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"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
Paperback, 151 pages
Published by Deseret Book (first published January 1st 2013)
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I NEVER like Deseret Book books! EVER. Only read this book out of duty as I'm a new Ward Missionary and our ward Mission Leader asked me to read it. I began it with a chip on my shoulder CERTAIN I wouldn't like it. I now want EVERYONE to read this book. It will change your life... and more importantly... will change the life of others who are awaiting the gospel message. FULL of revolutionary thoughts/methods/tips on how to do missionary work with everyone around you. I highlighted something fro ...more
I was initially a fan of Harvard Business professor Clayton Christensen's work on innovation as well as his HBR article of the year, "How Will You Measure Your Life" (now a book by the same title). However, when I heard Clayton speak on missionary work at a conference a year or so ago, I was even more impressed by his humility and willingness to be a true disciple of Christ. I especially loved his stories and counsel on missionary work--something he is obviously passionate about (me too)!

Now we
Nat Harward
Before reading this book, I had never asked anyone to meet with full-time missionaries to be taught the gospel.

After reading it, I have asked 3. One said yes.

I used to think I shouldn't say anything until someone has expressed interest first. And I used to think talking about the gospel was a really big deal. I am now free to talk about it like it's a normal part of my life -- because it is! And I get that invitations are just invitations and not matters of success and failure or life working an
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 will open up natural conversations.
3. Share the is rea
Lisa Nelson
4 1/2 Stars

This is typically not my favorite topic at church, okay,sometimes I cringe when I hear another talk about missionary work, but I kept hearing about this book and the author so I decided to pick this up. More than anything I was completely inspired by the author as a person. His kindness and love inspired and touched me to the core. He made me think of how I can be a better Christian all around, and reminded me of some of the best parts of my religion like coming together as a communit
Kelsey Kacher
Every member should read this book. It is life-changing for members of the LDS church who are looking to be better missionaries but are stuck, bored, or scared. The principles in this book are practical and real. My family and my husband's family read this for our book clubs and it has been inspiring for all of us. My convert dad invited my non-member aunt by using some of the recommendations and she is taking the lessons for the first time in her life at age 70. Huge fan!
A real game changer for me. Clayton Christensen approached his subject in ways I've never seen before and inspired me to make some changes in my own life. It's not often a book does that for me.
My favorite vignette was when Virginia Perry, wife of apostle L.Tom Perry (years before he was called to that office), came to church in jeans & a t-shirt to help make a new visitor feel comfortable. I guess that's because earlier this year I felt prompted to wear dress pants to a Stake fireside to make a non-member friend feel welcome & I shrank from the prompting out of fear of being misunderstood & judged by fellow members. I didn't want to be associated with the "wear pants to ch ...more
Missionary work is sometimes not a popular topic, but this book completely changed my attitude. Br. Christensen takes apart the common practice of choose a friend and set a date, of which I've always been suspicious, and suggests that missionary work is less about 'meeting with the missionaries' than it is about inviting others to come unto Christ. Here are the points from his book that have changed my life:

1. People are not interested in doctrine when they first come to the church. People are i
Would it give you an idea of how much I was affected by this book if I said that I wish I could buy it for all the LDS people that I know? I will at least be purchasing it to give to members of my family and I hope that they will read it and be impacted by it as much as I have been.

This is a fairly new book and one that I hadn’t heard of until a few weeks ago. It was recommended by our ward mission leader and the bishop asked us to read it as a ward council so we could discuss it and improve our

When you pick up Clayton Christensen's The Power of Everyday Missionaries: The What and How of Sharing the Gospel you'll notice a couple of interesting things right away. The cover is plain: just the title and author. Oh, and one more thing: "New York Times Bestselling Author." Then on the back of the title page, in addition to the usual disclaimers and copyright notices, there is this: "Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the general missionary fund of The Church of Jesus Chr
Amazing! This book made me think about missionary work in a whole new way. Christensen takes what may seem daunting and scary and shows how to fit sharing the gospel into every day life, with techniques that are time-tested and make perfect sense. I think every member of the LDS Church should read this book.
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
As far as being insanely informative and overall inspiring this would get like 4.5 stars from me! The ideas and stories were excellent. However I think I wanted to be more enthralled and entertained at the time that I was reading this so I found myself taking a long time to read it! It wasn't exactly a page turner. It has a great message though! So I'm torn! 3.5 stars to you book!
Katie Watkins
I thought there were some good tips and ideas on how to be a missionary in our everyday lives. I really enjoyed the personal stories because they helped me see how to apply these tips and just how easy it can be.

One thing that really stood out for me was setting a date. If we don't have a date in mind--a deadline--then it's easy to say we'll get to it next week and to keep pushing it off. It's very important in our goals to have that end in mind.

Another thing that was good to know was that altho
I really enjoyed this book. It shows that missionary work is very possible and really explains a lot of "how's". I honestly don't find it intimidating to share my testimony about what I believe and I love to share it because it is so meaningful to me. I often don't know how to go about it without it being awkward to those that don't share the same faith as me. One suggestion I liked was that about 1/5 will be interested and so find 4 people that you think might say "no" to hearing what you have ...more
Insightful and helpful with just the right tone. This is a must read for anyone trying to be a better missionary or struggling with any stumbling blocks with missionary work. Christensen provides a solid rationale for being a missionary and illustrates his points with real stories.

