Helpful Tips for Evangelism
As we enter into the summer months (which for the believer in cold regions translates as "outreach season"), we prepare to step out in faith and share Jesus with our community. Many believers struggle when it comes to witnessing, so here are a few tips to help get you back into the groove!
Pray for yourself before and after personal evangelism. Pray for others evangelizing with you. When we pray for other labourers, the path becomes easier for them and for us too.
2. Be yourself
You don't have to be something you are not. You don't have to be a bible scholar to be effective on outreach. Be friendly, be relatable, share your testimony and be willing to listen as much as you talk. When we are ourselves, people can appreciate and receive that.
3. Be prepared to handle rejection
If you are rejected, dust your feet and move on to the next person. Don't take it personally. You may be tempted to fall into needless arguments. Beware of those traps.
4. Be convicted of eternal reality
What is your motivation for evangelism? Are we just doing it because it is the Christian thing to do? Are we doing it to try to please God by our good works? Are we doing it to try to grow a bigger church? Pray and ask God to give you His heart for the lost. When God shares His breaking heart with us, we will share His burden for the lost.
5. Be sensitive and led by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8)
Learn to look to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to take over the conversation. Know with confidence God will lead you and give you the right words to say to the right individuals.
6. Bring conviction and leave people with a decision
The purpose behind evangelism is to share the good news of the gospel with others, but also to open their eyes to the realization of their sin nature, the consequences of their sin, and to leave them with a decision.
7. Be patient and faithful
For many, evangelism can be very discouraging because they don't see immediate results. Though the ultimate goal of all evangelism is to lead people to Christ, it may not happen overnight. We must remember that only God knows when the seeds we plant will bear fruit.
8. Look to connect
Develop relationships with the people you speak to. Jesus was the complete expression of the Father's love to the world; the love of God flowed like a spring of living water from the life of Jesus. In many cases, God's love can be more compelling than scientific evidence of God or a theological argument.
9. Don't be hesitant to pray with someone on the spot
Be sensitive to how the conversation is going. If you see an openness, take full advantage of it and offer them the opportunity to accept Christ right then and there; or even offer to pray for them for openness, healing, direction, etc.
10. Tag team it!
It's always encouraging to go with others. Tag team your outreach. Learn from each other. Share tips and tricks along the way.
11. Get numbers
If someone is open, don't hold back from asking for their number. Text them later that night and let them know you really enjoyed your conversation with them. Follow up on them in the week. Water that seed you planted.
12. Have fun!
Let your outreach experience be one filled and fuelled by expectancy and enjoyment. Nothing quite compares to the joy you get sharing Jesus with others and doing it alongside other believers. You are making footprints in the kingdom of God!
Post by Devin Bynoe
Devin and her husband, alongside their two girls, are currently pastors at Church 180, having previously pastored a church in Etobicoke, Canada for several years.