Evangelical Hospitality: Catechetical Evangelism in the Early Church and its Recovery for Today by Tory K. BaucumEvangelical Hospitality: Catechetical Evangelism in the Early Church and its Recovery for Today by Tory K. Baucum

Evangelical Hospitality: Catechetical Evangelism in the Early Church and its Recovery for Today

byTory K. Baucum

Paperback | October 14, 2008

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Christian faith is always a leap. When the leap takes particularly long in a society the Church has characteristically shortened that leap through a process approach to winning seekers known as "catechetical evangelism." Author Tory Baucum explores catechumenal evangelism in the early Church and its recovery in the early modern period in Methodism and late modernity (or postmodernity) in the Alpha course. Baucum seeks to describe the salient features of "catechetical evangelism" and why it is effective at creating an environment that shortens the leap from unbelief to belief. Evangelical Hospitality describes a church that has lost touch with its deep memory of evangelization, the recovery of that memory in catechetical ministry, and the kinds of practices this recovery spawns in the Church. After describing the social construction of faith communities, the bulk of the book examines four core practices, which are entailed in creating cultures of faith-places where believing in Christ becomes plausible and possible. The book concludes with some perennial principles from Christian communities who learn to construct faith cultures.
Tory K. Baucum is an Anglican priest who serves Alpha International and serves as the Rector of Truro (Anglican) Church, Fairfax, VA.
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Title:Evangelical Hospitality: Catechetical Evangelism in the Early Church and its Recovery for TodayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:226 pages, 9.08 × 6.11 × 0.69 inPublished:October 14, 2008Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081085841X

ISBN - 13:9780810858411

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Evangelical Hospitality is a rare and genuine breakthrough. Baucum gives teachers, students and practitioners a simple outline for evangelistic effectiveness in the postmodern milieu. Evangelical Hospitality convincingly demonstrates that conversion and conversation are related-etymologically and practically. When people's deepest questions and concerns of life are listened to in the context of Christian hospitality offered through a nice meal, friendship and teaching, then you have the ancient and future formula of what Baucum has termed 'catechetical evangelism.' If discipleship to Jesus and becoming Spirit-enabled ambassadors of the Kingdom of God is the goal of evangelism, this simple historic pattern provides a powerful recipe for success.