Nov

15

2012

Collin Hansen|10:00 PM CT

How Your Church Can Grow in Evangelism

If you're a church leader who doesn't excel in personal evangelism, can your congregation still enjoy conversion growth? Or if you have been particularly gifted by God to lead others to Christ, do you know how to teach others to follow your example?

Three pastors who have welcomed many new believers into the kingdom of God talk together in this 10-minute video about how churches can grow in evangelism. They discuss, for example, why new Christians are so zealous in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. Darrin Patrick shares colorful stories about how he preached the gospel to his friends in the middle of wild parties. But he also explains what happened when he made the mistake to assume everyone else is extroverted like him.

Matt Chandler describes the culture of evangelism at The Village Church as "come and see." Christians want to bring their friends to church because they know the pastors will preach with special attention to unbelievers. After asking Darrin and Matt most of the questions, Mark Dever explains his regular evangelism routine. How can you, likewise, ensure regular contact with those who need to repent and believe in Jesus Christ? You may learn some tips from Mark, who regularly walks around his neighborhood and tries to visit the same places (banks, barber shops, restaurants) to build relationships with non-Christians.

When you've finished watching the conversation, browse these titles to learn more about evangelism both for yourself and also for discipling other Christians in how to share the good news.

Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the co-author of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter.

Categories: Q&A, Video
  • Solomon Tingsam Li

    It seems the analogy of giving birth is appropriate here.

    A culture of evangelism isn't something that just pops up out of nowhere. In fact, I'm struggling to find God's will in creating a culture of evangelism.

    Sure celebration is a big part of the church in evangelism. Not just baptism, but understanding Luke 15 and John 2 at the wedding of Cana, we know that Jesus brings celebration to the table through turning water into wine. Something needing to be purified to be an agent of celebration.

    But what about the churches that have to start from nothing? How do we go about initiating that change?

    It used to be we were turning away from the "seeker sensitive" model of church in order to feed our people more of the meat of the gospel. Yet, this topic is something which is immensely important... how can we get our people to evangelize more now that they're getting more knowledge? How do we get people to exercise their spiritual legs instead of sitting in our pews with spiritual constipation?

    How do we as pastors gently lead our sheep and be savvy enough to help initiate them into the culture of Kingdom expansion? What more resources can we utilize if we live in a mission field of the Bay Area where we have a smaller percentage of Christians than we do in Afghanistan?

  • emilio

    Not real hard, 2 Tim. 4.5, the more pastors take this admonition serious the easier it will be for the members to want to join in the task. I do open air preaching weekly at University of North Texas UNT; I have seen it encourage our church heritagegrace.com to join in the effort and from my personal commitment to evangelism other evangelistic ministries from the members themselves have sprung up e.g. a powerful door to door ministry.

    This conversation was a bit abstract for me, need more biblical language involved.

  • http://pastorromig.blogspot.com/ Jonathan Romig

    This was a great video. Evangelism is so important for the life of the church today. As a seminarian who is graduating soon, what get's me excited about ministry is outreach and evangelism. Yes. I like preaching and Sunday School and all that good stuff, but there's something quite powerful about witnessing the gospel to people who haven't heard or don't think they need to hear. Sadly, I don't have a lot of hands on experience doing "ministry evangelism" but this is definitely one of those things I'm excited about.

    Something that wasn't discussed in this video is the importance of church assimilation. A huge part of evangelizing people is just drawing them into your church and getting them to stay. If people are coming, they'll bring other people, and pretty soon we'll have a pretty exciting church life. Just another thought.

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  • http://www.randydavidnewman.com Randy Newman

    At the risk of self-promotion (but, then again, this is the internet), I have posted a paper on my website that might be helpful for churches as they seek to help their people share the gospel.

    You can read it here: http://www.randydavidnewman.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Equipping-Timothys-to-Do-the-Work-of-Evangelists.pdf

    My premise is that most Christians are not evangelists and need new methods of training to help them "do the work of an evangelist."

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