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How to do Evangelism in the Local Church

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Presented at a Pastors conference for the Presbyterian Church USA. General evangelism principles that are uniquely applied in the local context. Addresses poor images of evangelism, motivational issues, and how to ignite a church

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How to do Evangelism in the Local Church

  1. 1.    "Wake up, O sleeper" Ephesians 5:14 Rev. Christopher Walker www.EvangelismCoach.org
  2. 2. How to get a church excited <ul><li>Change their image of evangelism </li></ul><ul><li>Change the motiv a tion </li></ul><ul><li>Help build new relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Provide ongoing training </li></ul>
  3. 3. Evangelism has an Image Problem
  4. 4. Substitutes <ul><li>Service Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Hospitality </li></ul>
  5. 5. Turn or Burn Street Preachers
  6. 6. Talk to Strangers
  7. 7. “I’m Not Billy Graham”
  8. 8. Door to Door Sales, Closing the Deal
  9. 9. The E-Word
  10. 10. How to change the image? <ul><li>Provide an easy model. </li></ul><ul><li>Model it yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Story telling </li></ul>
  11. 11. Russ' Story <ul><li>Guilt Driven Evangelism Background </li></ul><ul><li>Hated Evangelism </li></ul><ul><li>Scared to talk with people about his faith </li></ul>
  12. 12. Russ heard a new model <ul><li>Wow, you've blown my mind. </li></ul><ul><li>I can't wait to talk to somebody. </li></ul><ul><li>I can't believe how easy that seems. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Conversations Later <ul><li>It's wild seeing all the opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>When you pray, they come. </li></ul><ul><li>I can't believe how God has been using me. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Model Your Enthusiasm <ul><li>Your Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Your Stories </li></ul><ul><li>Does it ooze </li></ul><ul><ul><li>from your life? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In your sermons? </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Stories <ul><li>From the pulpit </li></ul><ul><li>In the communications </li></ul><ul><li>Small Groups </li></ul>
  16. 16. Motivation Problem
  17. 17. Obligation
  18. 18. Need Members
  19. 19. Support Church Budget
  20. 21. They are Not Like Us
  21. 22. Can we overcome?
  22. 23. Keeping the Fire Lit
  23. 24. Intimate Relationship <ul><li>Disciplines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prayer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bible Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing Your Faith </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. Regular Reflection <ul><li>Recall your conversion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moment in time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Season of awakening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journey </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regularly reflect </li></ul>
  25. 26. Ponder <ul><li>What if? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If it wasn’t for God’s grace and love, I’d be . . . . . . </li></ul></ul>
  26. 27. Talk about your Faith <ul><li>Develop comfort </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion stories </li></ul><ul><li>God moments </li></ul>
  27. 28. Help Build New Relationships
  28. 29. Calling People to . . . . <ul><li>Do you have someone to share with? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do you live, work, and play? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who do you know who doesn’t go to church? </li></ul></ul>
  29. 30. Close Proximity: Relationship <ul><li>Jesus modeled proximity for us. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Out of 132 contacts that Jesus had </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6 were in the temple </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4 were in the synagogue </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>122 were out in the mainstream of life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Work of pre-evangelism. </li></ul>
  30. 31. 1. Family
  31. 32. 1. Family 2. Close friends/ support system <ul><li>Close friends/ support system </li></ul><ul><li>People you choose to love and be with </li></ul><ul><li>Folks you see at least weekly </li></ul><ul><li>Extended family (in some cases) </li></ul>
  32. 33. 1. Family 3. Familiar acquaintances <ul><li>3. Familiar acquaintances </li></ul><ul><li>Co-workers, neighbors, parents of kids’ friends; </li></ul><ul><li>People God has placed in proximity to you through other major life choices you’ve made; work, where to live, kids’ schooling, etc. </li></ul>2. Close friends/ support system
  33. 34. 1. Family 3. Familiar acquaintances 4. Social Contacts <ul><li>4. Social Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>The guy at Home Depot, </li></ul><ul><li>Barista @ Starbucks, </li></ul><ul><li>person who cuts your hair, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>People you have some contact with regularly in the course of everyday life </li></ul>2. Close friends/ support system
  34. 35. 1. Family 3. Familiar acquaintances 4. Social Contacts 5. Groups in your community <ul><li>5. Groups in your community </li></ul><ul><li>Elderly, Prisoners, At Risk Kids, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Where is your burden? </li></ul>2. Close friends/ support system
  35. 36. 1. Family 3. Familiar acquaintances 4. Social Contacts 5. Groups in your community 6. Countries/ People Groups <ul><li>6. Countries/ People Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Who are your contacts outside the USA? </li></ul><ul><li>To Where is your heart drawn? </li></ul><ul><li>John 3:16, Rev. 5:9-12 </li></ul>2. Close friends/ support system
  36. 37. Pop the Christian Bubble <ul><li>Quit going to Bible studies all the time. </li></ul><ul><li>Spend time with people outside of church. </li></ul><ul><li>Cancel church and serve the neighborhood. </li></ul>
  37. 38. Connecting . . . <ul><li>Dinners or other meals together. </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas dessert, Super Bowl Party. </li></ul><ul><li>Play a sport together. </li></ul><ul><li>Join them for their activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Consumerism </li></ul><ul><li>Have a movie night / maybe a discussion. </li></ul>
  38. 39. Ongoing Training <ul><li>Evangelism Training Small Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Launch evangelistic small groups </li></ul>
  39. 40. Training Components <ul><li>Real Bible Study </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Evangelism Books </li></ul><ul><li>Conversational Debriefs </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer </li></ul>
  40. 41. Content <ul><li>Story Development </li></ul><ul><li>Content of the Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>Practice in Small Group </li></ul>
  41. 42. Online Training Tools <ul><li>Evangelism Coach Webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Global Media Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>http://e-quip.net/ </li></ul>
  42. 43. Internet Evangelism <ul><li>http://www.GmoJoinUs.com </li></ul>
  43. 44. Contact information Rev. Christopher Walker www.EvangelismCoach.org 804/335-1445 Skype: WalkmanPTY