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20 Fears about Personal Evangelism

Fear of EvangelismEvangelism, at least in my circles of influence, seems to be a dreaded word.

At its mention, some people feel queasy, the hairs stand on the back of their neck, people want to secretly leave the room.

On the opening night of our Listening Evangelism Conferences, one participant in Michigan simply said

“Evangelism scares us.”

Why I hate Evangelism

From an expired link included in this earlier EvangelismCoach.org article, I found “Five Reasons Why I Hate Evangelism.”

  1. It violates the golden rule – most Christians would not want to be approached by a member of another religion the way Christians approach others in evangelistic attempts
  2. It calls the authenticity of relationships into question – are you my friend because you’re really my friend, or so you can convert me?
  3. The moment of truth – we think we must identify a “no turning back” point where you pressure someone to make a decision, and if they don’t respond well, that jeopardizes the relationship.
  4. Asking someone about the Gospel feels like making a pass at them.
  5. If I like my friends, and want them to continue to be my friends, I have a major incentive NOT to try to evangelize them.

20 Evangelism Fears

These are mostly based on Emotions!

Our emotional baggage associated with “Evangelism” is probably the biggest baggage.

Try answering this question:

“What do you think about when you hear the word Evangelism?” (Reese, 11)

  • Door to Door
  • Pushy televangelists with funky hairdos asking for money and pushing people down.
  • What does “one beggar telling another where to find bread” mean?
  • My friend was obnoxious year after year always telling me I needed Jesus.
  • It implies other religions are wrong, that Christians are better

Other lists that I have gathered over the years include:

  • Fear of Rejection
  • To mess up and somebody’s eternity destiny is your fault
  • Interrupting somebody’s life
  • Losing a friendship
  • Fear of offending
  • Fear of what others will think about you.
  • Stuck with unanswerable questions
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Being seen as arrogant
  • Fear of being kicked out of your family or breaking a family relationship
  • Fear of your own weakness, hypocrisies, and inadequacies
  • Doubt and not being certain about your own beliefs.
  • Guilt
  • Fear of being a hypocrite.
  • Drive-by Evangelism

Overcome Your Evangelism Fears

Fear Free Evangelism Seminar front coverWhat if evangelism

  • wasn’t awkward?
  • didn’t take a whole lot of guts?
  • was as normal as breathing?

What if sharing your faith didn’t make you feel like a Martian?

How would your church grow if you could conquer these fears and confidently talk about your faith?

Read more about how to get my audio CD set to help you over come your evangelism fears.

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Chris wants to help you increase the number of conversations that lead people towards Christ. He has studied evangelism and church growth ever since working for a Billy Graham crusade over 20 years ago, and has led countless training seminars throughout North and South America in many different denominations.

Comments

  1. I think everyone struggles with fears when it comes to evangelism. I find that it is sometimes easier to share the gospel with strangers because it’s not hard being rejected by someone I don’t know, yet being rejected by a coworker or someone I do know is more intimidating. And even with street evangelism, I find it is easier for me to share with the “tougher” crowd because I’d rather deal with a few rough words than a middle class couple who turns their nose up and rattles off the dreaded words, “You aren’t accepting, you aren’t enlightened, you have too much time on your hands, you must not be educated, etc.”

  2. Well since im an evangelist and I do ministry in India,I would say that my greatest fear is that people may not be receptive to the Gospel.Hey but thats not my job,My job is to preach but its the job of holyspirit to convict people..My fears are gone when I stare at His face..

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