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Evangelist Resources To Strengthen Your Ministry.

Some of the books below will help your theology about evangelism, while others will help Readingbooksmalllead you step-by-step as you begin an evangelistic ministry. Whether you are called to full time evangelistic ministry, or feel compelled to share your faith in your local community, you’ll find some wonderful coaches and mentors in the books below. I pray that the Holy Spirit would guide you as you step out with the greatest message ever told.

For Him,
Marshall M. Windsor, DMin.

Allison, Lon, and Mark Anderson. Going Public with the Gospel: Reviving Evangelistic Proclamation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.

Coleman, Robert E. The Master Plan of Evangelism. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2002.

Davis, James O. The Pastor’s Best Friend: The New Testament Evangelist. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1997.

Graham, Billy. A Biblical Standard for Evangelists. Minneapolis: World Wide Publications, 1984.

Graham, Billy Evangelistic Association. The Mission of An Evangelist: Amsterdam 2000. Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Publications, 2001.

Metzger, Will. Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People. 3rd ed. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2002.

Mittelberg, Mark. Choosing Your Faith in a World of Spiritual Options. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2008.

Palau, Luis, and Timothy Robnett. Telling the Story: Evangelism for the Next Generation. Ventura, CA: Regal, 2006.

Pippert, Rebecca Manley. Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1979.

Streett, L. Alan. The Effective Invitation. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1984.

Sjogren, Steve. Conspiracy of Kindness: A Unique Approach to Sharing the Love of Jesus. 3rd ed. Ventura, CA: Regal, 2007.

Windsor, Marshall M. Becoming A Spirit-Empowered Evangelist. Rolla, MO: Chalfant-Eckert Publishing, 2016.

March 8, 2017 Posted by | Devotions, Outreach | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Outreach – Celebrate The Little Things!

celebrate_smallI recently had the privilege of helping a church with some outreach events. The schedule included a time of encouraging those participating in the outreach (about a dozen) on Friday evening, a breakfast and teaching session Saturday morning, followed by our outreach event. This was the first time that this church had conducted an outreach like this so everyone was wondering how it would turn out (would anyone actually come to the event?!).

First of all, I was so encouraged by the number of folks coming together to help with the outreach! Having a dozen-plus folks show up for outreach in a smaller community is huge. The event was held in the church parking lot and included free hot dogs (cooked onsite) with all the fixings, chips and drinks; as well as some prize drawing giveaways—all while the church’s worship team played and testimonies were shared. The outreach schedule started at 11 a.m. and began wrapping up at 2:30 p.m.

Initially, the pastor wasn’t too excited about this first time event. But, I brought several things to his attention. First, the community was more aware than ever that a church existed in their community that cared enough to offer some hospitality to their neighbors. Second, approximately seventy (70) visitors wandered through the festivities, which was great for a first-time event like this! Third, consistent events pay off. Don’t make pass or fail judgments on the turnout of one event. Word will spread and the community just may begin looking forward to a church’s annual event if it’s done with excellence in the right spirit of ministry.

The pastor agreed that this would be something worth continuing and that the event was as good for the church family as it was for the community. As a matter of fact, at one point the pastor stated, “If this outreach was for nobody else, it was for us.” That’s one of the paradigms of working with God and obeying the Great Commission: when we are obedient to take the gospel to our communities, God actually does a work in us and in our church family as well. How ironic, that we truly receive something new and refreshing from the Lord when we work to give away that which we already have—the hope of Christ. So celebrate the little things and watch them grow!

December 25, 2016 Posted by | Devotions, Outreach | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Give Up!

basketballplayerRecently, I chatted with a local pastor about his evangelism efforts in a smaller, rural community. His church isn’t that large so finding volunteers for any kind of outreach initiative is challenging. The larger churches in town seem to have most of the popular holidays—like July 4th—wrapped up with all their resources. This pastor tried many things that just did not seem successful over the years, except for their live nativity scene at Christmas that usually garnered around seventy or more cars. He was at his wits end and more than happy to visit about possibilities.

In talking with this pastor I sensed his discouragement, frustration, and hopelessness all at the same time. It wasn’t like the church wasn’t interested in evangelism, or had not tried to reach their community. They had tried numerous things to seemingly no avail. So what is a church leader to do in that kind of situation? When it seems as though you have tried it all but the fruit is missing?

The first thing I encourage any pastor to do is “Don’t give up!” When so many things go wrong or seem unfruitful, it’s easy to get discouraged and quit doing even those things that have been fruitful for your ministry. Step back and prayerfully consider what has provided even a slight reward. Repetition is often a church’s best avenue of bringing awareness to a community and the live nativity was a prime example. Seventy cars is a great number for a smaller community!

The second thing I encouraged this pastor to pray about was their web site. Since over eighty percent of first time visitors explore a church’s website it should be easy to navigate and up to date. Too much flash (small videos) on church websites can actually be a turnoff to many people, so keep it simple. Although difficult to believe, not everyone has high-speed Internet.

Lastly, for now, see what’s important to your community and become involved. Most smaller communities—and even larger ones—value authentic relationships. That means visibly building relationships one at a time in that community and finding out where there are needs that your ministry could help with—from adopting school playgrounds to the volunteer fire department. So don’t give up! As St. Augustine once said: “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”

God’s Best!
Marshall

July 4, 2016 Posted by | Devotions, Outreach | , , | 2 Comments

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