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Loving Your Church by Making Space for Everyone

By Jen Oshman, foreword by Tim Challies

How every church member can be like Jesus by making newcomers and outsiders feel part of the church family

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Walking into church can be intimidating, whether for the first time or after a period of absence, whether you are a non-believer or a believer. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your church was a place where everyone received a warm welcome? A place where newcomers can quickly feel at home and where non-believers receive the welcome of God’s people alongside the welcome of Jesus?

This warm, practical book by Jen Oshman explores what the Bible says to help readers discover how to make space for others, however different they are to them, in their church and in their lives. She also gives practical advice, drawing on good practice from churches around the world in a range of situations. In a world of division, individualism, and isolation, readers will see that their church can witness to Christ by being a place of welcome, community, and connection.

Chapters include how Jesus welcomes us, the impact of welcoming in the early church, the effect of being siblings in Christ, how to welcome beyond Sunday, helpful systems and strategies, how our joy in Christ causes us to be outward-looking, and mirroring the glorious vision set out in Revelation.

Whether you’re a pastor looking to encourage your congregation to welcome others or a church member wanting to see unbelievers come to faith and help everyone feel part of the family, this book is for you.

There are discussion questions at the end of every chapter with action steps, making it ideal to read as a small group or even a whole church. Bulk deals and free downloadable worksheets are available.

This is one of the first books in the new Love Your Church series, which is being written by a collection of Bible teachers from Acts29. It is designed to inspire every church member to love their church in practical ways by casting a biblical vision of what it means to be a local community of God’s family. The series will explore what it means to belong, to welcome, to gather, to care, to serve, and to honor one another, and to witness and send people out to spread the gospel.

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Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. How Jesus Welcomes Us
  • 2. The Radical Welcome of the Early Church
  • 3. This Church Opens Wide Her Doors
  • 4. Welcome to the Family
  • 5. Welcoming Way beyond Sunday
  • 6. Systems and Strategies for Sunday and Every Day
  • 7. An Outward Focus
  • Conclusion: As We Have Been Welcomed…

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Contributors Jen Oshman, Tim Challies
ISBN 9781784988289
Format Paperback
First published January 2023
Dimensions 5.1" x 7.8" x 0.4"
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 144
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

J.T. English

Lead Pastor, Storyline Fellowship, Arvada, Colorado; Author, Deep Discipleship

The most welcoming place on the planet should be the church, and the most welcoming people on the planet should be Christians. Why? So that sinners can hear the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In Welcome, we are invited to fling open the doors of the church and open the doors of our lives so that all people will have the chance to hear about who Jesus is and what he has accomplished for a lost and dying world.

Hunter Beless

Host, Journeywoman Podcast; Author, Read It, See It, Say It, Sing It!

Welcome provides biblical encouragement to mirror the work of our kind and hospitable God. Jen Oshman encourages readers to sacrificially welcome others as Christ welcomed us. I want to give every member of my local church a copy of this compelling book!

Gavin Ortlund

Pastor, First Baptist Church of Ojai, California; Author, Why God Makes Sense in a World That Doesn't

The gospel should create a culture of welcome (Romans 15:7) so that the local church is, as Jen Oshman beautifully puts it, ‘a porch light in a dark night.’ This is all the more important in a time of deep loneliness and fragmentation. This wonderful book will help both church leaders and regular members build a culture in their churches that reflects the welcome of the gospel. It is filled with practical ideas, biblical and historical wisdom, and counsel that touches the heart. Highly recommended!

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