Why Schedule Evangelism Training?
What are our goals, methods and desired results?
Six goals for evangelism training:
1. Give attendees the ability to confidently start a conversation with a stranger.
2. Help attendees share the gospel with more frequency and consistency.
3. Give attendees a firm grasp of the message of salvation and the ability to articulate it clearly.
4. Provide attendees the skills to direct a conversation towards a successful conclusion.
5. Arm attendees with the best responses to common objections to the Christian faith.
6. Help attendees achieve flexibility and skill in dealing with different people and scenarios while avoiding common pitfalls.
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How this training achieves those goals:
1. By encouraging and helpful coaching.
2. Fun, interactive and instructive seminars.
3. Clear and simple presentations. Material is
not overly complicated for lay people.
4. Ample time for Q&A.
5. Tired and tested methods that give attendees the best opportunity for success. Most of the information is a combination of reading hundreds of books on the subject, but also years of personal experience.
6. In many cases, (if so desired) training can be followed up by scheduled events that provide opportunities to practice evangelism as scheduling permits.
The desired results:
1. Active involvement. When believers read the Bible and see Jesus, his disciples, and those who come after them, sharing their faith, they naturally want to do the same. Additionally, they note the many instances where Jesus gives the Great Commission and promises empowerment to have boldness for the task. It's no surprise believers want to actively participate. But many times believers face daunting challenges in today's world. Evangelism training helps overcome this frustration and gets believers off the bench and into the game.
2. More workers in the field. It's not often, in the New Testament, where you have Jesus telling us to pray specifically for something. Jesus asks we pray for more workers in the fields. Evangelism training equips believers thus multiplying the work of the ministry.
Pastors are encouraged when they see their flock witnessing throughout the week. The witness of the church is greatly increased. The Great Commission demands everyone's active participation. It's simply too large a task for a few hired professionals. All hands need to be on deck. When the task is delegated to a few, the work is severely hampered.
3. Spiritual growth. Evangelism cannot be separated from discipleship.
Jesus said, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." Jesus not only taught his disciples how to live for God, he also demonstrated how to do it and engaged them in the task early.
When talking to others about Jesus, believers become more assertive and confident. Many times trial and error are the best teacher and those who regularly engage the lost grow exponentially in their Christian walk. Evangelism training gives a believer a better chance of success.
Once a believer becomes more proficient in sharing the gospel, they are much more apt to grow in their own spiritual walk. The reason is: evangelism requires internalizing the message and relative Bible passages. It's memorable in that it engages all the senses. Many people never forget witnessing encounters for years. The same is true for the issues and arguments that present themselves.
Also, no one likes to be ignorant or look foolish about their beliefs. Lost people challenge us to be prepared to give an answer for the hope that lies within us (see 1 Peter 3:15).
4. Confidence. As experience increases so does confidence. Many discover the joys of leading someone to Christ. They see it as a moment when they were obedient, effective and successful. We always acknowledge the Lord deserves the credit, but are still excited nevertheless because we were the conduit leading to another's eternal salvation. Like anything, having a few successes under your belt will spur you on and give confidence and boldness.
Conversely, someone who never sticks their toe into the water will never venture out on a diving board. In fact, they may even have a fear of water. But if a coach comes along and helps someone see their fear of the water is irrational and teaches them how to swim, they overcome their fears and might even one day become a swim instructor themselves. Once a person successfully swims a lap in the deep end, they will never fear the water again; it's been conquered. The same it true for other fears: public speaking, driving, etc. Unless an instructor comes along and helps the student, they remain hesitant or fearful to share the gospel.
5. Unity. In the absence of mission, people have a tendency to focus inward. The cause of evangelism is the work of God. Believer's are called to join God in that work. Seen in this light, a believer sees the cause of the Great Commission as much larger than any individual and spurs them out of their comfort zone and gets them thinking about others.
Jesus traveled from village to village, healing and proclaiming the Good News. His disciples looked on for three years. Jesus then said: "Whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father" (John 14:12). He added, "If anyone serves me, he must follow me" (John 12:26).
6. Identification with Jesus. Evangelism identifies believers with Jesus. Evangelism sees the greatest need is spiritual and believers the one's that have the answer to that need. Believers are called upon to raise up their voices and lift up Jesus as the only cure for the poison that will soon take the lives of everyone around us (see John 3:14).
It becomes difficult to identify with Jesus apart from evangelism since evangelism was such a predominate theme in his life and practice.
7. Builds up the church. Ephesians 4:11-12 states the reasons why evangelists are to equip believers to share the gospel: "to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for the building up the body of Christ..."
One way evangelism builds up the church is numerical growth. When members are sharing the gospel, they are way more apt to bring them to church as their witness had included a prolonged time of relationship building and
But another way evangelism builds up a church is: encouragement. Evangelism stirs excitement within the church. It creates encouragement as more people see the work of the Holy Spirit operating in their midst. They want to be used to lead someone to Jesus.
Most churches are growing by transfer growth. That is to say; one believer moving from one church to another.
Statistics show that unbelievers are being less and less drawn to visit a church because of we have a building or a program. Many churches unwilling to go to the lost are dying and have been shuttered.
Conversion growth is when someone in the church shares the gospel with a co-worker, family member, or acquaintance leading to that person coming to the Lord.
Ephesians 4:11, "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ."