The Six Styles of Evangelism
© RevivalSermon.org 2014
Evangelists typically identify at least six "styles" of evangelism. That is to say, there are various ways to go about approaching someone about Christ. Some of them are more accurately called "pre-evangelism" in that they prepare the listener for the presentation of the message.
1. Lifestyle Evangelism
Oftentimes presented as the most effective, lifestyle evangelism is people oriented and relational. Without a doubt, it is the most common and is preferred by folks who have good conversational skills. It is sometimes called friendship evangelism. See the pros and cons of this approach here.
2. Incarnational Evangelism
Incarnational evangelism usually begins with a need and is preferred by people who are servants. They will oftentimes say, "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." Not so interested in arguments, they seek to touch the heart. Rescue missions, relief organizations and chaplains are just a few examples of this kind of evangelism.
3. Invitational Evangelism
Invitational evangelism is event based and seeks to provide a venue for believers to invite lost people. Church members typically use church programs, such as musical events, to create an interest. Hospitality, organizers and planners prefer this approach.
4. Assertive Evangelism
This approach is the most direct and can be one on one (public venues, campus) or directed to groups (open air preaching). People who are confident and have developed good speaking skills, such as salesmen, prefer this style.
5. Analytical Evangelism
The analytic style uses reason and logic to communicate the gospel. This approach includes philosophical arguments and apologetics, but can also include deductive talking points directed towards the head. Sensor minded people such as teachers, doctors or engineers prefer this approach.
6. Presentation Evangelism
People who have a flare for performing are naturally drawn to presentation style evangelism. Sometimes they develop skills, such as chalk talks or drama to communicate the gospel. Musicians and actors, or sometimes just the class clown use this engaging method to make an impression. Other times, it can be someone who has a dramatic testimony or may have had an interesting life experience.