“The church exists by mission just as fire exists by burning,” wrote Emil Brunner. “Where there is no mission, there is no church.” The problem is, some churches have become mere Sabbath-morning gatherings of religious people. They’ve lost their fire and fail to actively love and serve their community.
Adding to the problem is the temptation to “outsource” our mission. Rather than actively using our spiritual gifts to share our faith, we pay the pastor or a professional public evangelist to do it for us. And so evangelism becomes an event on the church calendar rather than our way of life.
In Coming Close, Curtis Rittenour gets to the heart of the issue—our urgent need to rediscover and participate in Christ’s method of ministry. The components of that ministry include mingling with people, showing sympathy, ministering to needs, winning confidence, and leading people to Jesus.
This leader’s guide includes all of the information you need to start and lead a small group through Coming Close:
Coming Close provides a practical how-to for all of us who want to see our churches transformed and on fire for mission.
Paperback. 47 pages. Copyright 2014.