“Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” – Matthew 9:38
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations..” – Matthew 28:19
FOUR STEPS TO EFFECTIVE STREET EVANGELISM:
1) Pray! It’s important to talk to God about people before you talk to people about God. Start out by prayer walking in the area that you want to do evangelism. Ask God for insight and direction. Pray for the people that you see. Pray for the Holy Spirit to go before you to prepare people’s hearts, and to guide you to the people that are ready to hear.
2) Make contact: Still in an attitude of prayer, ask God to direct you to people. Introduce yourself and have an opening dialogue statement, like this “Hi, my name is __________, I’m here from Community Church to let you know that God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” Then allow the conversation to flow from there. Be sensitive to God’s direction, and allow Him to speak through you (i.e. the gifts of the Spirit, etc).
3) Meal outreach–offering sacked lunches to the homeless. It’s one thing to just pass out free food, its another to take time to sit and eat with someone, and spend the time talking with them.
4) Recognize that evangelism (especially cold contact evangelism) is a process of removing the walls and barriers that keep people separated from God. Think of it as a chain . . . sometimes you are the first link in the chain, sometimes you are the last (and have the privelege of actually introducing someone to a relationship with Jesus). Most often you are somewhere in between.
You will reap where you did not sow, but you must also be willing to sow where you don’t reap.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY