The starting and ending points for all outreach have to be love. The most effective way to reach people for Jesus is through servant evangelism—showing God’s love in practical ways. This type of outreach is what Jesus modeled, is culturally relevant, and values people. The goal should be to invite people to take the next step from where they are.
Friendship Community Church, led by Pastor Todd Stevens, has experienced tremendous growth through acts of kindness. The church’s most radical servant evangelism project is Nashville Strip Church, founded by Erin Stevens. Erin’s life changed when God told her to “go feed the strippers.” With home-cooked meals and gift bags, Erin shows dancers that God loves them. How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness includes the story of a dancer who has come to know Christ, left the strip club industry through Erin’s ministry, and is now serving with Erin to reach other strippers.
From feeding the homeless, to Easter egg hunts for special needs children, to ministering in a strip club,How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness provides exciting ideas for showing God’s love in practical ways.
- Stories from servant evangelism events, including Strip Church
- Ideas for showing God’s love in practical ways
- Inspiration to step out of your comfort zone to serve people
|Contributor(s)||Todd Stevens, Erin Stevens, Refraction|
|About the Contributor(s)||Todd Stevens
Todd Stevens is the pastor of Friendship Community Church, one of the fastest growing churches in America. Friendship is known for finding creative ways to show God's love in the community, and over 90% of the regular attenders are involved in service opportunities. Todd is also a church consultant in the area of servant evangelism.
Erin Stevens is the founder of Nashville Strip Church, a ministry that reaches out to the employees of strip clubs. She and her husband Todd met while they were each pursuing their MBA. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and homeschooling her three boys.
Refraction books speak to the most troubling issues we face today in a candid dialog that interacts with our culture through a biblical lens, utilizing a holistic approach of intellectual engagement, emotional vulnerability, and spiritual challenge for the next generation.
|Release Date||Jun 17, 2014|
- Review by Nellie Dee
This book gave me a new sense of motivation and definitely made me see the truth in living by planning to serve others every day. I am now more determined to not just wait for God to bring someone across my path, but to purposely plan, visit and find ways to connect with my neighbors.
The one area I would say that I might in some way disagree with the author is in his discussion about the giving of one's time. I believe that our time may be just as important and may be more important than our money. Money may cover a need but time spent with a neighbor builds trust and friendship and screams louder than money that one cares about that person they are willing to spend time with.
This book is a must read for every one who claims to be a follower of Christ. It's something we all know instinctively, and yet, need to hear and be reminded. Let's get out there church!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review from the publishers and BookLookBloggers. I was not required to give a positive review.
(Posted on 8/26/2014)