Published November 14, 2017
An “Old School” approach to personal evangelism may be making a come-back in certain parts of Kentucky. There is a generation of young pastors and leaders who are re-considering the use of front door evangelism, or “Door-Knocking” as a way to share the good news of Jesus with people who are far from God.
With the rise of a group of non-religious people referred to as the “Nones,” we must continue to look for ways to engage people with the gospel. Going door to door is still a useful way of meeting the people who live in the homes around the 2,400 Kentucky Baptist church buildings and making an effort to share the gospel.
Before getting to the how-to of front-door evangelism let me address some myths about this particular approach to sharing the gospel. Below are five statements often heard when the conversation of door to door evangelistic ministry is mentioned:
Front door ministry is effective in one other way. It is a way to share the good news of Christ. In most communities if people knock on 10 doors on a weekday afternoon, they will be able to have at least two gospel conversations. If they knock on 10 doors on Saturday morning, or Sunday afternoon, those numbers increase to five or six conversations. This is certainly not the only way to share the gospel, but it is one way that followers of Jesus can share the good news with lost people
While front door evangelism is not an evangelistic silver-bullet for reaching the approximately 80 percent of our state that does not attend any church anywhere on Sunday morning, it is nevertheless a tool that should be considered. A local church needs a comprehensive strategy for saturating its community with the good news of Christ. Consider going to every home within a one-mile circle around the church. Learn the names of the people in those homes, engage them as best you can with the gospel, invite them to good events the church is doing, put them on your personal prayer list, and watch what God does over time through your efforts.
The next article will talk about “Do’s and Don’ts of Front-Door Evangelism” as well as a step-by-step approach to this method. As always if I, or the Evangelism, Church Planting and Campus Ministry Team of the KBC, can help you with your work, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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