Example of church outreaches:
A church in Iowa has a growing impact by serving its neighbors. The Harvest Vineyard has a
- Spirit of Recovery on Mondays,
- Fighting Eating Disorders Spiritually every second and fourth Wednesday,
- Moms Off Meth support group on Fridays and
- Come Broken Hearted on Saturdays.
The church is located where over 60 percent of its attendees can walk to it.
David Foster writes a post on Noticing People (Link Broken).
Noting the countless people who cross his path each day, he wonders:
“What do you see when you really see the people around you?” Just last week in the food court of the busy mall, I noticed a wife standing with her husband.
She was crying quietly over some news she had just received. Her husband was busy consoling her and being present with her.
Part of the art of listening evangelism is to notice the people around you.
Who is God underlining for you?
To whom might the Spirit of God prompt you, (as He did to Phillip for the Eunuch) to “Go stand next to them” and perhaps minister some aspect of God’s grace?
Johnathan Mason writes up “The Ethics of Evangelism” (original link broken). It’s a good post to remind us about making sure we treat our conversation partners with respect. Among them is this one:
(6) We respect the individual integrity, intellectual honesty, and academic freedom of others, both believers and skeptics, and so we proclaim Christ without hidden agendas. We reveal our own identity, purpose, theological positions, and sources of information. We will use no false advertising and seek no material gain from presenting the gospel.
Later, as a senior in high school, I learned the F.I.R.E. (Family, Interests, Religion, Evangelize) method of evangelization. I learned Sharing Jesus Without Fear–which is basically the Romans Road on crack–and later went on a summer project with Campus Crusade for Christ, where we memorized and used the 4 Spiritual Laws (which is now called “Would You Like to Know God Personally?”).
Speaking of scripts . . . .
The Bridge Illustration
David Fitch opens a great discussion about the shortcomings and strengths of the script for the Bridge. The comments are just as valuable as the post. He asks in his comments: “How do you all feel about the Bridge Illustration? Do you see any of the above weaknesses in it? Do you have a tool for initiating new converts into the basics of Life in Christ and His Mission?”