Mainline Protestant Churches struggle with evangelism. It's not that they don't have people with strong faith. It's not that they don't have a story to tell. The reasons for this reluctance are complex. Some are theological -- most of us don't believe that God consigns people to hell if they don't believe in Jesus. Some are concerned about imposing their beliefs on others. Still others equate evangelism with TV evangelists, sidewalk preachers, or those groups that knock on doors. You know, the people many find annoying. So, it's better to keep one's faith to one's self!
My congregation has tried to come to grips with this by exploring together a series of books written by Martha Grace Reese. Martha Grace is a Disciples pastor and a researcher who has provided an excellent set of resources. These are not a self-contained program that by themselves will change your church over night. It is simply a process that gets congregations doing two things -- praying and sharing their faith stories.
There are four books in the series, all published by Chalice Press: Unbinding the Gospel, Unbinding Your Heart, Unbinding Your Church, and most recently Unbinding Your Soul.
Here is a video introduction. Following that I offer links to my own reviews of the books that have been posted earlier on the blog.
For reviews, click on the title link: