The Small Group Clinic: Evangelism

What's the easiest way to do evangelism?

Some of the people in my group would like us to do some form of evangelism, as a group. I find this intimidating, and many of the group members have expressed a concern about giving up our group time for evangelism. I know we should be doing something. Do you have any ideas on how to approach this?

The easiest, and an effective way to approach evangelism in a small group, is to simply have an empty chair in the room. Point out that there is someone in each group member's network of family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, fellow church members who should be considered for an invitation to the group, and to sit in this chair that has been "reserved" for them.

If you are looking for a more assertive approach that still offers a fun, low-risk approach to sharing the good news, try this:

Serving people's basic felt needs has been proven to help them drop their defenses, and allow them to hear more of what you are saying. Serving others in the name of Jesus, often "earns" us the opportunity to share the gospel with them. A small group is the ideal format within which to plan and carry out service projects. You need to discuss the following issues:

  • Target: who are you reaching out to? neighbors? larger community?

  • Needs: what are the everyday issues confronting these people?

  • Time: how much time do you have to give?

  • Activities: what can you do that is realistic for you and helpful to others given your time and resource restraints?

Be creative. Brainstorm together. Write down every idea you can think of. Then sort through these to the one thing God is calling you to do. Use the list that follows to stimulate your creativity-but don't be limited by it. Choose a service activity that has direct effect on individuals for the greatest impact! ...

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