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Graceful Evangelism: Christian Witness in a Complex World
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Graceful Evangelism: Christian Witness in a Complex World


Baker Academic 2011

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Although evangelism has been practiced in different ways across the centuries, it has always been crucial to Christianity. This text by a seasoned evangelism scholar offers a comprehensive treatment of evangelism, from biblical models to contemporary practice. Frances Adeney shows that new evangelism theologies and methods are necessary in today’s religiously pluralistic and secular contexts. She provides a historical survey of evangelism, assesses the current situation, and offers a way forward. By understanding different contexts and approaches to evangelism and accepting the views of others on this crucial topic, readers can replace the “evangelism wars” (social action vs. proclamation) with a more graceful approach to sharing God’s good news with the world. Professors and students in evangelism, outreach, ministry, and missions courses; evangelism and mission scholars; and pastors, church leaders, and missionaries will value this work.

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Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive treatment of evangelism
  • Includes theological discussions of modern evangelism
  • Provides a historical survey of evangelism and offers a way forward


  • What Is Evangelism? Perspectives and Problems
  • What Does the Bible Say? Biblical Models of Evangelism
  • Patterns of Evangelism through the Ages
  • The Western Missionary Movement in the Nineteenth Century: An American Perspective
  • The Situation for Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century: Two Sides of a Coin
  • Today’s Mission Trends
  • Contemporary Theologies of Evangelism
  • Abundant Life
  • A Mission Statement for Evangelism
  • Changing Context: Transforming Mission
  • Insights from Contemporary Theologies of Evangelism
  • Challenges to Crafting a Graceful Evangelism
  • Changes: New Movements and Institutional Re-visionings
  • Seeing through Their Eyes: A Spiral of Knowledge Acquisition
  • Radical Habits: Practices for Evangelism Today

Praise for the Print Edition

Frances Adeney calls the church to be graceful—gentle, humble, respectful—in its evangelism, and she writes her book in the same graceful way. These pages are filled with experience, conviction, and faith. They should inspire pastors, students, and ordinary Christians, all of whom are called to live out their baptismal vocation to evangelize.

—Stephen Bevans, professor of mission and culture, Catholic Theological Union

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About Frances S. Adeney

Frances S. Adeney is William A. Benfield Jr. Professor of Evangelism and Global Mission at Louisville Seminary. She has authored and contributed to many books, including Christianity Encountering World Religions, Christianity and Human Rights, and Christian Women in Indonesia: A Narrative Study of Gender and Religion.

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