A brief guide to evangelism, more-or-less reblogged.
1. You can’t share what you haven’t got.
Church needs to focus on prayer and spiritual growth before even contemplating evangelism. An obvious point that most of us overlook most of the time..
2. Church health is more important than church growth.
But healthy things grow naturally.
3. Becoming a Christian is like a journey.
Research shows that most take 4 or 5 years before making a commitment of faith. So the church needs to be in for the’long haul’ with people.
Which raises 2 questions every church should ask itself:
‘How can we serve the people with whom we have contact in such a way that the gospel is intriguing, challenging and appealling?’
‘Does our church have a maternity ward?’
4. Belonging comes before believing.
The sudden conviction of faith that comes ‘out of nowhere’ is a rarity. Most often, the faith of a community is ‘caught’ by those who are embraced by it.
5. The best evangelism is the witness of ordinary Christian people in their everyday lives.