Today at our ministry staff meeting at Eastbrook Church, we talked broadly about the topic of evangelism. We watched a video from the Exponential 2014 conference by Rick Richardson on six models of evangelism seen in 20th and 21st century evangelicalism:
- Evangelism as proclamation – exemplified in the life and ministry of Billy Graham
- Evangelism as discipleship – exemplified in the life and ministry of Dawson Trotman
- Evangelism as acts of service, justice, compassion and peace – exemplified in the life and ministry of John Perkins
- Evangelism as the demonstration of God’s power- exemplified in the life and ministry of John Wimber
- Evangelism as church planting and church growth – exemplified in the life and ministry of Bill Hybels
- Evangelism as the counter-cultural life of the alternative community – exemplified in the life and ministry of Shane Claiborne
Rick suggests that these six models of evangelism are mutually complementary and necessary in the life of the church, and that they can be traced throughout the 2,000 years of the church’s existence.
We had a fascinating discussion of which models we appreciate and which are harder to appreciate for each of us. We also wrestled with the fact that these are predominantly Western models and examples.
That being said, it was a helpful picture of what we want to do.
After that, we spent time studying how Jesus engaged evangelistically in His encounters with people from list below. We noted that Jesus: Read the rest of this entry »