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This Willow Creek Resources evangelism course for churches and groups of all sizes is designed to equip believers for effective evangelism by showing them how they can share the Gospel in a natural and powerful way while being the person God made them to be.


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This Willow Creek Resources evangelism course for churches and groups of all sizes is designed to equip believers for effective evangelism by showing them how they can share the Gospel in a natural and powerful way while being the person God made them to be.

30 review for Becoming a Contagious Christian

  1. 5 out of 5

    Curby Graham

    A basic introduction to evangelism. A quick read and filled with personal illustrations. Not the final word on the subject but excellent primer on evangelism.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Adam Gilchrest

    I've attended the Global Leadership Summit for the past few years and always walked away from Bill Hybels talks ready to do something crazy with my life. General George Patton once said, "My theory is that a commander does what is necessary to accomplish his mission and that nearly 80 percent of his mission is to arouse morale in his men." I think by General Pattons standards and in my own small mind Bill Hybels is an excellent commander. That being said, this book is jam packed with theoretical I've attended the Global Leadership Summit for the past few years and always walked away from Bill Hybels talks ready to do something crazy with my life. General George Patton once said, "My theory is that a commander does what is necessary to accomplish his mission and that nearly 80 percent of his mission is to arouse morale in his men." I think by General Pattons standards and in my own small mind Bill Hybels is an excellent commander. That being said, this book is jam packed with theoretical situations which are great if you're trying to discover what following Christ looks like in a practical way, which I am always, but the multitude of theoreticals was a bit overwhelming. I had been one a role with picking books which opened my mind and heart to things I had smashed into dark corners and was hoping this would continue along that path. I didn't finish. On a personal level I'd give it a three but it deserves at least a four. I'm just a crab.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Bobin

    Lot of food for thought and many challenges that will encourage you that you can be yourself and still reach out to others in the name of Jesus.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chockletter

    Reread this book and it was just as good the second time around.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    As a session, we read this book on a Saturday with a an accompanying video which led discussion topics. I found the book to be very informative and relatable to today's society. Throughout this book study, one learns the benefits of becoming a contagious Christian, how to impact others by being yourself, how to deepen relationships and conversations, telling your story, communicating God's message, and helping friends cross the line of Faith. I would recommend a church leadership group to read t As a session, we read this book on a Saturday with a an accompanying video which led discussion topics. I found the book to be very informative and relatable to today's society. Throughout this book study, one learns the benefits of becoming a contagious Christian, how to impact others by being yourself, how to deepen relationships and conversations, telling your story, communicating God's message, and helping friends cross the line of Faith. I would recommend a church leadership group to read this book together to create a plan of impact, and ultimately a plan of growth for your church family.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This was a very useful resource that simplified the daunting and overwhelming task of evangelism into a practical equation. As someone who tends to surround themselves with fellow Christians, this book illuminated the necessity for me to share the Gospel with non-believers in my life. The authors present logical arguments with accurate and ample Scripture that feels like a heartfelt conversation with a caring coach. Plus, in spite of being twenty-five years old, I found the principles presented This was a very useful resource that simplified the daunting and overwhelming task of evangelism into a practical equation. As someone who tends to surround themselves with fellow Christians, this book illuminated the necessity for me to share the Gospel with non-believers in my life. The authors present logical arguments with accurate and ample Scripture that feels like a heartfelt conversation with a caring coach. Plus, in spite of being twenty-five years old, I found the principles presented in the book to match Biblical timelessness and truth.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lacy Lovelace

    I was shocked to learn that I was already heading in the right direction while reading this book! My main problem is with talking to people about Christ but I feel a little more confident. It's all about being yourself when you minister to someone and I found it very refreshing that Bill Hybels came out and gave the reader permission to be himself/herself. I definitely think this book helped me understand better what it takes to be a true Christian.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nickolas Hartman

    This book does a great job highlighting evangelism theory. I was intrigued by the way it changed my approach to evangelism and understanding exactly what it means to share Jesus. The meat of the book happens in the last 6 chapters however the first 10 chapters offer great foundational principals for anyone interested in the topic of evangelism.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Randy Corn

