To prepare for an outreach event in the life of the church, why not promote a Creative Evangelism Month within your small group? Designate any month preceding a special event such as Easter, Christmas, Vacation Bible School or other function designed to bring new people into the church.
Creative evangelism is simply ordinary evangelism with a twist—a new method or even an old method that an individual has never tried. Creativity comes from gearing the method to the individual like Jesus did. The approach may be subtle (the lawyer who learned about the Good Samaritan), it may arouse curiosity (Nicodemus), or it may carry a surprise element (accusers of the adulteress woman).
Introduce the program with several Scriptures such as: The Great Commission—Matthew 28:19-20; opportunity—Ephesians 5:16; culture—1 Corinthians 9:19-23; harvest time—John 4:35. The idea is to build enthusiasm for evangelism. Ask members to write out a name of someone they would like to win to the Lord.
Pray for evangelistic zeal.
Pray for opportunity.
Pray for creative ideas.
Pray for receptive hearts.
Discuss creative ways to present the Gospel. Share personal stories or examples from others. The following true experiences will help the creative juices begin to flow:
- It wasn't until she had placed the building supplies in the car that Sheila realized she had been undercharged. When the checkout clerk expressed surprise that she would return to point out the error, she said, "Well, I wouldn't feel very good in church tomorrow knowing I had been dishonest." The clerk suggested putting the extra money in the offering. "No, God doesn't want that kind of money," Sheila said.
- After hearing a tale of woe from a prison inmate, Marvin said, "I'm really sorry, Son. You've had tough breaks all your life, but I know how you can turn your life around." When the young man showed interest, Marvin said, "When I come next week, I'll tell you about it."