NEW BOOK: International Students and the Local Church

International Students and the Local Church: A Handbook

This new handbook from Friends International brings together in one compact volume an easy to read guide for churches wishing to engage with international students.

Drawn from decades of experience, this new resource is written with church leaders and student ministry leaders in mind. It contains both Biblical principles and practical guidelines covering the key topics most will want to know about. Prayer, contextual evangelism, the purpose of social events, student welfare, hospitality, working with universities, church services, baptism and even serving food are all issues covered, together with many more.

For those who are already experienced in running international student ministry in their church, there is much food for thought and pointers for going deeper; for those just starting out there are plenty of ideas and examples, with real student stories and discussion questions to enable deeper reflection.

“This is a handy, easy-to-read resource that also inspires involvement in this strategic ministry. It captures both the principles and practical ideas and hints to help individuals and churches support and befriend international students.”

Elaine Duncan, Chief Executive, Scottish Bible Society

“This should take the fear out of your church’s adventure into befriending international students! It contains clear biblical principles, practical guidelines and helpful hints – answering most of the questions your church leaders are likely to have ever asked about international student ministry and many they have never thought about.”

Cassells Morrell, IFES Europe Associate Regional Secretary 2001–2018–2018

This handbook ought to be read by the leaders of churches engaging in international student ministry, and will be an invaluable training resource for teams working amongst international students. It is packed with encouraging stories and testimonies that will inspire and encourage, together with useful suggestions for further reading.”

John Stevens, National Director, Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches

“A comprehensive guide for churches wishing to engage in International student ministry, wonderfully practical, and the fruit of rich reflection on extensive personal experience. A book which will give confidence to those starting out on the journey and enable experienced practitioners to raise their game.”

Ian Parkinson, CPAS Leadership Specialist

“Catherine presents a clear biblical vision for reaching the world on our doorstep, a solid framework to build on and plenty of suggestions and stories to inspire us to action.”

Natasha Rayan, World Mission Minister, All Souls Langham Place

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