    I think this is the first of Hybels books that I read. It is essentially a book about evangelism and since Hybels built one of the biggest churches in America, he is a voice to be heard. Well worth my time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kymberly

    this is a good book and I will use this book as reference to educate my team to love others and share Jesus with others.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    It was a good book but just did not really keep me hooked throughout it. Some parts were really well done and others just made me struggle reading it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kirk Weikart

    A comprehensive how-to guide to fulfilling your potential to go and make disciples of all nations and people. A classic rendering, but still relevant and useful today.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Pauls

    Great book on practical tips for evangelism for Christians of all personalities!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Read this back in 2002, and found lots of helpful and encouraging things in it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brian Whited

    Hybels has written a book to encourage Christians to become effective witnesses for Christ. He begins his book by stating the reason for evangelism, namely that people matter to God and there are great rewards for becoming a “contagious Christian.” In the rest of his book he goes on to explain how a person can become a better evangelizer by using this formula: High Potency + Close Proximity + Clear Communication = Maximum Impact. This book is aimed for new Christians or older Christians that hav Hybels has written a book to encourage Christians to become effective witnesses for Christ. He begins his book by stating the reason for evangelism, namely that people matter to God and there are great rewards for becoming a “contagious Christian.” In the rest of his book he goes on to explain how a person can become a better evangelizer by using this formula: High Potency + Close Proximity + Clear Communication = Maximum Impact. This book is aimed for new Christians or older Christians that have not had much experience in evangelizing. It explained some great application points about how to begin conversations with people. I also appreciated how he mentioned that Christians have different gifts when it comes to how they interact with people. Hybels encourages the Christian to excel in the gifts God has given. He provided some excellent stories that caste vision for becoming a “Contagious Christian.” The simplicity of the book was both a weak and strong point. I felt the book dragged on at times, however it was often refreshing to hear the Gospel in simple terms. Quote from the book “Second, before you’ll be able to initiate these kinds of discussions, you must start with the heart-felt assurance that not only is your life better now than it was before you knew God, but the lives of others will be better, too, even through the tough times. Without this assurance, it’s almost impossible to motivate yourself to take any meaningful action. You’ll also need a desire to spread His message that’s strong enough to move you to pray regularly for opportunities and then to watch for them throughout each day.” p. 138

  16. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    Hybels likes to speak in business terms, so he breaks down sharing your faith with others to an equasion: HP+CP+CC=MI or High Potency + Close Proximiity + Clear Communication = Maximum Impact. It's fairly simple and I tend to agree with his main ideas. If you want to share your faith with others, it makes sense that you would need to be in tune with God yourself (high potentcy). It also makes sense that you would need to be intentional about building genuine relationships with non-Christians (cl Hybels likes to speak in business terms, so he breaks down sharing your faith with others to an equasion: HP+CP+CC=MI or High Potency + Close Proximiity + Clear Communication = Maximum Impact. It's fairly simple and I tend to agree with his main ideas. If you want to share your faith with others, it makes sense that you would need to be in tune with God yourself (high potentcy). It also makes sense that you would need to be intentional about building genuine relationships with non-Christians (close proximity). I think that this is the most needed piece of advice that Hybels gives. He encourages Christians to get out of their "Christian bubble" and engage with the rest of the world. He suggests joining a gym, community group or book club that is not associated with a Christian organization or church--he advises us to take Christ's advice to be "in the world". The chapter on clear communcation points out different ways to bring up your faith and explain your faith and then lastly, Hybles explains how to encourage and nurture someone who has decided to become a Christian. All in all, the book is a little dated. It doesn't really address the challenges that post-modernism has created for evangelism and his use of the equation as an explanation makes evangelism seem a little cheap. Ultimately, the main point is a good one... Christians need to be thoughtful and intentional about sharing their faith.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    Mittleberg, Strobel and Hybels are really good guys. They are kind and they are well-intentioned. But that said, I find some of the aspects of the evangelism taught here a little creepy. I'm pretty sure if we knew our Hindu friend had a piece of paper with our name on it and all the possible conversation topics he could use with us, specifically, to preach his Hinduism and the different books he could recommend to us, etc., etc. ... we might be a little freaked out (and we get mad when Scientolo Mittleberg, Strobel and Hybels are really good guys. They are kind and they are well-intentioned. But that said, I find some of the aspects of the evangelism taught here a little creepy. I'm pretty sure if we knew our Hindu friend had a piece of paper with our name on it and all the possible conversation topics he could use with us, specifically, to preach his Hinduism and the different books he could recommend to us, etc., etc. ... we might be a little freaked out (and we get mad when Scientologists target movie stars?). It's all really structured, paint-by-numbers and not at all organic. In fact, even the testimonies are dominated by a "before-and-after" feel, which just doesn't ring sincere for a lot of people. The bottom line is that this book (it's a reprint) has been really "successful" for people, but I don't think it's teaching a way of looking at our faith and salvation that is healthy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Allen Lim

