Five Evangelistic Ideas That Might Actually Work

Today’s guest post comes to us from Martin Saunders for ChristianityToday.com.

While we’re all a bit awkward about it, most of us do want to share our faith with others; both because it’s obedient to Jesus’ Great Commission, and because actually, we do believe Christianity is Good News which will make other people’s lives better.

The challenge is finding straightforward ways of doing it. It’s fairly easy to come up with a list of terrible evangelistic approaches which seldom hit the target, but what we’re really crying out for is a few ideas which feel natural. Here are five things I’ve personally attempted, which didn’t end in an awkward silence or an ugly argument.

  • Writing a letter – We tend to take a hand-written letter really seriously, if only because it’s so unusual. So, if you’re looking for a way to share your faith with a friend, writing them a letter about it becomes quite a powerful tool.
  • ‘Try before you buy’ – Invite someone into exploring the practices of the Christian faith, before committing to believing in Jesus; essentially – as Samuel Taylor Coleridge put it – willingly suspending their disbelief. They don’t have to believe all the doctrines of the Christian faith in order to try praying, meditating or even reading the Bible.

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 80 church growth resources and 15+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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