- What can increase your focus on attention on evangelism/missions?
- What evangelism tools can cause you to think outside the box?
- What does your heart desires for reaching your community?
- What might helps you transition from attractional thinking (“come & see”) to thinking more incarnationally (“go and tell”)?
- What preaching and teaching can remind you and the church to get lost in the wonder ofthe grace and mercy of the cross?
- What strategies and ideas moves our focus off of yourselves onto others?
- What might lead to a a “crisis of belief” for many of your members that move to action?
- What programs and studies might push you way out of our comfort zone?
- What series or course might encourage your church to face of the reality of missions?
- How can you rock the boat and make the complacent people very nervous and engage?
- How can you grow the various levels of Christian maturity in your church?
- How can you challenge those who are serious about their faith in your congregation?
- What goals can turn the inward church outward?
- Ultimately, what about your programming and planning glorifies Christ this year?
- What are you doing to help new believers become followers of Christ?
Gary Rohyramyer asks his readers: Do you have an Evangelism Plan for 2008?
His specific action steps in his plan:
- Study and Read. Do you need books? Check out our books on evangelism page.
- Evangelism Journal. Make notes of quotes, books, and experiences.
- Evangelism Plan. Make a plan to be intentional about sharing your faith.
If you need some help developing a plan, consider a mentoring or coaching program. See the Evangelism Mentoring page to explore our services.
I like Gary’s idea of an evangelism Journal. I keep a file on my computer that captures thoughts, quotes, and stuff like that. I need to find some additional form of capture when I don’t have my laptop with me, or when I’m traveling to and from Evangelism seminars.
I ask a similar question at Define Your Evangelism Strategy. There I offer some ideas your church can use, and point you to some evangelism software called Evangelism Planner from the Southern Baptist. I also offer some ideas for Personal Evangelism planning.
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If you haven’t done it already, what is your church’s evangelism strategy for 2008?
Have you set measurable evangelism goals?
I met a pastor last week who was telling me that their church will be focused on Evangelism as one of their top priorities in 2008.
He has invited me to come in my role as a evangelism consultant and help them develop their evangelism strategy.
People often complain about lack of time when the lack of direction is the real problem.
– Zig Ziglar
Most of us know this true.
If we don’t plan ahead, we will miss the opportunities that present themselves. Allow me to throw out some ideas for an evangelism strategy. This list should help you brainstorm what you can do in your local context.
Church Evangelism Strategy
- Send your leaders to an evangelism training seminar.
- Host an Evangelism Training Seminar.
- Find an evangelism program like the Alpha course and implement it.
- Conduct a church hospitality assessment and seek ways to improve the welcoming of visitors.
- Set a goal for the number of professions of faith, conversions, or baptisms (whatever statistic is an important measure of growth for your church or denomination).
- Host a regional Evangelism training event.
- Invite speakers on Evangelism to share a passion.
- Set your outreach events that are intentionally geared towards your target audience.
- Host “Invite a friend” Sundays.
- Develop your holiday sermon series (Easter, Christmas, Mother’s day, etc)?
- Develop an Evangelism Coaching Group in your church to nurture the passionate. (See Evangelism Training in the Local Church)
The International Mission Board has developed some evangelism software that can help a church plan its evangelism strategy. It’s called the Evangelism Planner. I’ve not used it, so I can’t offer a review of it. The software claims to have:
- Proven evangelistic resources
- Interactive planning calendar
- Project management capability
- Strategy recommendations
Personal Evangelism Strategy
- Read at least 3 books on personal evangelism (see our Evangelism Books Page for some ideas).
- Or read one evangelism book each month.
- Participate in a group like the one described in Evangelism Training in the Local Church
- Work with me to receive 1-1 Evangelism Coaching.
- Pray daily for those who do not know Christ.
- Look for the daily opportunities to have a conversation about your faith.
- Think through your witnessing conversations and consider what you might have done differently. (1-1 Evangelism Coaching is helpful with this).
- Journal your evangelism conversations to reflect and learn.
- Learn a default setting — a basic evangelism gospel script.
- Instead of counting conversions, count the number of conversations you have.
- Review your day to see if you missed an opportunity to share your faith.
- Spend time “doing life” with people apart from the church. Quit doing Bible Studies all the time. (See: 10 Ideas to Reach Out To Your Neighborhood)
- Build genuine relationships with your neighbors.
At Evangelism Coach, we want to help you in practical ways to help you overcome your fears, increase your passion, and encourage your attempts at sharing your faith. Here are some products that might help you: