One reader has used the video curriculum for Just Walk Across the Room Video Curriculum in their church for evangelism training. Below she shares with us her comments in response to a question being asked about using
- Becoming a Contagious Christian
- Just Walk Across the Room Video Curriculum
- Evangelism Explosion
- And the Alpha Course
Here are her comments, reprinted with her permission:
The nature of the classes is not hard witnessing out in the streets….it is designed for everyone in the church to understand the heart of God for ALL people and then to encourage them to see people in their everyday lives through the eyes of God and witness in a personal way over a period of time.
This means developing friendships first.
It sounds like the training you are thinking about stems from a class like Becoming a Contagious Christian which offers more practical and detailed training in how to share your faith.
Have you watched the Just Walk Across the Room Video Curriculum videos yet? I would highly encourage you to do this before you determine the environment for which you will provide it.
I think you will find it very different from what you might think of as “evangelizing.”
We do not take people out into the community to show them how to witness. This is certainly a valid form of Evangelizing, but Just Walk Across the Room Video Curriculum goes back to the heart. . . . . .
developing the heart for the lost so the passion and
desire to share is fueled in a way that takes into consideration the person to which you are sharing your faith
…..this is a VERY important aspect.
My recommendation would be for your leadership team (you, the pastor, etc,,) to lead the study first then have those who have gone through the course lead other groups.
The prayer would be that over the course of time EVERYONE in your congregation will look at Evangelizing in a new way and from the heart of God.
We are offering Just Walk Across the Room Video Curriculum in May and then Becoming a Contagious Christian right after that. We have found that this is a good progression since developing the heart must come before the work.
Most importantly Pray….pray for God to give you wisdom and His love for the people he created to be in relationship with Christ.
Praise God that he has put it on your hearts to provide this class….may you be richly blessed and your hearts filled with joy as you faithfully share the Good News!!!!
Let me ask you this?
Have you used Just Walk Across the Room Video Curriculum or Becoming a Contagious Christian?
If so, share with us how you used it and any practical tips to it’s implementation in the comments below.
I have used the “Just Walk Across the Room” DVD series in a few church settings and have also passed it around to a few other ministers.
Although it is one of the best tools out there and it is a very powerful way to change people’s paradigms about evangelism, I still find with out mentoring, modeling, and equipping people after the DVD series is over, there will be little long term effect.
Almost everyone was positively affected by the DVD, but three months later, there was little sustained change in their behaviors in most of the congregations who participated.
I also believe that unless the leadership of a congregation is also willing to get involved and creatively increase options beyond inviting new contacts to church, not much will come out of the effort.
Having said that, there were some individuals who really did make significant strides in reaching out by “just walking across the room”.