“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” ―John C. Maxwell
It’s nothing new that we live in a consumeristic, media-driven, fast-paced society that likes to have the newest, biggest, and coolest the moment it’s available. We’re always looking to obtain the next big thing, and I cannot help but wonder if we are doing this very thing in the way we view Christianity, the church and Jesus.
Here are 5 terrible substitutes for evangelism:
Ask people about the last time they shared the gospel, and you’ll often be met with silence. In a 2012 Lifeway Research study on evangelism, eighty percent of people who attend church more than once a month believe that sharing the Gospel is an important part of their faith. But of those eighty percent, sixty-one percent haven’t shared their faith in the last six months.
People are nervous to share the Gospel—they don’t want to mess it up or embarrass themselves. I’ve seen Christians intentionally avoid the discussion when asked by people who are generally curious.
Over the last few years I have noticed that when I put myself into unfamiliar situations, I begin to expose a lot about myself, my leadership, and my relationship with God. Unfamiliar situations will do this to the best of us, and I firmly believe that evaluating the way we handle change is a wonderful way to scale our relationship with Christ.
Recently I shared a post about my cross-country move to a new state, city, and ministry position. And although it’s only been about a week since I have arrived, I can’t begin to explain how much I’ve already learned, grown, and experienced.