Thursday, June 27, 2013

Leading Evangelism: An Introduction to the Modes

How does a leader determine what evangelistic or outreach methods to employ? How does one develop a comprehensive strategy, aligned to God but adapting to the context, while mobilizing the whole body? It begins with God, for evangelism is always first and foremost a work of God.

Imagine joining our Lord at the right hand of the throne of God to watch him work through his people as he seeks to save the lost. Suppose you could see his work throughout the centuries and in all different cultures. Are there common methods? Would there be consistent patterns? Are there ways that God always works? The number of distinct methods would be far too numerous to count. Nor would it be that helpful to list, as some worked well at one time and place, but others in a different context. Yet in the midst of them all, there would be a pattern—three consistent relational connections through which God has always worked. These are what we call the relational modes of evangelism.

A mode is by definition a customary or preferred way of doing something (such as an “MO” or “mode of operation” in business). When we speak of the modes of evangelism, we are speaking of the primary relational contexts in which God always works through the body of Christ. Knowing these modes enables us to align ourselves with God’s work in any context. Together they provide the framework for a comprehensive strategy of evangelism that adapts to the audience and mobilizes the whole body.

Each mode is distinctive. Each has its effectiveness and presents unique opportunities. Each is limited by itself. But when working together, the three
create a powerful synergy. They create evangelistic momentum. Together they provide the contours of an evangelistic movement.

Excerpt from Keith Davy, Evangelism Design, CruPress.

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