After searching the web I found the following sites that offer practical usable information for evangelism. Evangelism Explosion materials I am personally familiar with because I was trained using these materials and have found them to be usable and produce success. Remember, no matter how well you are trained in evangelism, it is imperative to utilize the information. In the following insert from my book “Earnestly Contend for the Faith” you will find some interesting information I found from David Barrett.
THE NECESSITY OF EVANGELISM
Why is evangelism necessary? The answer to this question should be obvious. As a living organism the Church must be reproducing itself or it is dying. But before we delve too far into this topic, let us ask the question: What is evangelism? Though the question seems trite, the answer is somewhat confusing. To demonstrate this point David Barrett gives some very insightful information in his work for the AD 2000 Series and the Global Evangelization Movement, entitled, Evangelize! A Historical Survey of the Concept.
Barrett reveals a dichotomy within the Christian Church as far as understanding the meaning of the term. First of all, the upper-range Christian specialists across the world which include a whole catalog of various fields from exegesis to theology, missions, evangelism, and pastors or preachers unanimously affirm that ‘evangelize’ meant in Bible times, throughout Christian history, and still means today: to preach, to bring, to tell, to proclaim, to announce and to declare.1
A contrary view is held by an impressive range of Christian practitioners, the ones who are actually doing the task of evangelism and includes pastors, evangelists, denominational leaders, and mission’s executives. Their concept of ‘evangelize’ is: receive, go, witness, proclaim, disciple, baptize and train.2
A majority of rank and file Christians, which compose about 99.7 percent of the 1.6 billion Christians in the world (Barrett’s statistics from 1987), support the specialist’s interpretation. The rest are supportive of the practitioner’s interpretation. In other words, most of Christendom interprets evangelism from a theoretical standpoint rather than practical. There is a whole lot of talk about evangelism, but not a whole lot being done about it.3
According to Barrett’s study, D. L. Moody and other notables who represented the range of North American mission boards met at the Northfield Convention in the USA, in the year 1885. Their purpose was to plan for and pursue a course of evangelization that would saturate the entire population of the earth with the gospel by the year 1900. By 1900 there had only been a 4 percent increase in global evangelization. Worse than this, from the Day of Pentecost to that day in 1885 there had been two hundred such efforts which had fizzled out. From 1885-1987 there have been another one hundred schemes of evangelism. Of all this total of three hundred only about 50 remain and some of those are dwindling away. Why? According to Barrett,
The reasons for . . . these global failures . . . are very complex but also easy to grasp. Basically, they have resulted from absence of any clear idea of what it means to reach every soul on Earth, absence of any all embracing global strategy, absence of the ability to match up needs with resources, and absence of any serious attempt to grapple with the logistics required. . . . Christians do not really understand the immense complexity of the world, nor the magnitude of the task.4
1 David B. Barrett, Evangelize! A Historical Survey of the Concept, (Birmingham: New Hope, 1987), p. 79.
2 Op. Cit.
3 Ibid., p. 12.
4 Ibid., p. 9.
Please take advantage of all resources you can find to assist in evangelism. But please do not forget — no matter how much you know — it is to no avail if it is not utilized!!!!!!