As a response to the series Coaching Congregational Evangelism, I’ve been coaching a few very busy pastors through a 30 day process to better personal evangelism for busy pastors.
I find over and over again in my practice that coaching “removes the fog from the mirror.”
Fog = Evangelism Obstacles
Personal evangelism intimidates way too many pastors and church members.
Consider these stats from cited in Got Style?: Personality-Based Evangelism, Jeffrey Johnson
An informal poll found that when asked “Why don’t Christians share Christ?”
- 33.5% are afraid of being rejected, embarrassed.
- 21.7% are afraid of not having answers
- 19.2% rarely think about the need to share their faith.
- 17.3% don’t know what to say.
- 8.3% haven’t found a way that is comfortable for them.
Based on pastors I’ve talked with in recent weeks, nearly all these answers would be true of them as well.
Each of these valid reasons are like “fog on the mirror.”
Evangelism seems impossible.
Put them all together, and you’ve got a huge amount of emotional inertia to overcome.
There are so many layers – it’s easier to avoid evangelism rather than think about it.
As such, there is no starting point for action. The intimidation factor simply leaves us a gnawing feeling that one ought to be doing something, but there is no place to start.
It’s so undefinably nebulous that you can’t see anything you can actually do.
That’s fog on the mirror.
Evangelism Coaching wipes some fog away.
Personal Evangelism Coaching is an intentional conversation over 4 phone calls to wipe the fog from the mirror.
You spend intentional time looking for clarity and developing a plan.
One of the benefits these busy pastors receive from coaching is new clarity.
You’ve helped me focus on personal evangelism as a pastor. My conversations are now more “peppered with spiritual talk” than they used to be.
This time has helped me to focus on developing a plan for training the incoming batch of elders for their work along with me on personal evangelism. It has helped me keep evangelism on the front burner to overcome the lack of intentionality in our elder traning. I’ve learned quite a bit as well from the books you’ve recommended. – M. Gibbs, Oregon
You want to know what clarity sounds like during a conversation?
- “A-ha – I didn’t see that before.”
- “That makes a lot of sense.”
- “I need to do that.”
- “I can do that.”
- “I will do that.”
At the end of each conversation, more fog is wiped off the mirror.
I’m having fun doing this.
It’s my desire to encourage pastors and then equip them for providing leadership in the area of evangelism in their congregation. I hear that in pastor’s voices as I’ve been talking with them the last few weeks.
Personal Evangelism Coaching:
If you would like personalized help in personal evangelism over the next 60 days, I provide a telecoaching service of four phone calls over a 60 day period. It’s four phone calls over 8-12 weeks.
Read more about personal evangelism coaching and the fees here: Personal Coaching for Personal Evangelism