The Power of Everyday Missionaries (Paperback)
The What and How of Sharing the Gospel
"Uncomfortable." "Intimidating." That's how many people describe member missionary work. Clayton Christensen admits that he and his wife, Christine, felt that way in the past too. But they also recognized the tremendous blessings associated with the work, and they wanted to learn how to share the gospel in ways that would be natural and rewarding.
Clayton's expertise as an innovator kicked in, and he set out with friends and family members to find a more effective approach to member missionary work. Their refreshing perspectives are presented in this book, which includes inspiring, unusual stories that demonstrate the effectiveness of the ideas. Chances are, you'll discover you're already doing a lot of the things mentioned, and with just a little tweak here and there, you'll be sharing the gospel naturally as part of your everyday interactions. Along the way, you'll feel the deep joy that comes from helping others discover the most precious blessing in the world: the gospel of Jesus Christ.
*Bookshelf eBook is Enhanced
- Size: 7 x 9
- Pages: 160
- Year Published: 2013
About the Author
CLAYTON M. CHRISTENSEN is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is the author of eight critically acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution, and How Will You Measure Your Life? He has received numerous awards for his research and writing. Well known for his work on innovation, he was named the world’s most influential business thinker in 2011 by Thinkers50. Brother Christensen has served as an Area Seventy, bishop, counselor to three mission presidents, and in many other Church callings. He and his wife, Christine, live in Belmont, Massachusetts.
A must handbook for Ward Mission Leaders and Bishoprics
by David - reviewed on December 29, 2012
Brother Christensen writes a real practical guide on how to naturally share the Gospel. The book is packed with stories that model the how's and the powerful impact that comes from doing member missionary work.
A MUST READ!
by Lee - reviewed on February 02, 2013
It is a rare privilege to have someone of Clayton Christensen's reputation and intellect attack a practical problem like member-missionary work. As a former mission president, I am particularly impressed with the way Clay brings innovative solutions to the long-standing challenge of motivating and equipping members of the LDS Church to be effective member-missionaries. The special power of this book is Clayton and his wife, Christine, have been exemplary member missionaries for their entire adult lives, and they have also instilled a similar missionary zeal in their children. This is a must read for anyone who desires to be a more effective member missionary.
An Excellent Member-Missionary Book
by Gary - reviewed on January 21, 2013
I haven't read a better book for member-missionaries. I wish that I had read this book many years ago. I have no doubt that my experiences as a member missionary would have met with much greater success. The practical suggestions and examples in this book are priceless. I recommend it to anyone who wants to be a more effective member-missionary.
This book is a life changer
by Customer - reviewed on February 26, 2013
This book has changed the way I look at the responsibility EVERY member has to share the gospel and, even more importantly, has told me HOW to do it. It gives the specifics of how to share the gospel -- something I've always thought was missing from lessons given on Sundays.
Excellent perspective about the as-is nature of sharing the Gospel.
by Kelly - reviewed on November 30, 2013
I find myself correlating Clayton's experiences and insights with the hastening of the work. I especially appreciate his articulation of the leadership challenge of missionary work. We really do catch the flame of missionary work by doing it. The articulations of how are wonderful.
I love this book--I have always wanted to be a better member missionary
by Raymond - reviewed on May 05, 2013
I love this book! All my life I have wanted to be a better member missionary. This book is an inspired treatment of how a church member who has a desire to have missionary experiences can and will have them. The process is so do-able, and the rewards so great! Thank you, Bro. Christensen, for taking the time to share your experiences and what you have learned with the rest of us non-natural but willing and hopeful missionaries.
ABSOLUTLY AMAZING FOR EVERYDAY MISSIONARY IDEAS!
by Customer - reviewed on March 22, 2013
This book is wonderful! It is a must have for every member of the church! It provides you with not just ideas but real life examples to help you in your daily missionary efforts just as we have been asked to do. Just as the Prophet Joseph smith said "after all our greatest duty is to preach the Gospel." Just in the Past month from using just a few of the principles in this book we have brought 5 people to start learning about the Gospel from just simple invitations!
This book is awesome!
by Jason - reviewed on October 22, 2013
My wife and I used the principles in this book and we were able to share the gospel with a family that have become dear friends of ours. They have all gotten baptized and it was an amazing experience for us and our children to be participants and witnesses in the miracle of their conversion. Thank you brother Christensen!
This Book is a game-changer
by Scott - reviewed on February 07, 2013
Leave it to the world's expert in disruptive technologies (things like ipod and iphone) to change the entire world of missionary work. It's a TOTAL game-changer. For example he shows why it cannot be against business/employment policy to share the gospel any more than they can prohibit discussions of politics or sports at work. Then he walks you through how to talk to your co-workers, even up to the CEO, about the principles of the gospel which are really principles of pure truth. Times this example by 10 and you start to get an idea of just how amazing this book is. If you read this book, you will never be the same.
