WORKSHOP "Evangelism: finding YOUR style"

SHARING OUR FAITH WITH OTHERS

There are many ways to share the Good News of the Gospel. The important thing is to find the style of
sharing that suits you best. The questionnaire below is designed to help you identify a way of sharing
your faith that fits naturally with you and the way you do things.

You are then invited to come along with your completed questionnaire on Sunday 8 May 6:30pm to
the Oak Hall to learn more about how to use your way of sharing your faith with those around you.

Sara Bottomley and Adrian Judd

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EVANGELISTIC STYLES QUESTIONNAIRE
AND FEEDBACK FROM GROUPS

Directions:

  1. Read each of the 36 statements and record a number by each that reflects the degree that statement fits
       you. Your choices are from 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest match to who you are, and 5 the highest.

    Here’s a description of what each number means:

                                       5…………..…………That’s totally me

                                       4…………………..Pretty much like me

                                       3...……………...…...Somewhat like me

                                       2………………….……..A little like me

                                       1……………………That’s not me at all

    2)Transfer those numbers to the grid and total each column

 

 1. In conversations, I like to approach topics directly, without much small talk or beating around the bush.

 2. I have a hard time getting out of bookstores or libraries without getting a bunch of books that will help me better
   understand issues being debated in society.

 3. I often tell stories about my personal experiences in order to illustrate a point I am trying to make.

 4. I am a “people person” who places a high value on friendship.

 5. I enjoy including or adding new people to activities I am involved in.

 6. I see needs in people’s lives that others often overlook.

7. I do not shy away from putting a person on the spot when it seems necessary.

8. I tend to be analytical.

 9. I often identify with others by using phrases like “I used to think that too” or “I once felt the way you do.”

10. Other people have commented about my ability for developing new friendships.

11. To be honest, even if I knew the answers, I am more comfortable having someone “better qualified” explain
     Christianity to my friends.

12. I find fulfillment in helping others often in behind-the-scenes ways.

13. I do not have a problem confronting my friends with the truth even if it risks hurting the relationship.

14. In conversations, I naturally focus on the questions that are holding up a person’s spiritual progress.

15. When I tell people of how I came to Christ, I have found that they have been interested in hearing it.

16. I would rather delve into personal life issues than abstract theological ideas.

17. If I knew of a high quality outreach event that my friends would enjoy, I would make a big effort to bring them.

18. I prefer to show love through my actions more than my words.

19. I believe that real love often means telling someone then truth, even when it hurts.

20. I enjoy discussions and debates on difficult questions.

21. I intentionally share my mistakes with others when it will help them relate to the solutions I have found.

22. I prefer getting involved in discussions concerning a person’s life before dealing with the details of their beliefs.

23. I tend to watch for spiritually strategic events to bring people to (such as Christian concerts, outreach events, seeker services).

24. When people are spiritually closed, I have found that my quiet demonstrations of Christian love sometimes
       make them more receptive.

25. A motto that would fit me is: “Make a difference or a mess, but do something.”

26. I often get frustrated with people when they use weak arguments or poor logic.

27. People seem interested in hearing stories about things that have happened in my life.

28. I enjoy long talks with friends.

29. I am always looking for a match between the needs and interests of my friends and the various events,
      books, etc., that they would enjoy or benefit from.

 30. I feel more comfortable physically assisting a person in the name of Christ than getting involved religious discussions.

31. I sometimes get in trouble for lacking gentleness and sensitivity in the way I interact with others.

32. I like to get at the underlying reasons for opinions that people hold.

33. I am still amazed at how God brought me to faith in Him and I am motivated to tell people about it.

34. People generally consider me to be an interactive, sensitive, and caring kind of person.

35. A highlight of my week would be to take a guest with me to an appropriate church event.

36. I tend to be more practical and action-oriented than philosophical and idea-oriented

 

 
 

 

Crofton Baptist Church

Evangelistic Styles Evening 8 May 2016

Feedback from Groups

 

General Points:

  • As a church, need to adopt a diversity of styles to match the identified group being worked with or targeted.

  • Offer training and support for people in development of their style(s)

  • Recognize that we adopt different styles in different situations, dealing with different people – no one approach fits all.

  • Sharing stories in church to encourage one another and offer ideas of things that have worked.

 

Specific Ideas/Suggestions (for CBC or individuals)

  • Praying (as individuals/group/church) for God to identify people and opportunities and then waiting for them to be revealed.

  • Investigate Messy Church?

  • Fun one off events which might use church premises (or not) but would not be perceived as being labeled with ‘church’ eg comedy night

  • Organising an event with speaker of interest to people within and outside church eg well-known sports person who is also a Christian, other personality Bear Grylls,!!!!

  • Flower festival

  • Parenting classes

  • Fundraising event for a good cause that draws people in

  • Non-church based book club, games evenings, pub nights, outings, dinners, other social activities where some people invited/involved are Christian but many are not – salt and light. Works people’s existing social networks.

  • Being a consistent good neighbor

  • Small kindnesses/words of encouragement to colleagues in a work environment, being respectful or considerate. Modeling Christian behavior.

 

Below is flow diagram Helen came up with. Pray for people at each stage, but particularly in the lead up to the dinner. Maybe intersperse Christian and non-Christian friends.