Evangelism in the Australian context is especially difficult given the reticence of Australians to openly talk about spirituality. Churches do underestimate the huge step people need to take in order to go from having no spiritual interest, to doing one of the popular evangelistic courses. We expect that people will come into our environment (many of whom never darken the door of a church), listen to us the ‘experts’, and then make a decision to believe what we believe. (more…)
Often when we think of evangelism we think of strategies, programs, leading people to Jesus courses, massive outdoor events, preaching the gospel. But how often do we think of prayer in that mix? We pray for our family, our church, our work, our health but how often do we focus on and spend extended periods of prayer for those who are not yet Christians? Check out our resource for churches to mobilise their people into evangelistic prayer here.
A substantial percentage of people in our churches feel consciously incompetent when it comes to personal evangelism. This in some way explains the popularity of out-the-box solutions like Alpha and similar programs. Its easier to push play on the DVD and allow some guru to do the work for you, you just get the people there right? Steve Ingram developed a course called ‘Mateship Evangelism’ to help his congregation realise that it can happen simply through natural relationships. (more…)