I’m often asked for ideas about helping people grow comfortable in talking about their own faith (see this tutorial for key articles).
In the denominational circles I run in, there is a clumsiness, awkwardness, or hesitancy to share about one’s own private faith journey.
This could be for a variety of reasons:
- It’s not a part of their local church culture.
- Faith is a private / personal matter.
- It’s not a common routine or encouraged.
I’ve put a questionaire together that you can use to help your church members talk about their faith.
Faith Sharing in Church Staff Meetings
Do you make time in your church staff meetings to share stories of transformation? Do you mix stories of evangelism and staff meetings?
This is one of the most important tips to modeling personal evangelism by pastors.
Leading Gospel-Centered Church Meetings is a post from Goodmanson about their monthly planning meetings at Kaleo Church in San Diego CA.
In their monthly planning meetings, they begin with stories of God’s current activity in their life by asking
Where is God at work?
I like to use this question and to solicit stories:
What is God doing in your today that makes the gospel good news?
We did a little exercise at our last Presbytery meeting, using that question.
After I told a story of what God was doing in my life, I asked the members of the Presbytery to turn to one another and share. The buzz in the room indicated that a lot of sharing was going on.
After about 10 minutes of chatting, I brought the meeting back to order and asked
“How many of you felt encouraged hearing about God’s work?”
Hands went up.
“How many of you felt a little clumsy talking about your faith?” Several more hands went up.
We provided a safe place for people to try talking about their faith.
Feedback we received from many of the presbyters that day indicated that this little exercise was a highlight of the meeting.
Tell your current story.
Sharing stories of God’s current activity in our life is one portion of evangelism as we define evangelism here, “joyfully proclaiming the good news of the sovereign love of God.”
Check out this video about your current story.
Check out these other tips for Pastors leading Evangelism
- Tim Keller’s 10 Personal Evangelism Tips
- 3 Ways Pastors Can Do Evangelism
- 10 Practical Evangelism Tips for Pastors
- How Pastors Lead Congregational Evangelism Series
- Can Pastors find time for Evangelism?
Let me ask you this?
What is God doing in your life today that makes the gospel good news?