Courses on Christian basics that are often used for evangelistic purposes, such as Alpha, often tend to assume a surprising amount of existing knowledge about the Christian faith. As such, they are suitable tools for reaching people we refer to as the ‘dechurched’ – people who used to be involved in church or grew up in church, but left.
But how do we reach and build relationships with the ‘unchurched’ – those who have never had a church background? Far less can be assumed, and a longer journey to faith can be expected.
Here is one Roman Catholic idea for dialogue with such people. It is called the ‘Courtyard of the Gentiles’, and arose from the ‘Year of Faith’ that the last Pope initiated, and which recently finished. You can read about it here.
What do you think?