    Hmmm... My feelings are mixed about this book. In terms of readability, its certainly not a difficult read, and Hybels does a good job of summarizing the key issues pertaining to the whole area of Evangelism. In particular, I liked his emphasis on being an Authentic Christian, and also his reminders scattered throughout the book to be seeker-sensitive. I guess my main dislikes about the book is how it came across to me as seemingly too pat... I'm sure that Hybels and the many people he mentioned Hmmm... My feelings are mixed about this book. In terms of readability, its certainly not a difficult read, and Hybels does a good job of summarizing the key issues pertaining to the whole area of Evangelism. In particular, I liked his emphasis on being an Authentic Christian, and also his reminders scattered throughout the book to be seeker-sensitive. I guess my main dislikes about the book is how it came across to me as seemingly too pat... I'm sure that Hybels and the many people he mentioned have their fair share of failures, and while these mentioned, they are quickly put aside. Being a book promoting evangelism, I can understand why this is the case... still, I think more examples of his failures would have helped me. After all, we learn as much from failure as from success right? Still, its a good book covering the fundamentals of evangelism... no deep theology here... just basic principles on why and how we are to share our faith.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mundy Carroll

    Probably where a lot of the personal evangelism ideas of the last 20 years started; I thought this was a helpful book, providing some good insights into just living an "effective" Christian life so as to make the most of opportunities to share the gospel. That being said, I think later additions to the personal evangelism library have been more helpful - because; and here is the weakness in this book, the use of the Bible is better in other books. I was left a little uninspired by how Hybels use Probably where a lot of the personal evangelism ideas of the last 20 years started; I thought this was a helpful book, providing some good insights into just living an "effective" Christian life so as to make the most of opportunities to share the gospel. That being said, I think later additions to the personal evangelism library have been more helpful - because; and here is the weakness in this book, the use of the Bible is better in other books. I was left a little uninspired by how Hybels used the Bible in support of his ideas, and his exegesis at times was sloppy (thinking about the Prodigal Son earlier in the book). However; I found some real helpful suggestions here, and was encouraged to try different approaches, but also to be more enthralled by the gospel. Worth a read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    South Asia

    I almost gave this a five. It has some excellent chapters but not every chapter is a must read. I was skeptical at first, but Hybels has some very practical, this is how you do evangelism, tips and motivations. His emphasis on being authentic (how can you commend what you don't cherish?) and being in close proximity to people is good stuff. His final chapter on putting it in action and summing everything up is excellent as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about I almost gave this a five. It has some excellent chapters but not every chapter is a must read. I was skeptical at first, but Hybels has some very practical, this is how you do evangelism, tips and motivations. His emphasis on being authentic (how can you commend what you don't cherish?) and being in close proximity to people is good stuff. His final chapter on putting it in action and summing everything up is excellent as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about evangelism and how to be "evangelistic" practically in the American culture. It also could serve as a wakeup call, as it did for me, about making your whole life a light for Christ.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Johnson

