• Shadow Christians


Are you a shadow Christian?

Shadow Christians are people who work in the margins, in the shadows created by the spotlight shining on others. We often think they—we—are insignificant. But here’s the good news: God chooses and uses shadow Christians.

There are some names in the Bible that everyone knows: Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, Mary, Peter, Paul. But the Bible is also full of stories with unnamed characters. People who made a difference not in the spotlight, but in the shadows.

If you’re a shadow Christian, you matter to God, and he wants to use you to make a difference.


  • Shadow Christians sample chapter

  • Shadow Christians group discussion guide

  • Dr. Jeff Iorg on the Lead On Podcast, Part 1

  • Dr. Jeff Iorg on the Lead On Podcast, Part 2

  • Dr. Jeff Iorg on the Lead On Podcast, Part 3


the author

Jeff Iorg is president of Gateway Seminary, a learning network with five campuses and a robust distance learning program. He speaks frequently on leadership and pastoral ministry issues in conferences and classroom settings. Iorg maintains a leadership website at, is featured on the Lead On! podcast, and has written or edited several other books. He and his wife, Ann, live in Ontario, California.

author q&a

Why did you write this book? What inspired you to write it?

The book emerged from my convictions about the importance of everyday believers to the success of any church or ministry organization. It is based on extensive Bible study of the anonymous, unnamed characters in the New Testament who were consequential to the story of the advance of the gospel.

For whom did you write this book?

This book is written to encourage and inspire everyday believers who serve in the shadows, not the spotlight.

Can you define what a “shadow Christian” really is?

A shadow Christian is an everyday believer who lives and serves in relative anonymity yet makes a significant contribution to his or her church or community.

Who are some examples of shadow Christians in Scripture?

There are dozens – the Woman at the Well, the Leper, the men who started the church at Antioch, the man who loaned Jesus a colt to ride into Jerusalem, the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, etc.

How does God use shadow Christians to accomplish his work? Can you give us some examples of how you’ve seen this in people’s lives?

The book is filled with dozens of these stories!  Rusty and Sheila were the key instigators (and have been faithful members for 30 years) of the church we started in Oregon. Their sacrificial service makes them the real heroes of the story. As the church planter, I was in the spotlight. But the dozens of people like Rusty and Sheila who came along in the early years and built the church deserve all the credit.

Why are shadow Christians important to the body of Christ?

Multiple reasons listed in the book! They are the ministry workforce that gets the job done.  While we need a few spotlight leaders, they are only successful if large numbers of shadow Christians implement, support, and pay for the fulfillment of their vision.

What do you hope readers will take away from the book and do after reading it?

I hope they will be encouraged and inspired to keep making an impact even though no one may know their name. The only name that deserves any fame is Jesus. I hope the book helps all of us live like that and remember that.

press inquiries

For press inquiries regarding Shadow Christians,
please contact
Download press kit