Confession Time

 

I am critical of the fact that many Mennonites “believe” in evangelism and don’t do it.

I am one of those Mennonites.

So here’s my repentance. Not the “I’m sorry and will you forgive me so that I feel good again” kind. I mean the kind where I try to change a little bit.

My goal is do two things every week—baby steps if you will.

1. Make an evangelistic contact

2. Learn something about effective evangelism

My initial commitment is for the next several weeks before I go on an international trip.

This week I have one down and one to go, with only one day left. And yes, I plan to share my failures here as well. As with most worthwhile projects, this might not work.

Care to join me?

3 Responses to “ “Confession Time”

  1. J says:

    For what it’s worth on the second point, a few books I’ve read recently and recommend to varying degrees:
    * Rebecca Pippert’s Out of the Saltshaker–an “evangelism” book that actually struck me as deeply inspiring, rather than evoking queasiness at perceived manipulation.
    * unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity…and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman provides some insight into perception of Christians by those “outside”, including some interesting stuff re. evangelism.
    * I just read Carl Medearis’s Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism today on another’s recommendation, and was quite favorably impressed–though it’s not entirely comfortable, and I’m still working through what all practical lessons I should take from it. (It’s currently $2.51 for Kindle, and well worth the price.)

  2. J says:

    Re. Medearis’s book, some of the three-star reviews on Amazon are worth reading–legitimately addressing some of the weaknesses in the book, while recognizing some of the core value it offers.