Models of Evangelism

crossroadsToday 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:

  1. Evangelism as proclamation – exemplified in the life and ministry of Billy Graham
  2. Evangelism as discipleship – exemplified in the life and ministry of Dawson Trotman
  3. Evangelism as acts of service, justice, compassion and peace – exemplified in the life and ministry of John Perkins
  4. Evangelism as the demonstration of God’s power- exemplified in the life and ministry of John Wimber
  5. Evangelism as church planting and church growth – exemplified in the life and ministry of Bill Hybels
  6. 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:

  • relied on the Holy Spirit
  • was intentional
  • matched the method to the person
  • reached out to people beyond His social structures, gender, or ethnicity
  • was imaginative in how He interacted with people
  • sometimes was confrontation – speaking the direct truth to the religious leaders
  • radically called people into new life.

Maybe you would like to read through the passages we did this morning and simply ask the question: ‘what can we learn about evangelism from how Jesus approached each of these people and situations?’

  • Matthew, the Tax Collector (Matthew 9:9-13)
  • An insane man (Mark 5:1-15)
  • Pilate, the Roman Governor (Mark 15:1-15)
  • A boy and his father (Mark 9:14-29)
  • Nicodemus, a religious leader (John 3:1-21)
  • Two sisters, Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)
  • Religious leaders (Matthew 22:33-46; Mark 12:13-27)
  • Two criminals (Luke 23:39-43)
  • A synagogue leader (Mark 5:21-43)
  • Four fisherman (Matthew 4:18-22)
  • King Herod (Luke 23:6-12)
  • A widow (Luke 7:11-17)
  • Roman Army officer (Luke 7:1-10)
  • Children (Mark 10:13-16)
  • Two adulterous women (John 8:1-11; 4:3-42)
  • Jewish High Court (Luke 22:66-71)
  • An ill woman (Mark 5:25-34)
  • A rich young man (Mark 10:17-27)
  • A blind man (Mark 10:46-52)
  • Women disciples (Luke 8:1-3)
  • Caiaphas and other leaders (Matthew 26:57-68)
  • Ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19)
  • A government official and his son (John 4:46-54)
  • Jairus and his daughter (Mark 5:21-43)
  • A paralyzed man (Mark 2:1-12)
  • A mother and a daughter C(Mark 7:24-30)
  • A doubter (John 20:24-29)
  • Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:1-9)

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