The word Evangelist comes from a Greek word "evangelion"
and means someone who gives a message of good
news. It is similar to the word "Gospel".
was not ashamed of the Gospel.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of
Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation
to every one that believeth;"
Are you ashamed of the Gospel or are you interested
in being a bearer of its good news?
An Evangelist is someone who brings the Gospel to
people, so that they can come to a saving knowledge
of Jesus Christ.
This can be done
in four different ways:
people in Churches.
2. Tent Evangelism.
3. Mass Evangelism.
4. Personal Evangelism.
This study will provide
you with a wealth of information that will help
you to be a successful Evangelist.
Let us deal with these different aspects of Evangelism:
Evangelizing people in Churches:
An Evangelist who
ministers in Churches from time to time may be effective
in doing several things, namely:
a. Winning to Christ those lost souls, who are invited
attend the services.
b. Ministering the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to those in
c. Spiritually refreshing and reviving the Christians in
the local Church.
These Evangelists need to consider the following:
They need to pre-plan and pre-arrange their itenary.
They need to prayerfully prepare for their meetings.
They need to know how to get to the place of ministry.
They need to clearly know their objective in ministry.
They need the local Church to prepare for the services.
f. The Church needs to invite the unsaved to the meetings.
They need to arrive at meetings on time.
They need to have sufficient time to minister.
i. They should encourage members to honor their Pastor.
j. Evangelists should be blessed financially for ministry.
k. They should never have a selfish motive for ministry.
l. They should send
a letter of thanks, for the hospitality and financial
2. Tent Evangelism:
Tent Evangelism is very
similar to that of the local Church.
Tent Evangelists need to consider the
a. The services should be advertised and Churches invited.
b. The tent site should be carefully selected.
All city or county codes should be met.
d. There should be ample parking facilities.
e. There should be bathroom facilities available.
f. The seating should be comfortable and lighting good.
g. There should be a pleasant and friendly atmosphere.
h. The sound equipment should be excellent.
i. The heating and cooling systems should be working.
j. There should be space to stand in front of the platform.
Ushers should be on duty to serve the visitors.
l. The ministry program should be well organized:
Welcoming the people.
Praise and worship.
Ministries in music and
Receiving and counting
of the offering.
Ministry of the Word.
Inviting people to receive
Ministering to the needs
Concluding the service.
Clearing and cleaning up
3. Mass Evangelism:
Mass Evangelism is very
similar to tent evangelism.
Everything that is organized
and done is done on a much greater scale.
Whereas the tent ministry
focuses on hundreds and possibly thousands, mass
evangelism always focuses on hundreds of thousands
The arrangements incorporate
The use of Large Stadiums.
The co-operation of hundreds
Radio, Television and Billboard
The organization, ushering
and ministry to crowds of people.
Effective sound equipment.
The effective follow up of thousands of converts.
4. Personal Evangelism:
When approaching this ministry,
Christians should desire to win people individually
to Christ and have the right attitude.
are ten points regarding a right attitude:
When building relationships
with non-believers, we need to be genuine, trustworthy
and as good as our word. We need to be truthful,
keep our appointments and always is on time.
humble person is able to communicate with people
on all levels and in most situations. Humble soul
winners do not think of themselves more highly than
To lead someone to the
Lord takes time. We need to have longsuffering when
someone is hearing, receiving, questioning and understanding
the Gospel, to be saved.
we are sensitive to the needs of a person, we can
more easily understand, comfort
and counsel them.
We need to have understanding
for the way people react to our message and regardless
of what they say we should be gracious.
need to have compassion for people and look beyond
their faults to there needs and pain. This kind
of love is manifest in word and deed.
By being someoneÕs friend,
it makes it easier for them to receive the Gospel
Enthusiasm attracts and
motivates people. If you believe in your message,
you will present a more enthusiastic and believable
We need to complete the
task of ministering to a person with persistence.
Satan will use everything he can to interrupt, disrupt
or stop us from leading someone to Christ.
Before, during and after
presenting the Gospel to a person, we need to remain
in constant prayer for the person. It is advisable
to have someone praying and interceding for you
and your evangelism ministry. Choose the right person
as a prayer partner, who you can call and agree
with in prayer, whenever you need to.
are at least six areas of soulwinning:
- Evangelistic services.
