Evangelism: Spontaneous or Relational?

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On Wednesday Night, September 4th, we will discuss the effectiveness of the two major methods of Evangelism. One method is called Spontaneous or Street or Door-to-Door Evangelism. The other is called Relational or Friendship Evangelism.

One thing is sure about evangelism. Christians are supposed to do it.  Mat 28: 19 [Jesus said] Go… and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Spontaneous Evangelism is the method of sharing the Gospel of Jesus with people you come in contact with at the grocery store, or in a Doctor’s office waiting room, or at a ball game, or simply visiting people “door to door”. You may engage them in conversation or hand them a Gospel tract. It requires no relationship to the person and normally does not involve any follow up. The positive side of spontaneous evangelism is you can tell many people about Jesus very quickly, but it is difficult to “make disciples” if you only meet them in a brief encounter and you may never see them again.

Relational Evangelism is the method of sharing the Gospel with your family, friends, coworkers, classmates, etc. These are people you know in your network of friends or acquaintances. This method is much slower than spontaneous evangelism because it takes a long time to develop friendships. While this method offers more time to do “discipleship”, often times you become good friends with the person without ever finding time to talk with them about Christ.

So the question for the evening is:

Which Evangelism method is the most effective?

  • Both (80%, 12 Votes)
  • Relational (13%, 2 Votes)
  • Spontaneous (7%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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