There are many evangelism training resources, seminars and events. Most Christians have attended some kind of equipping process but it seems like nothing changes. We check off the fact that we have been to the seminar but it doesn’t result in an increase the evangelism in the church.
There are several reasons for this and several solutions but one of the most effective things to do is simply schedule time to talk about evangelistic efforts EVERY week. If you don’t talk about it, it won’t happen.
My dad started churches in Nigeria. Part of their Sunday morning worship service was to call out the names of every member who would then stand and respond with a number. The response indicated how many people they had witnessed to during the past week. That kind of accountability is too much for the average church in America but it is feasible to make it a point of conversation in small groups that meet every week. Schedule 15 minutes for people to talk about evangelistic encounters of the past 7 days…. in every small group setting. Then give opportunity to hear what people are planning to do during the coming week… then pray for these efforts.
Just talking about evangelism regularly keeps the topic on the front burner. The purpose is not to guilt people into evangelism but hearing what others are doing will motivate and model. It will help others to get involved in evangelism and want to participate in the conversation. The key is that evangelism needs to be talked about every week in a scheduled meeting.
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