One can invite family,
friends and others to hear the preaching of the
Gospel at church services.
We need to first reach
our own circle of influence.
This includes our family,
friends or work associates, who are people we care
about, with whom we can share the good news of salvation.
By mailing out tracts and
Christian literature we can spread the Gospel.
- Personally giving out tracts.
One can give out tracts
in the neighborhood or at the mall.
By visiting the sick at
hospitals, we can encourage and share the Gospel
By going from door to door,
one can meet, get to know people, invite them to
church and talk to them about the Lord.
- It is important to know how to do soulwinning.
are correct ways of doing Evangelism and we need
to know and use these right techniques.
Here are eleven important
- Know the material you use.
Familiarize yourself with
the Gospel Booklets you are going to use, understand
the illustrations and know the scriptures used in
- Try to find a private place where you can witness
The right setting for soul
winning, is where it can be done one to one. This
could be at a kitchen table or a park bench. In
a public place, look for a person that is sitting
Always introduce yourself
to a person by name, and be sure to remember and
continuously use their name during the conversation.
- Show an interest in them.
Find out about them, their occupation,
their family and things they are interested in.
- Always maintain eye contact.
By doing this one can know if they are listening
and are interested in what you are saying
- Get permission to read your booklet.
This is courteous and will
avoid any embarrassment.
When reading, always do
so articulately, at a moderate speed. If necessary,
be willing to stop and explain if requested to do
- Involve the listener in the process.
listener to participate in a two-way conversation,
by asking questions.
- Avoid unnecessary questions.
Answering many questions
will sidetrack you and get you off the subject.
Sidestep a question by telling the person you would
love to answer their question, but ask them if you
could complete the subject and then deal with their
Our purpose is not to win
arguments, it is to win souls.
11. Be led by the Holy Spirit.
The most important part of soulwinning is to
be led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit organizes
GodsÕ worldwide evangelism program. We must be sensitive
to Him and hear His voice. He will tell us when,
where, how and with whom we must share the Gospel.
When He speaks to us or
leads us, it can be best described as a clear voice,
a strong impression or a flash of information that
comes to us. We must then act upon His leading.
Sometimes He speaks to us by giving us an idea or
mental picture and sometimes He speaks to us in
a dream or vision.
Here is an example:
"Then the Spirit said
unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot."
One must clearly have a
system of soulwinning.
This system consists of
at least three things:
One cannot evangelize unless
one has a person to talk to and we should always
be looking for people to minister to. This can be
done with family, friends, work associates and neighbors.
Approaching people correctly.
People should be approached
very courteously, carefully and gently. The general
rule is to be well organized, groomed and confident
when approaching someone.
c. There are several ways of approaching people
- Casual conversations.
- Door to door surveys.
- Hospital visits.
- A pre-arranged visit.
us look at three of them:
Door to door survey.
When doing such a survey,
one needs to be fully prepared. Determine which
neighborhood, street and homes need to be approached.
Have a survey sheet and a pen ready to be used.
Approach every home with friendliness, confidence
and speak clearly.
One can possibly use this
"Hi! My name is ........ and I'm
from ........ church.
We're doing a church survey in the
neighborhood and everyone's been so nice and friendly
Then small talk .......................
"Well I don't want
to take up too much time so I'll be very brief.
Are you folk's church
If you won't be offended,
where do you go to church?"
Then proceed with the survey
and complete it. Hand them some Christian literature
and tell them youÕd love to drop by some time and
visit with them. Then say goodbye.
When approaching those
in hospital, be sure that they are alone and that
it is convenient to talk with them. Use the same
method that one would use when visiting a person
in their home. If possible give them a tract that
will comfort and help them in their sickness. Pray
with them that God will heal them. Ask if there
is anything that they need.
Visiting a person in their home.
When witnessing to a person
in their home, the process of evangelism can be
extended into three visits, and here is a suggestion:
The first visit is where the
initial contact is made.
The second visit can be with a booklet or
The third visit can take the
form of an end-time seminar, where information can
be shared about the soon Coming of Jesus Christ.
