I attended a conference nearly 10 years ago by Mark Miller that gave away these secrets to Evangelism Training.
- Challenge the conventional wisdom — Evangelism is a process not an event (see: Evangelism: Process or Event?), so one size doesn’t fit every context.
- Make Evangelism Personal — Who do you know that does not know Jesus Christ? They are people with names, stories, and hopes, and fears. Pray, Engage.
- Focus on Fundamentals — How to Build Relationships, How to Present the Gospel, and How to Invite People to Faith.
- Practice, Practice, and Practice — To build both skills and confidence. (How to Practice a Gospel Presentation)
- Create Multiple Training Opportunities — People will never learn from training they do not attend. A church could offer day long workshops, 4-6 week courses, self study, weekend retreats. One time is not sufficient. Offer multiple training events during the year.
- Pray — Don’t Forget that any evangelism work is preceded by prayer. Encourage workshop participants to pray for people they know. take the time to do it.
- Model it — Make evangelism your own priority and follow your own steps.
I found in my own story that all of these are vitally important. Seeing evangelism as a process rather than an event shifted my thinking towards seeing the sovereignty of God in bringing people to faith.
Practice, Practice, and Practice — After every encounter, I examine the conversation to see what I can learn from, what would I do differently, and how can I pray for that person. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does increase confidence in sharing my faith.
Modeling — I found that when I was preaching weekly, nearly every week I would have a fresh encounter story to share with the congregation about a conversation that I had with a person. I modeled evangelism conversations in my sermons, and one could tell it was such a part of my life. The congregation grew in its own confidence and ability to do personal evangelism.
Tomorrows post will be on prayer and evangelism.
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