

Imagine a future time when most people in North America do not go to church; when many people have never even been in a church building; when more people than ever do not believe in God. Dennis Pethers is an evangelist in the United Kingdom. He says that pessimistic future view of Christian faith is Western Europe’s current reality.

“The UK is, unfortunately, farther down the road than many other western countries in terms of ‘post Christianity’,” Dennis says. “Ministering within this context has provided me with valuable insights that can help other nations to avoid what seems inevitable decline.”

Many churches and leaders in the United States are aware that something needs to happen but aren’t quite sure what it is. What Dennis has learned in the UK can, be of real value in the US.

Dennis has developed a strategy of four stories that communicate a powerful witness to people who don’t know the language of Christianity. He calls it “More to Life.”

The More to Life approach “de-codes” Christianity by helping people relate to Scripture through the remarkable, true stories found in the Bible. This approach describes salvation as the ultimate way to add “more to life.” It communicates what salvation is like through the stories of people who were “far from God,” as Dennis and his ministry define being spiritually lost. The people who were far from God explain what happened when they heard “God’s story,” the gospel of Jesus Christ. A collection of these stories form the More to Life DVD.

To resource this approach, Dennis first authored the More to Life DVD. in England, where it is being used successfully as a video tract. Over the past few years, Dennis also has been working as a consultant with the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and in partnership with conventions in Pennsylvania, Alabama, New York, and the Greater Orlando Association in Florida.

To help the churches he works with in the US, Dennis also developed an American edition of the More to Life DVD. LifeWay began manufacturing and distributing this DVD late last fall. As churches began asking for training and follow up materials to make the most effective use of the DVD, the More to Life Training and the More to Life Discovery workbooks were created.


Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!