Some favorite quotes:

"Christine and I learned early in our efforts to be good member missionaries that we simply can't predict who will or won't be interested in the gospel. In addition, we have learned that building a
The Power of Everyday Missionaries is absolutely the best resource on the topic I have ever encountered. Ever. It’s written for an LDS audience, but anyone with a desire to spread the Good Word of God will find Clayton Christensen’s thoughts on sharing the Gospel enlightening and inspiring!

When Thomas S. Monson recently said “Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together, to work together, to labor in the Lord’s vineyard to bring souls unto Him,” I’ve got to be honest . . . I got
I wasn't expecting what this book has to offer. I only read it after selling so many copies to other people, and having to prepare to teach a lesson on missionary work. Let me preface my thoughts about the book with this admission - I am not, nor have I ever been an especially good missionary. Even though I have had countless lessons on missionary work, I never felt like I learned anything I was comfortable using. Now I know we are supposed to go outside of our comfort zones when talking to peop ...more
This book has changed my thinking about how we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints go about sharing the gospel, taking upon us the montage of being a member missionary. And in that change of thinking I have hope that it will change my life.

There exists the paradigm of member missionary work being hard work and at times impossible, but this book puts it in such a straightforward way as to make one recline with their arms behind their head and say, "I can do this," and w
This book is appropriately named, since it brings a certain feeling of "I can do that!" power when you read it. Divided into two halves, the first half is all about finding people who want to learn about the church, and the second half is the how of sharing. While I expected the first part to be more interesting and timely for me, I actually thought the whole book was great. Christensen gave useful tips into how and what works, and why some things don't work. I found that many of the things he s ...more
A really inspiring and helpful book about helping people learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. How simple is it to ask people what questions they have about religion and then tell them what Mormons believe, if they want to know? And yet we tend to try to tell people what we think they need to know--and that may not be helpful. The author also does a great job of talking about things that LDS "lifers" may take for granted, like how to pray and how to keep the Sabbath d ...more
You know how we have talks almost every month in Sacrament meeting about being member missionaries? We slink down in our seats and think..."I don't know anyone I could share the gospel with. Everyone in Utah are members or don't really want to be members or they would be with us." This book describes how we sometimes try to share the gospel. It doesn't work so we get discouraged and think we can't be member missionaries,so we quit trying. Clayton M. Christensen tells ways he's shared the gospel ...more
My favorite book on missionary work by far.

I read a library copy. I will definitely be purchasing this book for my home library. It is one worth referring back to over and over again.

I have to say this book has changed my life and my attitude. I love the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, yet have not always been confident and articulate when trying to explain that to those around me. I have not always loved the thought of sharing my beliefs but I felt inspired and confident to be able to do this after reading this book. I am now shockingly excited for opportunities to talk about my beliefs and invite others to come unto Christ. If missionary work fil ...more
Clay Christensen is brilliant. I wish my mind processed data like his does. The Power of Everyday Missionaries is a thorough analysis of how we can be better missionaries and emissaries of The Lord, all based on Clay's personal experiences and of those close to him. The stories are inspiring and may encourage you to consider your role as a missionary a bit differently.

I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be true, and it has brought great joy and general utility to my life. If I focus on ways to
Christensen demolishes every excuse I have ever used to justify not being a better missionary. He encourages me to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Lord's way rather than man's (wordly) way. And if I don't set deadlines I will not succeed. And if I don't meet those dealines, the Lord will not trust me enough to send me people willing to accept the invitation to learn more about the Gospel. He bluntly challenges the reader to accept the Lord's promised blessings for sharing the Gospel.

I've wanted to read this for a while but kept putting it off. Today I had some time so I sat down and determined to plow through. Now a caveat to that is that more often than not, when I read a book that presents ideas that require some pondering I'll end up reading a few pages and then as I get caught up in the ideas I'll be there thinking and the next moment I'm asleep. I've got a few of that type of book on my shelf that for just that reason I've not been able to finish. So I fully expected t ...more
Great book that is very short and sweet. Clayton Christensen provides a wide range of stories and ideas that can help us as everyday Missionaries to share the Gospel with those around us.

He split the book up into three parts:
Part 1: Finding People for the Missionaries to Teach
Part 2: Teaching Toward Conversion
Part 3: Building the Kingdom of God

The ideas presented in Part 1 were very useful, particularly the chapter on sharing the Gospel at work. That is something I have always struggled with
READ THIS BOOK!! An absolutely encouraging and inspiring perspective on missionary work to empower the many of us who secretly feel we might not be cut out to be member missionaries.

The work is hastening and each of us can be a part of it if we leave behind misconceptions and find simple ways to open our mouths effectively and with the power the Lord promises His servants. The Power of Everyday Missionaries has helped me WANT to be a missionary and begin to act!

Inspiring and full of practical ideas about how each of us can be successful missionaries. These ideas encourage us to make it part of our every days lives. It doesn't have to be difficult. Truly a motivational read!
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Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. He is best known for his study of innovation in commercial enterprises. His first book, The Innovator's Dilemma, articulated his theory of disruptive technology.

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“Many blessings and friendships have come into our lives from our trying to share the gospel. But this blessing has been one of the best: Having the missionaries regularly help us as a family teach the gospel to new and old friends through the power of the Holy Ghost has profoundly affected the faith of our five children and brought the Spirit of God into our home.” 1 likes
“if our ward and stake leaders were to focus on leading their members to share the gospel, many of the other problems that fester in our hearts and homes, and in our wards and stakes, would resolve themselves through the blessings that come from accepting the call that God has given each of us to be missionaries.” 1 likes
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