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A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 5-7, 2020
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

Bruce Green

Bridge Building Consultant

Bridge Building with Muslims

Los Altos, CA

(510) 828-4561

Consultant, Bridges to Common Ground. For the last 18 years Rev. Green has built bridges of trust with the Afghan Community in "Little Kabul" (Fremont, CA). He is a board member of the Afghan Coalition, the largest social-service agency run by Afghans in California. His experience includes church youth ministry, overseas missionary work in Muslim-majority nations, Business as Missions, executive mission leadership, and interfaith dialogue. He is the primary author of “Islam & Christianity,” Rose Publications.

2020 Workshop

Evangelism & Outreach: Bridge Building with Muslims: Evangelism Without Extracting Trophy Converts

3/7/2020 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Room: N15

When it comes to Muslims too often we “Christianize” instead of evangelize; and we wonder why our message is not received as good news. Extracting a few trophy converts is not “good news” to the local Muslim community. Viewing individual Muslims as part of their extended family and community is important in building bridges of trust for meaningful two-way communication. Always ask the question: Will my words or actions build bridges or barriers? Barrier-building results in “Christianizing” and extraction. Bridge Building results in true evangelism, which means sharing the Injil (the Muslim name for the message of Jesus) as “good news” rather than a culturally-conditioned and historically-distorted communication. Learn ways to “speak the truth in love” rather than believing and sharing online postings that are polemical, confrontational and divisive ways of Christianizing. Muslims who follow Jesus are different than Christian proselytes—converts who reject their Muslim heritage and take on a Christian identity. We propose a Kingdom-of-God approach to encourage Muslims—not to change their religious identity, but to become better Muslims by following the Messiah more fully. Learn about such Kingdom-of-God movements throughout the Muslim world, the first fruits of what God is doing today. The enemy is not Islam, it is radicalism. We want to respond to radical Islam with radical Love; we must learn “to be as shrewd as serpents, but as harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).

Workshop Handouts: Evangelizing or Extracting Muslims handout (pdf)