If the person was saved during the second visit,
the third visit could serve as an opportunity to
reach the family and friends of the newly saved
communication with people must be effective and
consists of three parts;
Be sure to listen, more than you speak
and ask the person questions about themselves, their
family, their work and their achievements. To help
the person to talk, ask them questions that are
open ended. For example - If they say that they
have two children, ask them what their childrenÕs
names are. Get them to talk about the people and
things they love. This will help them to relax and
feel comfortable with you. Always address them by
their name. Win their friendship.
- Discern the person, their needs and try to understand
We need to understand more
about who they are, what they are thinking and if
there are any hindrances to their receiving the
Gospel. The person may or may not realize that they
have a spiritual need. They may be receptive or
hostile to the Gospel. They may be disappointed
in a church, a christian or they may have gone through
some major trauma of divorce or death in their family.
Find out if they are saved and where
they attend church. Are they open
and ready to receive the Gospel? Do they have major
problems that are occupying their mind? What is
the soil of their heart like? Is it good, thorny,
stony or wayside ground?
When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and
understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one,
and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.
This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received
the seed into stony places, the same is he
that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth
21 Yet hath he not root
in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation
or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and
by he is offended.
He also that received seed among the thorns
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word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness
of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received
seed into the good ground is he that heareth
the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth
fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold,
some sixty, some thirty.
Soulwinners must endeavor
to sow Gods Word in good ground. Sometimes ground
needs to be prepared by weeding, tilling it and
revisiting it before sowing the seed of Gods Word.
- Make sure that the task is completed.
If you decide that it is
time to proceed with the message, make sure that
you do the very best you can. It may be the only
opportunity you ever have, for the person to be
In order to be completely
successful in ministry to an unsaved person, the
Word of God must have free and full course.
2 Thessalonians 3:1
Finally, brethren, pray
for us, that the word of the Lord may have free
course, and be glorified, even as it is with
This can be best described
Word of God being sown into a personÕs life.
person believing the Word.
person confessing their sins.
person receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and
person being born again.
person testifying to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
person bearing spiritual fruit unto righteousness.
It is important for a soulwinner
to realize the value of the seed of Gods Word.
must be sown prayerfully and carefully!
The process of presenting
the message, can easily be remembered by four letters
- F O R M, and they stand for:
Before getting to the point
of actually sharing the message with the person,
it is important to find out more about their family,
what work they do, what church they go to and what
needs they have.
This can be done by remembering
the word FORM and asking about their family, work
While talking with the person about
themselves, they will relax and receive your message.
The actual message.
Upon deciding to proceed with the message,
the following question may be asked:
are you interested in spiritual things?"
If they reply- "Yes"
Then you can say - "Its
wonderful to meet someone who is interested in spiritual
If they reply - "No"
Then you can say - "I
appreciate it when someone's honest with me about
If they have answered yes,
then proceed with the following question:
"Have you heard
of the 5 Keys to experience the Good Life?"
If they say no, they havenÕt
heard about it, then ask:
"Would you mind if I share them with you?"
If they say yes,
then proceed to share the 5 Keys with them.
This little booklet is
available at the end of this study for your convenience
and may be copied.
Here are the 5 Spiritual
Keys to experience the Good Life:
The first key is understanding
that God loves us with an immeasurable love:
"For God so loved the world, that
he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
God loves us in spite of the fact that
we are sinners.
"But God commendeth his
love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us."
If we ask the question:
"How many sins
does must one do to be a sinner?"
The answer - one
Then we ask:
"Do we know anyone
who has not committed one sin?
The Bible answers that
"For all have
sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
God loves us in spite of our sin.
2. God has provided for us.
God has provided a New
Life for us:
How many times
have we wanted a chance to start all over
Again? God gives
us this opportunity:
2 Corinthians 5:17
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new."
forgives us, cleanses us and wipes out all our past
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from
If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.'
provides His children with Blessings and Prosperity:
"How much more shall your Father which is in heaven
give good things to them that ask him?"
"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers
of water ... and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
3. Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.
The third key is to understand that salvation and
the good life is only available through Jesus Christ.
There are many other ways
men have tried, unsuccessfully.
They have tried:
There is only one way -
Jesus Christ and He said:
Jesus saith unto him, I
am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me.
ÒI am the door: by me if
any man enter in, he shall be saved.Ó
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest."
4. Today is the day of salvation.
This fourth key is understanding
that salvation is an experience for today.
The only moment we are
sure of is - now and not tomorrow.
