“Prayer is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.” Chrysostom"

As I was thinking about how this applies to how our own personal evangelism,, I came across an article by Chris Walker, of EvangelismCoach.org:

http://www.evangelismcoach.org/2010/3-different-strategies-for-evangelistic-prayer/

 

He gives us 3 different areas of prayer focus for evangelism, with links deeper into his website. From John 15, he points out that we are giving the remarkable blessing of asking in prayer.

As you look at your own evangelism efforts as a person, what is something measurable can you ask for?

●       That your neighbor will see his or her need for Christ?

●       That your church would add 15 new believers this year?

●       That you would be introducedto a person of peace to launch a new Bible study?

●       That 4 visitors would join the church over the course of the next 8 weeks?

 

What is something specific that you can ask the Lord for with regards to your evangelism efforts?

 

Chris Walker and Jeanne Kraak will share how evangelism has become a normal part of their life at "Evangelism Ignite!”  The conference is in the main sanctuary, Woodbury Presbyterian Church, 1501 Woodbury Rd, Orlando, FL 32828.

 

Date and Time:
Friday 3/27 evening 7pm - 9pm
Saturday 3/28 9am - 3:30pm (Continental breakfast at 8:30am).

Walk-ins welcome, but advance registration guarantees a lunch for you.

 

Click here to register online.

Registrations are already coming in for the workshop we’ve been sending you emails about.

Don’t you wish that just thinking about doing evangelism didn’t raise the hair on the back of your neck?

Can you overcome that paralyzing fear that keeps you from joyfully sharing what God has done for you?

Does evangelism feel like a dreaded chore that you find easy to avoid, but feel guilty for avoiding it?

Is your church not growing because people are too nervous to share their faith in Christ?

Thanks for the great teaching and easy manner in which you relate to people and present your material. People were well equipped and encouraged that maybe even "I" could share Jesus. - Participant

Dream with me for a moment.

What if evangelism:

  • wasn’t awkward?
  • didn’t take a whole lot of guts?
  • was as normal as breathing?

What if sharing your faith didn’t make you feel like a Martian?

Chris Walker of EvangelismCoach.org was asked a similar question. Read how he has learned to deal with fear:

http://www.evangelismcoach.org/2009/paralyzed-by-silence/

“I felt like an evangelistic failure. I had been trained in many different styles, but never seeing any fruit.

You helped me see that evangelism is a process and I’m just a part.

Conversion is God’s work, not mine. I can learn to trust the sovereignty of God.”

— Santos Santander

Chris Walker and Jeanne Kraak will share how evangelism has become a normal part of their life at "Evangelism Ignite!”  The conference is in the main sanctuary, Woodbury Presbyterian Church, 1501 Woodbury Rd, Orlando, FL 32828.

Date and Time: Friday 3/27 evening 7pm - 9pm; Saturday 3/28 9am - 3:30pm (Continental breakfast at 8:30am).

Walk-ins welcome, but advance registration guarantees a lunch for you.

Click here to register online.

PS. Who else do you know that should be at this event? Help us spread the word and forward this email to a friend.

"How do you find forgiveness?"

This was a question my neighbor asked while we visited at the poolside on a spring day.

While our kids were splashing, shouting, screaming, laughing and diving into the water, my friend talked with me about deep issues of the heart.

How did we get to this point?

  • He was my friend
  • We were praying for them
  • Our faith has been visible in our life by words and deeds.
  • Our faith has been visible and open for examination. Sharing faith is not revealing a secret about who we really are.

Sharing Faith is easy in the security of relationship.

It was easy to share my faith that day at the poolside. In the security of an authentic friendship, he felt comfortable asking me a deeply spiritual question.

Because we had been walking together in life for several months, I had earned the credibility to potentially speak into his life.

This day at the poolside, he gave me permission to share my faith, particularly about his question on forgiveness.

I shared my faith in Jesus, how I encountered forgiveness in Jesus, and how I knew that I had been reconciled to God.

It wasn't a scripted monologue, but a two way conversation between friends about my faith and his search for forgiveness.

At the end, his last question was

"How can I have this like you have it?"

That day, after hearing the good news, he asked God to forgive him.

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Chris Walker and colleague Jeanne Kraak will share how evangelism has become a normal part of their life at "Evangelism Ignite!”  The conference is in the main sanctuary, Woodbury Presbyterian Church, 1501 Woodbury Rd, Orlando, FL 32828.

Date and Time: Friday 3/27 evening 7pm - 9pm; Saturday 3/28 9am - 3:30pm (continental breakfast at 8:30am)

Walk-ins welcome, but advance registration guarantees a lunch for you.

Click here Register online.

“I didn’t know evangelism could be that simple.” — S. Massie

“You’ve got keen insight into the hearts of people” — M Bews.

"You've taken the stress out of evangelism" - CT Participant

Overcoming personal fear in evangelism can happen when we discover how the Holy Spirit directs people's faith journey.

You probably know the feelings of fear and nervousness surrounding this “moment”:

  • Will I mess up?
  • What if I get it wrong?
  • Am I forcing my belief on someone else?
  • Will I be perceived as rude and obnoxious?

From surveying the readers of EvangelismCoach, there are two major challenges to personal evangelism:

  1. When is the right time to share my faith?
  2. How and where do I start a conversation?

The focus of this seminar day is conversation skills, particularly on noticing the right time to have a normal conversation about your faith.

When we cooperate with the Holy Spirit at the given moment of the conversation, evangelism becomes much easier.

Read what one participant found out when he accepted the challenge to talk with people about his faith:

http://www.evangelismcoach.org/2008/fear-free-evangelism-case-study/

One small church he coached last year (under 20 members) experienced 3 adult baptisms within 6 months of his personal evangelism training.

Chris Walker and colleague Jeanne Kraak will share how evangelism has become a normal part of their life at "Evangelism Ignite!”  The conference is in the main sanctuary, Woodbury Presbyterian Church, 1501 Woodbury Rd, Orlando, FL 32828.

Date and Time: Friday 3/27 evening 7pm - 9pm; Saturday 3/28 9am - 3:30pm (Continental breakfast at 8:30am).

Walk-ins welcome, but advance registration guarantees a lunch for you.

Click here to register online.

PS. Who else do you know that should be at this event? Help us spread the word. Your confirmation emails will contain sharing tools via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

PPS. Consider forwarding this to your church's evangelism committee or outreach committee.

Testimonies from other events:

  • "This was immensely practical and you made evangelism doable for us."
  • "We like to say, 'you put the cookies on the lowest shelf,' which is to say, you made evangelism accessible to me."
  • "I came to this conference scared about evangelism because of prior experiences, but you showed us how evangelism can be a natural part of our life."
  • “The scriptural foundation is very valuable.”
  • “The lessons built confidence in me as to how the Lord is leading me.”
  • “The whole atmosphere was safe and loving. No pressure. Everything is explained and low-key"

Personal Invitation - Email Mar 2

Did you know that 75%-85% of people who get involved in a church did so at the personal invitation of a friend?
 
Yet Chris Walker talks with pastors every day who say things like:
  • Few church visitor cards were turned in.
  • Few people volunteered to raise their hand to “if there are any first time church visitors here . . “
  • Church members stared at the floor when the pastor gently reminded them of their mission to invite.
  • Church ushers responsible for counting attendance noticed very few new faces and the numbers showed no growth.
  • Small group leaders were not reporting the attendance of new people who had not yet attended any small group.
  • Sunday school teachers reported no visitors to any of their classes.