3 Stages

July 30, 2003

[Book cover for Street Preacher's Manual]Hey Randall! Birgit and crew were here yesterday. While the kids played in the pool, Kay, Birgit, Ming-Lan and I sat around and talked about evangelism.

It seems Chris and Ming-Lan asked some fellow why he saw fruit from his outreach and they didn’t. His response was, “You don’t have a structure to support what you want.” This statement rang with me, because when it comes to home group multiplication, Kay & I have observed that:

  • structure does not cause growth, but
  • lack of structure impedes growth.

Could the same be true of evangelism? Ming-Lan described 3 stages:

  1. Casting your net. Events, picnics, activities open to anyone. Large.
  2. Groups for non-Christians to discuss spiritual things. Small.
  3. Discipling those who are interested in following Jesus. 1-to-1.

I see this as structuring what you do according to where people are along the Engel Scale. I’ll continue this later…

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.