    Hybels provides some helpful tips and methods for starting spiritual conversations and living in a way that can have maximum impact on unbelievers. His formula for this is helpful. I certainly did not agree with all of Hybels methods or some of his use of Scripture, but Contagious Christian can be helpful in a lot of ways. Hybels is most helpful by saying there is no one way to do evangelism. He avoids the pitfall of a lot of evangelism books which usually try to force everyone into one mold, on Hybels provides some helpful tips and methods for starting spiritual conversations and living in a way that can have maximum impact on unbelievers. His formula for this is helpful. I certainly did not agree with all of Hybels methods or some of his use of Scripture, but Contagious Christian can be helpful in a lot of ways. Hybels is most helpful by saying there is no one way to do evangelism. He avoids the pitfall of a lot of evangelism books which usually try to force everyone into one mold, one in which not everyone will fit. As always with Hybels, eat the fish and spit out the bones.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I'll be honest that I didn't finish the book. I read about half way through and was too bored to finish. Hybels speaks in business terms to relate evangelism to people in an easy equation. The book certainly motivates and uses many Bible passages to back up why spreading the good news of Christ in every day activities is easy. However, the book was a dry read and I personally just couldn't relate to the business comparisons in each chapter. I would recommend the book to someone who needs motivat I'll be honest that I didn't finish the book. I read about half way through and was too bored to finish. Hybels speaks in business terms to relate evangelism to people in an easy equation. The book certainly motivates and uses many Bible passages to back up why spreading the good news of Christ in every day activities is easy. However, the book was a dry read and I personally just couldn't relate to the business comparisons in each chapter. I would recommend the book to someone who needs motivation to talk about God in easy every ways and doesn't know how.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    A fine book that emphasizes evangelism as a calling for all disciples of Christ, without pretending there is only one style or approach appropriate to all situations. Hybels and Mittelberg see establishing and nurturing relationships as central to advancing the kingdom of God. Along these lines, they offer practical advice on how to infuse our relationships with the gospel message. In its simple and direct presentation, the book is theologically sloppy in places ... at times minimizing the work A fine book that emphasizes evangelism as a calling for all disciples of Christ, without pretending there is only one style or approach appropriate to all situations. Hybels and Mittelberg see establishing and nurturing relationships as central to advancing the kingdom of God. Along these lines, they offer practical advice on how to infuse our relationships with the gospel message. In its simple and direct presentation, the book is theologically sloppy in places ... at times minimizing the work of the Holy Spirit while inflating our own. Nonetheless, a very helpful book on the whole.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Employing this level of calculation and deliberateness when engaging others seems a little creepy. That said, I've known people with a gift for approaching people with these kinds of methods and for some reason they do not come off as insincere. I took some good things from this book, and I hope those who come to know me benefit from that. "Such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing." - Thomas Paine

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Its been several years since I read this but it is a wonderful book, I love how it emphasizes building relationships with non-Christians, sharing your life with them, and not just looking at them as a project, unlike so many things you hear about how important it is to just share the Gospel with people as quickly as possible.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Edward

    Very helpful to anyone frustrated by a sense of not being able to follow someone's evangelism program. So many evangelism plans are a one-size fits all. Hybels acknowledges we're not all alike in terms of personality, gifting, etc. He offers suggestions as to things that are evangelism that we don't even think of being just that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Very good book. I am pretty sure one of my pastors did a message series on this, so I got more insight on it from the sermons, but this was really wonderfully written. Not only does it give you a bit by bit understanding biblically of how you can be a contagious Christian, but you get some examples of stories and advice on what you can say or do to improve yourself as a witness for others.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This book definitely challenges the reader to follow Jesus' great commission and "go and make disciples of all the nations". It will definitely be a book that I re-read. The book takes you through how to become a contagious christian by encouraging you to use your natural personality to reach people and offers suggestions on how to do it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    A must-read for all Christians, in my opinion. It offers clear, easy-to-read, practical, heavenly-minded yet down-to-earth advice on how to be believers in Jesus who make Him look good by being attractively authentic, compassionate, and willing to invest their lives in others - the way we are meant to be.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sam B

    It's good, nothing groundbreaking or world changing. Ironically, or perhaps unfortunately, I thought the best part of the book was the first third, before he actually gets into the actual subject matter that makes up most of the book. If you pick it up, you won't regret it (though there will be parts you just skim over), but I wouldn't expect it to blow you away.

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