Chuck Lawless

10 Evangelism Questions for Church Leaders to Ask

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If you’re a church leader, you’re responsible for modeling evangelism for your congregation. Maybe asking these questions will challenge you to be more evangelistic.

1. Am I broken over lostness? Paul was willing to be accursed so others might be saved (Rom. 9:3). That kind of burden results in evangelistic leaders.

2. Was I more evangelistic earlier in my spiritual journey? Our evangelistic fire often burns most brightly during the first months after our conversion. The problem is that most of us are far from those days –and too far from that fire.

3. What keeps me from doing evangelism today? Honest evaluation is a good start toward improvement.

4. What are the names of non-believers for whom I am praying regularly? Your prayer life is a starting place to determine your evangelistic passion.

5. What intentional connections am I making with non-believers? It’s so easy for church leaders to get cocooned in the church world that we must intentionally choose to connect with unbelievers.

6. How many genuine friendships with non-believers do I have? We won’t reach non-believers if we don’t really know any of them.

7. When was the last time I personally shared the gospel with someone? A mentor once challenged me to tell the good news to somebody at least once a week. That’s a good start.

8. Have I limited my evangelism to talking only with non-believers who come to me? It happens to most of us–we proclaim the gospel from the pulpit or in our office, and we fail to initiate evangelism in the street.

9. Do my church members and friends know my conversion story? Many church members don’t know the testimony of their closest friends in the church. If we don’t even tell our story to other believers, we’re not likely to tell it to the lost world.

10. Will I intentionally tell somebody about Jesus today? Your answer to this question will determine what you do with this post.

What are your responses to these questions?

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published here on November 22, 2016.

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Chuck Lawless

Director of the Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership

Dr. Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions, Dean of Doctoral Studies, and Vice-President for Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary, in addition to serving as Team Leader for Theological Education Strategists for the International Mission Board. He previously served as a Vice-President for Global Theological Advance for the IMB. Prior to that, he was dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he also served as Vice President for Academic Programming and the Director of Professional Doctoral Studies. He received a B.S. degree from Cumberland College and M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary. He is the author of eight works, including “Membership Matters,” and “Spiritual Warfare,” and has contributed numerous articles to denominational periodicals. He and his wife Pam have been married for over 25 years and reside here in Wake Forest, NC.

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