Creating A Prodigal Friendly Church Paperback

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Creating A Prodigal Friendly Church

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With insights into the Jewish background of Jesus most important parable of love, forgiveness and acceptance, ‘Creating a Prodigal Friendly Church’ by Jeff Lucas focuses on why people leave your church and how to win them back. As a church leader or church member you know the pain and sense of failure when a member of your community leaves – or even stays but clearly no longer feels that they belong.

Church leader, speaker and writer, Jeff Lucas offers you the comfort that all is not lost for individuals and communities, and the challenges the attitudes within the church that lead people to feel uncomfortable. With an understanding of the prodigal from the prodigal’s point of view this readable book moves on to give you wisdom and down to earth practical help in making your church the place prodigals will run to – and not from!

Jeff discusses the principles and methods of how to reach those who've already left the church, how to help people return to the church and how to keep the people you've worked so hard to reach. It all comes down to love: bringing our prodigals to the cross of Christ and the Father's house. Because, after all, we’re all prodigals and that’s the home we’re all trying to find again. Jeff helps us all come home.

Creating A Prodigal Friendly Church by Jeff Lucas was published by Zondervan in February 2008 and is our 16682nd best seller. The ISBN for Creating A Prodigal Friendly Church is 9780310267249.

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Most of us have prodigals in our lives, whether a child, brother, sister, husband, wife, or friend. The ache for these dear ones is like no other. They may hurt us and disappoint us, but somehow we cannot stop loving them. And yet we cannot live their lives for them.

The Prodigal-Friendly Church looks at why people leave the church, how we can retain them, how we can reach those who have already gone, and how we can help those who return feel like they belong. Jeff Lucas offers no easy recipes for success, but plenty of truthtelling, hope, and encouragement.

This book discusses the principles of: • Reach: How do we reach those who’ve already left the church? • Return: How do we help people return to the church? • Retain: How do we retain the people we’ve worked so hard to reach? Ultimately we are called to bring our prodigals to the cross of Christ, for there we find the mingling of our own utter helplessness and God’s total power to intervene and save. When the Father’s house is filled with the Father’s love, there is hope that the prodigals will come home.


"I read this book twice. The first time I was captivated by the way that Jeff Lucas analysed the so familiar story of the Prodigal Son – I particularly appreciated the depth of understanding brought by having a better knowledge of the Jewish cultural context, and this has only increased my appreciation of the grace of God."

"The second time I read it I was much more aware of how this story can contribute to our understanding of how to be ‘prodigal friendly’ as individuals and church communities." (Christianity Magazine)


Details for Creating A Prodigal Friendly Church

Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherZondervan (February 2008)
Number of Pages192
Thickness15 mm
Height216 mm
Width139 mm
Product Code1121411
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