Both of these are wonderful. Both of them can be effective. There are however, challenges involved with program evangelism.
1. It can condition people to wait for the church to do something. “I’m waiting for the pastor to plan an outreach event.”
2. It can excuse people from doing personal evangelism. “Our church will do it so I don’t need to be concerned about evangelism.”
3. It puts evangelism out of reach for the average person since they cannot pull off an event. “I’m not capable of planning big events so evangelism is not for me.”
The local church has a role to create a culture and context for evangelism. At times they will plan special evangelistic events. Ultimately, however, each believer has a mandate to spread the gospel and should commit to personal evangelism whether or not there is ever an event at church.
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