Outreach practices have changed significantly. Here are some practical tips and suggestions.
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Introduction: In most cases, traditional evangelism methods don’t work well in today’s culture. But, building relationships does work.
- Years ago, evangelism used to be done by the “evangelism committee” or only certain
- But today, many believers are coming back to missional living. They are realizing that they don’t need a special gifting in order to tell people about Jesus.
- The new approach to evangelism is focused on building authentic relationships and getting to know people on a personal level.
- In order to tell people about Jesus, we first have to show them that we care. These are people, not projects!
- We don’t need to push the Gospel onto people. The purpose of the relationship is deeper than just converting that person.
- Look for secular conversations that lead to spiritual conversations.
- What to do when you don’t know the answer to a spiritual question? “I don’t know, but I’ll look into it.”
- Encourage people within the church to share stories about how they are reaching out to their neighbors. Help each other set up and host get-togethers. The church can buy a set of supplies that people from church can borrow.
- Don’t wait until you’re comfortable. Take a step of faith!
- What does your church currently see as evangelism?
- Do you know anybody who is doing this type of neighborhood evangelism already? Could you ask that person to help you lead your church in a similar direction?
- The Externally Focused Church by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson
- The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon