Saturday, June 02, 2012

Tim Keller’s Top 10 Evangelism Tips

Martin Salter:
A while ago on our elder retreat we listened to a talk Tim Keller gave at Lausanne. As part of that talk he gave 10 tips to help our lay folk in their evangelism. They were so helpful I wanted to put them down somewhere, so here they are:
  • Let people around you know you are a Christian (in a natural, unforced way)
  • Ask friends about their faith – and just listen!
  • Listen to your friends problems – maybe offer to pray for them
  • Share your problems with others – testify to how your faith helps you
  • Give them a book to read
  • Share your story
  • Answer objections and questions
  • Invite them to a church event
  • Offer to read the Bible with them
  • Take them to an explore course
What Keller also advises is that we (generally) start with 1-4. If people are interested and want to talk more you can move them to stages 5-7. If they’re still interested go on to stages 8-10. Sometimes people will want to go straight to 10, but often people start from way back and need some time to think and discuss things in a non-pressured way. We often think that only stages 8-10 count and invest all our energy there. TK suggests that to get people at stages 8,9,10 you have to put the work in at 1-4. Sometimes you’ll have to keep going round the loop multiple times.

TK suggests to leaders that we should aim to get 20% of our folk doing this (of course it should be 100% but let’s be realistic). If we do, we’ll see a steady stream of conversions over the long term, and sustainable church growth.
(HT:  Dashouse)


Inchristus said...

This is good. Sadly many believers could not answer questions or objections to Christianity. I would argue this is primarily because churches do not put much (any?) emphasis on apologetics.

KB said...

This is so great! I teach a 7th and 8th grade Sunday Bible Study, and one of my girls has been challenged with finding a way to share her faith that is less "in your face". She said she knows she's too direct but needs practical advice. I think this is going to help her. Bless you!