Evangelism training is simply training that
- Prepares Christian believers to assist pre-Christians (aka lost people, seekers, insert label here) on their spiritual journey towards Christ, AND
- Gives them the confidence that they can do this.
I attended an evangelism training seminar several years ago that used this definition. There is both content (#1) and practice or what we call “lab time” (#2).
I’ve been to training events on Evangelism for nearly 15 years and conducted several as well.
I see a need for two streams of training under the umbrella of evangelism training:
- church based.
Personal Evangelism Training
Personal evangelism training is equipping believers to have the confidence to share their faith and assist other individuals in that journey.
One can grow comfortable in talking about their own story, grow in the confidence to explain the gospel, and ask appropriate questions to help others find their way to God through Christ.
Personal Evangelism Training sets is goal in assisting others to explain their faith and growing confidence in inviting others to find faith.
Church Based Evangelism Training
Church based evangelism training is equipping the church to both
- engage its community as a demonstration of the Gospel (outward focus)
- be welcoming and inviting to those who visit (hospitality or inner focus).
A popular series in this blog has been on welcoming visitors to church hospitality series (I’ve seen my traffic stats nearly triple because of this series).
Sometimes marketing techniques are taught here as part of growing the church.