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Selling Swimsuits In The Arctic: Seven Simple Keys To Growing Churches [Paperback]

By Adam Hamilton (Author)
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The pastor of one of today's most dynamic churches illumines the basic principles of attracting the unchurched to the Christian message. Using the story of Bob, a successful swimsuit salesman whose business takes a turn for the worse when he moves to Alaska, Adam Hamilton reminds us that all of life is about sales. Whether we are in a job interview, a candidates' debate, or a classroom, we are selling something: our skills, our convictions, our selves. The same is true of presenting the gospel to the unchurched. In leading a friend to a saving relationship with Christ, in inviting them to join us at church, we are presenting them with something that we believe they need, that will make all the difference in their life. Yet if we don't understand what we are presenting, who we are presenting it to, if we don't believe in the message we are offering, or if we don't believe that people need that message more than anything else, then we will not be faithful witnesses to it. In short, says Hamilton, if we don't understand some of the most basic principles that all successful salespersons know, then we will not succeed in presenting the message of Christ to those who most need to hear it. By telling the humorous and quirky story of Bob trying to sell swimsuits in the Arctic, Hamilton explains the fundamental concepts of sales that also apply in how we spread the gospel message. Drawing on his experience as the leader of one of the country's fastest-growing churches, he offers pastors and other Christian leaders solid, simple guidance on how to share the faith, and grow one's congregation.

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The pastor of one of today s most dynamic churches illumines the basic principles of attracting the unchurched to the Christian message.
Using the story of Bob, a successful swimsuit salesman whose business takes a turn for the worse when he moves to Alaska, Adam Hamilton reminds us that all of life is about sales. Whether we are in a job interview, a candidates debate, or a classroom, we are selling something: our skills, our convictions, our selves. The same is true of presenting the gospel to the unchurched. In leading a friend to a saving relationship with Christ, in inviting them to join us at church, we are presenting them with something that we believe they need, that will make all the difference in their life. Yet if we don t understand what we are presenting, who we are presenting it to, if we don t believe in the message we are offering, or if we don t believe that people need that message more than anything else, then we will not be faithful witnesses to it. In short, says Hamilton, if we don t understand some of the most basic principles that all successful salespersons know, then we will not succeed in presenting the message of Christ to those who most need to hear it.
By telling the humorous and quirky story of Bob trying to sell swimsuits in the Arctic, Hamilton explains the fundamental concepts of sales that also apply in how we spread the gospel message. Drawing on his experience as the leader of one of the country s fastest-growing churches, he offers pastors and other Christian leaders solid, simple guidance on how to share the faith, and grow one s congregation."

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The pastor of one of today's most dynamic churches illumines the basic principles of attracting the unchurched to the Christian message.

Using the story of Bob, a successful swimsuit salesman whose business takes a turn for the worse when he moves to Alaska, Adam Hamilton reminds us that all of life is about sales. Whether we are in a job interview, a candidates' debate, or a classroom, we are selling something: our skills, our convictions, our selves. The same is true of presenting the gospel to the unchurched. In leading a friend to a saving relationship with Christ, in inviting them to join us at church, we are presenting them with something that we believe they need, that will make all the difference in their life. Yet if we don't understand what we are presenting, who we are presenting it to, if we don't believe in the message we are offering, or if we don't believe that people need that message more than anything else, then we will not be faithful witnesses to it. In short, says Hamilton, if we don't understand some of the most basic principles that all successful salespersons know, then we will not succeed in presenting the message of Christ to those who most need to hear it.

By telling the humorous and quirky story of Bob trying to sell swimsuits in the Arctic, Hamilton explains the fundamental concepts of sales that also apply in how we spread the gospel message. Drawing on his experience as the leader of one of the country's fastest-growing churches, he offers pastors and other Christian leaders solid, simple guidance on how to share the faith, and grow one's congregation.

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   59
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.21"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
ISBN  0687343844  
ISBN13  9780687343843  


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More About Adam Hamilton


Adam Hamilton Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and PBS s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly identified him as one of the top Ten People to Watch. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winningauthor of Why? Making Sense of God's Will, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong, Confronting the Controversies, Making Love Last a Lifetime, Unleashing the Word, Leading Beyond the Walls, Selling Swimsuits in the Arctic, Christianity and World Religions, Christianity's Family Tree and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.

Adam Hamilton currently resides in Leawood, in the state of Kansas. Adam Hamilton was born in 1964.

Adam Hamilton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Abingdon Press & the Church of the Resurrection Ministry Gui
  2. Call
  3. John
  4. Not a Silent Night Advent
  5. Revival
  6. Way


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Reviews - What do customers think about Selling Swimsuits In The Arctic: Seven Simple Keys To Growing Churches?

Great discussion starter  Jan 17, 2007
I used this book for conducting a Sunday School class over the last several weeks. Each chapter lends itself very well stimulating discussion and sharing of ideas.
 
Selling Swimsuits In The Artic  Mar 2, 2006
This was a great book. The advise was easy to understand, the models were entertaining, the asides about the authors experience in other churches was relavent. I asked our pastor to use this book for a study for the entire staff. I have ordered another copy for my personal reference.
This is a useful guide!
 
useful intro to church marketinig  Oct 7, 2005
Adam Hamilton recognizes that churches are often resistant to marketing techniques for fear of somehow compromising the Gospel. Yet he writes that marketing is simply effective evangelism. He shows that some basic techniques of marketing are essential to being a growing church in a postmodern context.

He sets his effort within the context of a swimsuit salesman named Bob who moves to Barrow, Alaska with his new wife. Through Bob's efforts to sell swimsuits in the Arctic he shows basic principles necessary to market the church effectively today.

A short 30-45 minute read that's fun. Would be a useful study group tool for church councils and evangelism teams
 
The Secret to Church Relevance and Growth  May 19, 2005
Adam Hamilton puts together the secret to creating a church that grows because it serves the needs of its neighbors. Church administrators can sometimes be averse to using sales techniques to promote their programs, but Hamilton shows how lessons from the business world can help churches tailor their offerings to better attract and serve its neighbors. Although the allegory of Bob the Salesman is predictable and somewhat two-dimensional, the life lessons contained in this volume remains valuable and timeless.
 
Helpful in the Business World Too!  Apr 20, 2005
I just started working in sales a couple of months ago, and even though this book is aimed at churches and ministies it was extremely helpful to me from a professional standpoint! Sure it's very basic, but like he says in the book... we all need to be reminded of the basics once in a while.
would also recommend for growing churches or churches that need to grow! Just great!
 

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