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One Generation from Extinction

When Robert Raikes started his first Sunday School in 1780, he saw his idea grow to reach 300,000 unchurched children within five years – this in a nation widely ignorant of Christian ideas and values. Mark Griffiths has used Raikes’ pioneering work in examining child evangelism in the UK. Working from extensive local and national research (leading to a PhD), he considers how children ‘tick’, what basic theology is at work in Christian outreach, and what constitutes best practice in child evangelism. His text is studded with insights and observations, and brings together the author’s passion for his subject with the rigour of careful research. This is an unparalleled resource, laying the foundations of future growth.

About the Author
Mark Griffiths is married to Rhian and they have three children, Nia, Owen and Elliot. He has developed outreach children’s clubs, children’s discipleship groups, after-school clubs, Sunday schools, holiday clubs, schools ministry and summer camps and passionately believes that successful children’s ministry is a major key to church growth. He is author of Fusion, Impact, and Detonate, and a curate in the Church of England.


‘Mark is a key thinker and practitioner. Every church that cares about the future should give this work the close attention it deserves.’
Gavin Calver (National Director, British Youth for Christ)

‘A provocative and comprehensive study. Mark Griffiths provides an invaluable resource.’
Pastor Bill Wilson (Metro Ministries, New York)

‘A powerful challenge to all churches to make an urgent priority of ministering more effectively to children. The re-evangelization of our nation and the rebuilding of our broken society depend on it.’
Wes Richards (Senior Pastor, King’s Church International, Windsor)

‘A seminal book’
Dr Keith J. White (Chair of the Child Theology Movement)

‘Insightful and thought-provoking. Read this book and be challenged!’
Pastor Andrew Shepherd (Edge Church, Adelaide, Australia)

‘Every now and again, leaders catch sight of something of real importance – something potentially world-changing that shapes the way you look at what you do. Mark has just done that.’
Alan charter (Associate Director, Scripture Union)

‘Mark makes possible a whole new debate about how we share Jesus. He raises vital and pertinent questions. Every church leader should read it.’
Dave Roberts (Founding Member, Christian Ministry Conference, Children Matter!)


Publisher : Monarch Books; New edition (20 Nov. 2009)
Language : English
Paperback : 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 1854249290
ISBN-13 : 978-1854249296
Dimensions : 15.6 x 1.93 x 23.39 cm

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