2 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Acts 1:8“You shall be my witnesses…in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, even to the ends of the earth.”
3 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK I Timothy 2: 3-4“ This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
4 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK This presentation is not intended to be a step by step “how to” instruction on how to conduct evangelism in your church.The purpose of this presentation is give your committee some ideas on how to start and sustain an active Evangelism Committee in your congregation.No one has all the answers, however we pray that this presentation might be used by the Holy Spirit to encourage the pastor and laypeople to be active in the area of evangelism.
5 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK CONTENTSPurpose of a CommitteeLevel One EvangelismLevel Two EvangelismLevel Three EvangelismIdeas from the Field
6 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK PURPOSE OF AN EVANGELISM COMMITTEEThe committee or board bearing the name, “Evangelism,” has the task of keeping the leadership and members of the congregation outreach minded. This group doesnot have the sole dutyfor “doing” the entireevangelistic work of the congregation.
7 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK The word most commonly associated with this activity is, “Evangelism.” Evangelism means “to tell the Good News of God’s love for all people through the person and work of Jesus.
8 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK A Simple MotivationThe Great Commission, Matthew 28: “Make disciples of all nations” by “going, baptizing and teaching.”Acts 1:7-8 Jesus simply states, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the to the ends of the earth.”
10 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK THREE SUGGESTED LEVELS FOR AN EVANGELISM COMMITTEEPUBLICITY AND PUBLIC RELATIONSLIFESTYLE/FRIENDSHIP WITNESSINGEVANGELISM TRAINING
11 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK LEVEL ONE: PUBLICITY AND PUBLIC RELATIONSThis level includes anything and everything that holds the name, purpose and activities of your church before the community.This level is unthreatening to most people and therefore allows you to involve many people who might otherwise shy away from anything bearing the name, “Evangelism.”
12 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Word of MouthAlways the best form of publicityIntentionally done by frequently reminding members to tell friends, relatives, co-workers and acquaintances about your church and things that are happening there, especially regarding upcoming events (VBS, Friendship Sunday, Mission Festival, Sunday school, Adult Education opportunities, etc.)
13 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Word of MouthStress the importance of a positive attitude among the membership toward the church worship, pastor, educational programs, fellowship, etc.Your ideas…
14 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Using Weekly Bulletin AnnouncementsIt’s a great idea to have outreach reminders and tips printed weekly in the church bulletin.
15 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK On Site AdvertisingSpecial signs for eventsChurch signAppearance of property
16 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK On Site AppearanceFirst impressions of the interior of the church when entering are very importantGreeters and general reception by members are a plusYour ideas…
17 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Media AdvertisingWeb based pages (homepage, Facebook, etc…)These days, the internet has become the dominant means for locating services of any kind. It is highly advisable to have at least a simple home page for your church. This will allow people to easily locate and contact the church.
18 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Media AdvertisingRadioTV adsWeekly newspaper announcementSpecial event adsNews releaseYellow pagesYour ideas…
19 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Other advertisingDirect mail programsService activitiesYour ideas…
20 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Level One Goal Setting…Sample Level One Goal: Activities of the congregation will be regularly publicized to the church and community.Your Ideas…
21 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Achievable Objectives…Sample Level One Objective: By Wednesday of each week the publicity committee will update the web page with the time of services, theme of the sermon and any upcoming special activities.Your Ideas…
22 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK LEVEL TWO:LIFESTYLE/FRIENDSHIP OUTREACH
23 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK 75-90 percent of people trace their connection to a particular congregation through a friend, relative, neighbor, co-worker, etc.
24 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK The leadership and congregational members:Need to be aware of how many in their community are un-churched.Need to be taught the different ways they can be involved in spreading the Good News.Need to be reminded regularly of God’s great love in sending His only Son so that all may spend eternity with Him.
25 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Level Two Goal:Members will gain skills and be motivated to share their faith in Christ
26 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Level Two Objective: (Sample)By _(date)__ the Evangelism Committee will request that the Central Illinois District present a witness workshop at our church.
27 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK LEVEL 3 EVANGELISM TRAININGThis level will involve fewer people as the Christian is prepared to sit down and discuss another person’s life situation in light of the Gospel.
28 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Needed at this level are people who…are strong in their faith and regular in Bible studyenjoy talking to peopleare good listenersare patient, allowing the Holy Spirit to workare willing to receive specific training in making a presentation of the Christian faithwill be specifically recruited for the task
29 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK The Utilization of the Evangelism CommitteeWhen calling on newcomers to the community or acting on referrals from other sourcesFollow-up (phone) call on visitors to worship or other church activity, Sunday school, VBS or Christian Day SchoolContact the un-churched spouse of a member of the congregation
30 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Recruiting Committee MembersPrepare a “job description” before recruiting a committee so they know clearly what is being asked of them.Look for people talented in each of the three levels of evangelism. For example, someone with writing talents or advertising experience could be responsible for the first level.
31 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Job Description could include:a statement of the main purpose of the committeea description of the three levels of evangelisma statement of qualification for the positiona listing of tasks and duties
32 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS:make sharing the Good News of Jesus your top prioritymake Bible study and prayer a regular part of the committee meetingrecruit committee members who have a heart for the lostknow the community in which you live and the needs of the people who reside thereprovide opportunity for committee members to grow in their knowledge of evangelismencourage others in the congregation to become involved
33 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Level Three Goal: (Sample) Visitors will be contacted within 48 hours of attendance at our church
34 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK Level Three Objective: (Sample) By __(Date)__ four people will be identified and trained to make calls on visitors.
35 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK RECAPConsider working in all three levels of the evangelism task:Level One; publicity and Public RelationsLevel Two: Lifestyle/Friendship WitnessingLevel Three: Evangelism Calling
36 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK IDEAS FROM THE FIELD…Now it’s time for you to talk about your ideas for your congregation.
37 AN EVANGELISM HANDBOOK This Power Point presentation has been left open for congregations of the Central Illinois District of the LC-MS to change or edit for local use at their discretion.If you would like to add to or make suggestions for the improvement of this presentation, please contact the CID District Office in Springfield, IL.May God bless your congregation as you seek to serve Him.