How to get Your Center Excited About Evangelism
A Christian worker who serves in a pregnancy center should want to see that ministry excited about evangelism. After all, the number one need of a person who walks through your doors is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We also know that the best way to save a baby is to let Jesus save the mother. So, the best way to help those who walk into our centers is to share the gospel with them.
But how do we cultivate an environment of evangelism in our centers and get those with whom we serve to be excited about it?
Here are several ideas I would share with you.
Teach them the simplicity of the gospel.
Believers often confuse the Bible and the gospel. The Bible contains the gospel, but it is much more – how to love your neighbor, how to treat your enemy, how to raise your family, how to manage your money, etc. The Bible is 66 books, whereas the gospel as defined in I Corinthians 15:3-5 is ten words – Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.
That text reads, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, and then by the twelve.” His burial is proof that He died; the fact that He was seen is proof He arose. So, the gospel in its simplicity is Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.
Unless your workers are clear on that simple message, they tend to share to much of the Bible instead of keeping the message as simple and clear as God keeps it.
Teach them the meaning of saving faith.
The one book written specifically to tell us how to obtain eternal life was the Gospel of John. John 20:31 tells us, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.” The word believe, used 98 times in the gospel of John means, to trust, depend on, and rely upon. We must come to God as sinners, recognize Christ died for us and rose again, and trust in Christ alone to save us.
Encourage your workers not to use phrases that are confusing to unbelievers such as invite Christ into your heart, give your life to Jesus, etc. Not only are they confusing, but they’re also not the terms used in Scripture in telling us how to receive eternal life.
John 6:47 teaches us, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” Explain to your workers the need to ask non-Christians to trust in Christ alone to save them.
Teach them a method to share the gospel.
Once your workers understand the gospel and saving faith, help them overcome any fears they have about sharing the gospel and teach them a method to explain it to an unbeliever. Many love to use EvanTell’s Bad News Good News approach to do that. The Bad News as well as the Good News contains two points, two verses, and two illustrations, and are easily mastered and easy to explain to a non-Christian. Our You Can Tell It! personal evangelism training course covers how to use this tract in detail.
We also just released “God’s Heart for You.” An adult version of our Children’s CrossTalk Tract. This method presents the gospel with simple illustrations that fold out into the shape of the cross. From the beginning with God’s love to the end with our opportunity to spend eternity with Christ, this tract is a great new resource for any center. We cover the illustrations used in this tract in our new Wherever You Go training which is another great resource to help equip your center workers to share the gospel.
A method and training will free your workers to speak to anyone and everyone about the Lord even those they meet outside of a pregnancy center.
Lead through example.
It is a fact of life that people do not do what you say, nearly as much as they do what you do. So, if you want the ones you work with to regularly speak to those who come to your center about their salvation, then you must do the same.
Paul said to his disciple Timothy, “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” II Timothy 4:5. A good question that a leader of any pregnancy center ought to ask is, “Would those who work alongside me have a greater burden to present the gospel to our clients after working with me?” The answer should always be a resounding, “Yes!”
Give them a variety of materials they can use.
EvanTell has a wide variety of materials that can be used in both presenting the gospel to the lost and equipping believers in evangelism. Let us help you equip others to share the gospel.
Some of these are materials and resources they can give to a non-Christian and some are items that can be used to educate and equip the believer in conversations they have with the lost. The more we increase our skills the more effective we can be in talking to anybody and everybody who walks into our centers.
Engage your workers in praying regularly for the ones with whom they interact.
Each worker needs to be encouraged to have a prayer journal containing the names of those they have or are counseling. Many times, it will be a prayer for their salvation, and other times it will be a prayer that the right decisions will be made regarding their baby, adoption, etc. Any concern a worker has about anyone she has counseled, or any decision being faced by those she has counseled should be brought before the Lord. 1 Peter 5:7 encourages us that any concern of ours is a greater concern to Him. There we read, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
These six thoughts have proven to be helpful in improving the evangelistic atmosphere and outreach of pregnancy centers. There is nothing more rewarding than to have someone say to you, “First I was introduced to your center, then I was introduced to you, and that led to the greatest experience of my life – being introduced to Christ.”
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