From Visitor to Disciple: Eight Ways Your Church Can Help

Posted by on Oct 29, 2005 in Wycliffe Booklets | One Comment
Most churches identify themselves as friendly communities. Yet the experience of a first-time visitor is often one of confusion, embarrassment and even alienation. John Bowen helps us think through the steps by which we can make that first visit a positive one, so that a visitor will feel confidence to return, to explore the reality of faith, and to move towards discipleship. 

For the full text of this booklet in PDF format, click here

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John Bowen was Professor of Evangelism and Director of the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College from 1997 till 2013, and then Director of Wycliffe Serves! until 2016. Now retired, he is happily engaged in preaching, teaching, mentoring and writing. John is married to Deborah, an English professor. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

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    Don from the Turtle
    September 3, 2010

    Hi John,

    Thanks for making these booklets available online. Our parish is in transition at the moment looking for a new 2nd member of the clergy team and also realizing that a reassessment of the state of its ministry and resources is necessary. In conjunction with our Diocese’s “Back To Church Sunday” initiative, I believe this little booklet will provide a fruitful opportunity to get more conversation going.

    Practically speaking, it costs me about 1.10 to print a booklet on my laser printer, making it easily available to parishioners and extremely affordable! Thanks again.


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