The seeker sensitive model refers to a modern approach to public worship and evangelism whereby a church service is structured in a way that is sensitive to seekers (i.e. those interested or curious about church). In other words, church services are designed to appeal to the unchurched, non-Christian, in an attempt to draw them into the church community where they might receive the gospel and be converted. This approach (or model) has become popular in an increasing number of American churches, perhaps most notably the Willow Creek Community Church and the Saddleback Valley Community Church. Seeker sensitive proponents include Bill Hybels and Rick Warren.
This philosophy is directly related to the so-called " Church growth movement" and secular ideas on "how to market the church to the world around us."
- Sense & Sensitivity: Why It’s Time to Abandon the Seeker-Sensitive Model, by Skye Jethani
- Church Growth Gone Mad by Clay Miller (2003 Shepherd's Conference)
- The Sensitivity of True Worship by Bill Izard
- Should Worship Be “Seeker-Sensitive”? (PDF), by Dave Detwiler