Let’s not ignore the “e-word”, even though some love it and some are scared stiff by it. In the material prepared for the United Reformed Church's evangelism year of Vision4Life we find a simple, but helpful, definition – “Evangelism is about people with a story tell … “ We have got a message. Tell it!
When we lived in Panama, the custom was not to answer the phone with a ‘hello’ or your name or number, but with the word ‘diga’. It means ‘tell me’. Let’s tell the story, our story – that is all evangelism is.
We can use imaginative initiatives to help us, and that’s great – but evangelism is so often what happened to Kathy. I think she was over 80 when she started coming to one of the churches of which I was then minister. And why did she come? She came because Maud, one of our church members, started talking to her at the bus stop.
The problem is – we’re British. We don’t talk to people we don’t know at bus stops.