The moment to be saved
is now and not tomorrow, because we may not be alive
"Boast not thyself of to
morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring
We cannot take a chance
of dying and standing before God in judgment, without
"And as it is appointed
unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
5. Salvation is as easy as ABC.
The fifth Key is to do
the things that God requires, for you to receive
salvation and the good life.
Do these five things:
a. Acknowledge that you are a sinner.
b. Believe that Jesus Christ died to save you.
c. Repent and confess your sin to God.
d. Receive Jesus into your heart as your Savior.
e. Ask God to make you His child and write your name
in the Book of Life.
After you have completed
sharing these five spiritual Keys, proceed and ask
this question -
"When is the best
time to invite Jesus into your life to save you?
Help them to answer the
question by saying -
The best time is right
If they say agree, then
proceed to say -
I'm glad that you said
Several years ago I
also said that, and a wonderful person took the
time to pray with me and help me to be saved.
"I'm going to help
you and pray with you.
Now as I pray, pray with
me saying these words aloud after me.
Dear God, I come to
you in Jesus name.
I have sinned against
you and ask you to forgive me.
I receive Jesus, into
my life as my Lord and Savior.
Would you please cleanse
me with the Blood of Jesus of all my sin and make
me your child right now.
I receive you as my
Heavenly Father - Amen.
- Caring for the new Believer.
proceed to congratulate the person and welcome them
into Gods family.
three things for them:
When new believers are
born again into Gods family, they are newborn babes
and require a lot of tender loving care. They have
to be nurtured with the milk of the Word and protected
from all spiritual harm. They have to be discipled
and taught how to be a successful Christian. They
need to be taught to read their Bible, pray and
attend church services. When they are downhearted,
persecuted or attacked by satan, they need to be
encouraged and taught how to fight against the enemy.
The soulwinner must ensure that they are shepherded
and cared for.
Once a new Christian has
started attending church and is growing spiritually,
it is important to get them in fellowship with other
Christians in the church. This will help them to
feel accepted and develop some friendships with
other Christians. They need to become aware of all
the activities of the local church program and get
involved. If there are cells in the church, they
need to become a part of one of them.
When Believers feel comfortable
within the setting of a local church, they will
begin to feel a desire to become active within the
church. There are many activities that believers
can become involved in. They need to be introduced
to the many opportunities of ministry that they
can be a part of. These are activities will ensure
the using of their talents. They can sing in the
choir, evangelize, or do hospital and administrative
- Difficult cases and excuses:
Here are ten difficult
excuses that people make when being ministered to
and scriptures that can be used to help them:
"As it is written,
There is none righteous, no, not one:"
- I'll accept the Lord later.
"Boast not thyself
of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may
"Come now, and let
us reason together, saith the LORD: though your
sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as
- I've got to give up too much.
"For what is a man
profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and
lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange
for his soul?"
- A loving God won't send anyone to hell.
"And fear not them
which kill the body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy
both soul and body in hell."
- I'm a righteous person and don't need salvation.
"We are all as an
unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as
2 Corinthians 6:2
"For he saith, I have
heard thee in a time accepted, behold, now is the
accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
- I've tried before and failed.
"Now unto him that
is able to keep you from falling, and to present
you faultless before the presence of his glory with
- I'm a good person and good people go to heaven.
"For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man
I think I've committed the unpardonable sin.
"Let the wicked forsake
his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and
let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy
upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly
There are over two thousand
different religions, in the world today and many
of them are false. It would be very difficult for
a new Christian to deal with people that are a part
of a false cult. It is important that soulwinners
never become involved in discussions they have no
knowledge of. It is wise to refer all such cases
to a spiritually mature and equipped Believer.
The following tools are
necessary for soulwinners, namely:
Bible and knowledge of how to use it.
5 Keys to the Good Life Tracts or other material.
forms for good administration.
paperwork for good administration.
Copies of paperwork that
can be used in soulwinning.
This church survey form
can be used when going from door to door, doing
a church survey.
- A potential convert progress chart.
This needs to be completed
to keep a record of the progress that is being made
in ministering to a person.
- A circle of influence form.
This form helps soulwinners
record all the names of the people, who are within
the convertÕs immediate circle of influence.
form helps a soulwinner do telephone evangelism.
- A telephone survey form.