More from Earl & the AG Pastors:
EVANGELISM – please do not have organized outreach events.
stop with your programs to attract the world to come to church.
the church is supposed to go into the world.
stop commissioning missionaries and parading them as special.
we are all special, and are all missionaries.
my entire life is evangelism, it’s not an event.
Read here for a great post by Tammy Jo about the confusion between church marketing and evangelism.
But true servanthood is truly serving namelessly, anonymously. Would churches be willing to “serve” or “give” if they didnt get recognized for it, if they didnt get the “credit” for it. If the “this really makes me look good” factor was removed would churches still spend the money? Would they still “give from their heart”? What if it was simply away to tell people about Jesus instead of a way to advertise your church?
Pam Hogeweide shares her personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences about evangelism. A wise conclusion from her:
I’m content to share Christ through the quiet corridors of friendship and happenstance. I’ve made my peace with the E word. For the most part. I still don’t like the word, evangelism, it’s too loaded for me, triggering scars of shame and memories of failure. But sharing my friendship with God through the ordinariness of my ordinary life, that’s something I can do. That’s something that I live.
This excerpt from an excellent post by Maurice Broaddus addresses mission and the way we evangelize.
As Christians, we have our identity in Christ. We find our mission in Christ. Missional people might not spend as much time at church because their whole lives are missions. We are all missionaries in the context of our social connections, called to love and serve the world. Some people may ask why we do what we do, and though we may share why, even if they don’t, our mission doesn’t change. Evangelism isn’t separated from social action. I’m going to serve because I’m called to serve, not in order to “trick” you into asking about my faith so that I can make my Jesus sales pitch.
There are good thoughts here to consider how we love and serve people without leaving them feeling like our latest project and wondering “What’s the catch?” I think it’s good that we begin to examine the true state of our love for those around us and how we will express that love.