A 7-Step Process for Reaching a Community

July 17, 2013

Evangelism

Do you want to know how to evangelize a community? I mean real evangelism that makes changes in a community by making changes in the lives of those living in it. It’s not going to be easy. In fact, it will take years to accomplish properly. Here is a 7-step process for getting it done.

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1. Break down barriers in the community. That comes through contact with others. Pass out information. Mail it to them. Walk your dog and get to know your neighbors.

2. Introduce light. No one cares what you know until they know that you care about them. Offer to help them even if the help is not spiritual. Someone moving in? Take a meal or cookies to them. Do you have a neighbor who lost a loved one? Take a meal or tracts on dealing with mourning. There are so many good deeds we can do if we look for them. Remember, we are to be zealous for good deeds!

3. Provide alternatives. If you see neighbors going the wrong way in life, offer alternatives to them. Of course, this cannot be done until you accomplish steps one and two.

4. Encourage goodness. Take the time not only to talk about alternatives to sin, but also take time to promote and encourage them to make the right choices in life. There are infinite ways to do this if you use some imagination.

5. Discourage evil. It is one thing to encourage good, but I suggest you avoid telling people to change from evil until they get a taste of good things. Repentance is vital for everyone, but the desire to repent comes as they learn more of the goodness of God. As they learn to make good choices and see the benefits of it, they will much more readily hear you and cooperate with you in helping them rid their lives of the evil things. It’s the difference between leading and pushing.

6. Create a community event in their homes or on their block for them to help sponsor and be involved with. They will start to identify more with you and start taking a stand for what is good and right. Here it becomes more than merely talking the talk. You are training them to walk the walk. The event does not have to be a Bible study. It could be something as simple as having a cookout or passing out materials that promote something good (which means you are helping them do steps 1 and 2).

7. Seek one-on-one studies to convert them to Christ. It is possible that you will get to this stage around steps 2-5, and you might find some even at step 1. Of course we will not turn them down! But this is envisioning a plan to make the most impact on a whole community and building disciples of Christ from a long-term perspective.

I am convinced that one reason we are not able to evangelize well today is because we keep focusing on step 7 without realizing that there are 6 steps before you can do that one effectively. If you consider it, you will find that our success in the past came in the fashion above. This also can be seen in the way Jesus dealt with communities of people.

About Jason Sparks

I am passionate about spreading the Gospel. God has blessed me with a wife and two children. I have been preaching full time since graduating Brown Trail School of Preaching in June, 1999 and also have an MA from University of Phoenix.

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