A MUST READ!
by Shauna - reviewed on January 08, 2013
Take everything you have ever learned about being a "member missionary" and then re-think it through this book. Sometimes we know WHAT we need to do But we just don't know HOW to do it. Clayton Christensen helps us understand the HOW of being a member missionary through some simple techniques. Here are just a few: 1. Do not judge who YOU think will be receptive...leave that to the Lord. 2. Use Gospel-lingo in everyday conversations...it will open up natural conversations. 3. Share the truth...it is really that simple. 4. Set goals and deadlines...it is easy to say "I'll do it tomorrow." But tomorrow never comes. 5. Become a "virtual missionary" by posting a blog or answering questions on blogs. This book also has some AMAZING insights for EVERYONE on HOW to pray, study the scriptures and how to keep the Sabbath Day holy. Great stories to illustrate the principles taught and a powerful testimony at the end.
by Merle - reviewed on March 12, 2013
One of the world's most brilliant thinkers has studied, thought through, and come up with the greatest ways for every member to be a missionary. It does not surprise me at all that this book comes right after the prophet's announcement to lower the age of the missionaries and the announcement of 58 new missions. Now all members need to digest this incredible book so that we can help the missionaries and be an instrument in the Lord's hand for spreading His gospel. It's critical in our time. You'll never find a better book than this.
Super Powerful Book a must read
by Cindy - reviewed on August 18, 2013
As a convert who has tried to be an active member missionary since my conversion in 1978, I knew I had a lot to learn about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with family and others. This book successfully points out the most loving and caring ways to share this message with others. It all makes so much sense, that I have wondered why I hadn't figured it out myself before. When I look back at my own conversion I realize that my own testimony developed when members were doing these things. A ward member bought these books and handed them out at a ward council meeting for us to read and pass along. I am ordering more to pass around immediately. I want to keep a copy for myself. All families need to understand these beautiful principles. This book will quickly change the world.
The best book on member missioinary work I have ever read.
by Wade W. - reviewed on January 27, 2013
I feel deeply grateful for the book, The Power of Everyday Missionaries by Clayton Christensen. In the May 2003 General Conference, Elder Henry B. Eyring commented as follows: I know now that the great miracle, a mighty change, will come inside the members, not in the world around them. As a three time missionary to Japan, I arranged to have three things related to sharing the gospel previously published by Clayton Christensen translated into Japanese to share with leaders and members of the Church in Japan. Now posted on the Japan Church website. These translations have stimulated a stronger interest among members there. Now, it appears more translation needs to be done. I have sent a copy of this new book to the Japanese leader in Japan who led the effort to make a video about members sharing the gospel. He is anxious to get the book. Perhaps not everything in the book will be exactly applicable to Japan, but I believe the principles taught are applicable. I quote from the book’s introduction: “I have spent a large portion of my life working to build the kingdom of God through missionary work---and in so doing have worked hard to understand what God told Isaiah: ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways’ (Isaiah 55:8). .. “Many of us know people who seem to be “natural missionaries,” almost as if they have an innate gift that makes sharing the gospel easy for them. My wife, Christine, and I certainly are not naturals at this. We found the work uncomfortable and intimidating at the outset, which I recognize in retrospect was because we were following many of the thoughts and ways of man.” Now I add from the Epilogue: “The choice to cobble together this book of stories from my own life and the lives of those I know well was a hard one because I have tried very hard to stay out of life’s spotlight. But I adopted this approach because I wanted to describe not just what I’ve learned about sharing the gospel, but how I have learned, little by little, about the thoughts and ways of God.” In my opinion, this is by far the best book I have ever read about sharing the gospel. I have bought and shared several copies and will buy more in the future. The more it is read, I expect this book to make a significant difference, not only in the growth of the Church, but also in the retention of those who choose to accept and live the Gospel. I am trying to learn and practice the principles in this book. If I love God, I must also love what He loves. And He loves His children, all of them. And if I have a testimony, I must share what I know with those I love. And to do it well, I must do it under His guidance. This book helps me much in this effort.
by Vittoria - reviewed on February 04, 2013
As a fairly recent convert and a new ward missionary this book has been a life line, it is easy to read and understand and yet full of really useful and inspirational information.As I read each chapter I found myself talking non stop to my fellow ward missionaries and sharing the information with them, I wanted to jump up and down with excitement as I read and re-read the book. Ive even ordered more copies for my friends. Truly wonderful book.
by Marnie - reviewed on June 13, 2013
My sister sent a copy of this to me. I have to confess that I probably wouldn't have read it without her encouragement. But once I started, I couldn't put it down. And now I can't stop talking about it! It makes missionary work seem so much less intimidating. I'm going to buy copies to pass around among ward friends.
Courage in the work
by Gary - reviewed on January 30, 2013
This is one of the most useful books I have ever read. Christensen offers examples of how he and his family have overcome the normal fears we all face when we have a chance to talk about the Church. His book is an inspiration to be strong and proud of what we feel and believe. My children live all over the United States and this is a book I know they will read and read again. Christensen often writes about the "job" a person or a product is trying to accomplish. In this book he helps us understand our job as examples and teachers to our neighbors and friends but most importantly he teaches how to do the job of sharing the good news.
This book is the best synopsis of member missionary work that I have ever seen.
by Kent - reviewed on March 03, 2013
This is an incredible resource for member missionaries. It is a must read for every new mission president, stake president, bishop and ward mission leader. The book describes simple and effective missionary tools that are easy to apply. The missionary accounts demonstrate how the tools can be used. Please, please read this book!
The reader will see the faith of a modern day Nephi in action!
by carol - reviewed on January 15, 2014
I thought I had heard most of Clayton Christensen's stories because I know him, lived in Boston for 3 years and have read several of his books, but this book is new and innovative. He just never stops learning and coming up with new insights in how to do everything from missionary work and parenting to health care and managing businesses. His chapter on Internet missionaries is just one example of this. His faith just keeps growing and it is very inspiring to read his personal thoughts and experiences. He really is an everyday missionary and will teach you how to become one too. Excellent book!