All posts filed under: Evangelism

Video: The New Face of Evangelicalism

“The best gifts of the church go dormant when there is no cultural pressure.” This is a paraphrase from a recent ABC News Video titled “The New Face of American Evangelicalism.” There are some good quotes and thoughts about evangelism, faith, and living in a culture that seems to becoming more and more antithetical towards a Christian worldview. Click on the image to watch: If you watch it I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Evangelism, Twitter, and Podcasts-3 Parts of My Week

The Blogference is alive! It has been a busy week over at the RE-Think Blogference. Last week I started hosting weekly posts from Campus Crusade staff members around the world! This week’s topic was “Are we Really Doing Evangelism the First Weeks on Campus?” a discussion addressing the tension between engaging non-Christians with the Gospel and connecting new Christians to a Christian community. RE-Think Podcast has begun! To expand the reach of the blogference and to empower and involve more ministry leaders in the content creation process I started a podcast! Dan Birch, a former student and intern at Chico State, and new staff at Arizona State University, and I discussed the topic of evangelism during the first few weeks on campus. We are now on iTunes! Click here to subscribe to the RE-Think Podcast! Should your ministry team use Twitter? A friend asked me to write something up for why and how his ministry team could use Twitter. I wrote up a short article and posted it here on my site. I would love …

Implementing Ideas, Gospel Illustrations, and Quitting Leaders: 3 Links

Found some great stuff last week via the Twittersphere and wanted to pass them along! Does the Bridge Illustration Still Work? via Justin Wise’s blog BeDeviant The comments a worth checking out. Here’s one: “I believe that the culture has moved beyond its obsession with salvation and moralism, and is rather asking itself far more existential, or perhaps experiential, questions.” 7 Reasons Leaders Quit Your Organization via the Catalystspace Blog My favorite read this past week for sure! Best quote from the post: “You can allow leaders to work for the good of the organization or stifle them, discourage them and spend valuable time and effort consistently replacing them.  If you want to keep leaders…let them lead!” Moving Ideas to Implementation, via the Echo Conference 2010 blog Charles Lee, CEO of Ideation shares his best practices in making a great idea happen. His creativity theory: “Start with one idea. Work on it. Then you get other ideas. Ideas start connecting with each other. Then there’s a divine moment where all the ideas, some seeming random, …

14 Problems With Mass Evangelism

“We aim for as much fruit as possible in as short a time as possible but neglect what happens after the fruit is harvested. If it sits too long it goes bad, and has to be thrown in the garbage. What’s the point? It’s just putting more ministry work on local pastors – without giving any help.”—shared on this tweet. Many Christians seem to be over-responsible for the response of strangers to evangelism. I’ve certainly had MANY instances where I feared that the Gospel would cause the person to leave the conversation, but the thought that always came to mind was ‘if they never hear it clearly, how can they genuinely respond?’ Of course there are countless examples of mass evangelism done poorly but there are just as many examples of it being done well/ Have you noticed this sentiment among those you lead? What sorts of ways have you coached them through the right attitude towards sharing the Gospel with strangers? Read the entire list by clicking here. Photo courtesy of iskanderstruck

Evangelism & Advertising Don’t Make the Cut

“Often when finances get tight in a church the first thing cut is the evangelism and advertising budget.”–Rick Warren, from his ministry toolbox As someone who raises money PRIMARILY for evangelism I had no idea this trend existed. Since many of my regular readers are Campus Crusade staff I sensed this would encourage and depress you at the same time. Evangelism and advertising can be seen as superflous, or non-essential–operationally speaking. When faced with keeping the lights on or doing an outreach pragmatically I’m assuming Warren means most churches choose to keep the lights on. My family has recently entered a focused season of support raising. Here’s some of the things we are working on that relate to this article: Refining our regular communications to our ministry partners to provide more personal content and more specific ministry content. It can be tempting to crank out communications in the haste of getting things done but a couple extra minutes invested in photo editing, title creating, or text descriptions in an email or letter can make a …

Have You Read Changing Evangelism?

once again @destinoeric has done some serious ninja web research and shared a blog/research report that i had never heard of… “Only 38% feel that the skills which they are encouraged to perform are the next best step for students on their campuses.”–here “We are unskilled in using media, but there is little corresponding interest in developing this skill.”–here “Many of our evangelistic strategies are based on the assumption that most people are ready to respond in faith.  However, there is evidence that this is no longer wholly true.”–here What a refreshingly honest summary of the campus ministry landscape! These quotes come from Changing Evangelism, a report researched and reported online. From their site: “In May of 2009 several leaders were commissioned by Campus Crusade’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Directors to conduct a research project about our staff’s satisfaction and effectiveness in evangelism.” If you are on staff with CCC have you ever heard of this blog/report that the Mid-Atlantic Region did? Would love to have a larger context for such a great resource. I’d encourage you …