18 Common Evangelism Fears

Many books on personal evangelism tell stories of personal fear of evangelism.

Evangelism is scary for many, for a variety of reasons?

Why does one have to be brave?

Here is a list that I have compiled over the years of teaching workshops and seminars and the most common responses that I get to the question

“Why are you afraid of evangelism?”


Bad experiences

  • Door to Door
  • Drive-by Evangelists
  • Pushy televangelists
  • “My friend was obnoxious with me.”
  • Clumsy Apologetics (being caught without answers)


  • Fear of Rejection
  • Losing a friendship
  • Fear of offending
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Embarrassment over unanswerable questions


  • Fear of what others will think about you.
  • Rudely Interrupting somebody’s life
  • Being seen as arrogant
  • Your own weakness, hypocrisies, and inadequacies
  • Personal Doubt


  • Pastor says so.
  • Jesus says so.
  • To mess up somebody’s eternity destiny is your fault

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  1. Woodrow Meeks says

    I talk slow. I had a brain tumor. I am of average intelligence; I graduated college, but still people hear me talk and assume I am mentally retarded or something. I do have mental problems and I do have problems socializing. Despite these things I try to serve the Lord Jesus and fail every day. Because of my fears I avoid people I fear confronting and pick people I feel are safe to talk to. I am getting nowhere with this. I am a coward and probably lazy also. In addition to all of this I feel like I have no idea how to approach people. The minute they hear me speak they are turned off. I tried giving out keychains to break the ice but that don’t work well either. I am my own stumbling block.

  2. says


    I can’t imagine what difficulties this presents, and even can’t imagine how a text comment on a website can address this in a way that a face to face conversation would entail. I’d be happy to have an email conversation with you to encourage you.



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