Reaching The Unchurched: The Courtyard Of The Gentiles

Q & A. Nothing Is Off Limits.

Q & A Nothing Is Off Limits by First Hattiesburg on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

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?

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One thought on “Reaching The Unchurched: The Courtyard Of The Gentiles

  1. I read the website you suggested and while I’m excited to see what comes of it, and hopefully I’ll get to see it when it comes to Chicago, I’m concerned. Christ said that the gate was narrow and there would be few who find it. By opening up to an ecumenical system that doesn’t, in the end, point people to their sin and redemption through Christ, are we really solving the problem of eternity?

    In my heart, I believe the answer really lies in relationships. Each of us needs good relationships with unbelieving peers in order to (hopefully) present the Gospel at some point.

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