Good evangelism has five common elements by SCOT MCKNIGHT, Christianity Today, 12/9/20.
Priscilla Pope-Levison’s new book she provides and discusses (chapter-length discussions) eight models, and here they are:
- Personal: one on one
- Small group: 8-12 for a focused study on the gospel
- Visitation: knocking on doors, neighbors, initiating conversations
- Liturgical: church calendar as opportunity to integrate gospeling
- Church growth: new ports of entry
- Prophetic: challenging to pursue gospel in word and deed and public
- Revival: organized crowd with music and evangelism and invitation and follow-up
- Media: using various media
Which is your most preferred model?
I will not on this blog go through each of these because I’m encouraging you to get ahold of this book, read it, and devour it. It could make a fantastic 6-8 week adult Bible class or Sunday School class.
She treats each model with kind hands and careful definitions and fair evaluations. This is no book griping about #1 and #5 and #7 and instead suggesting we should all be part of #4 and knock it all off. No, she knows there’s good in each and God has used each. (Think of our posts now on missional theology: If God is the God of mission then God is at work in all the models.)
But what I thought was also fantastic about Priscilla’s book is how she ties it altogether into five major practices and habits of those who engage well in evangelism.
She uses the term “good” and so I add that the Hebrew is “tov” and this is what tov evangelism and tov evangelists look like. They practice five qualities. They are the “gold standard of an evangelistic endeavor.”
- Practice hospitality
- Form relationships
- Live with integrity
- Bear the Christian message
- Root it all in a local Christian church.