I have been experimenting with new ways of introducing the Bible in 11 cards to non-Christians.
The following seems to create great interest to watch the video.
After a bit of small talk, I turn the conversation around to spiritual things.
For example, I might say “I direct a charity in NZ. John, have you had any contact with a church?”
Or “I direct a charity in NZ. John, do you have any interest in spiritual things?”
Given most of those reading this blog are not director’s of charities, how could you turn the …
In this blog, I am going to giving an illustration of the power of appreciation.
Showing appreciation is hugely important in our interaction with the lost.
It must be important – someone has written a book about it! (picture on the right).
Now, lets get to the illustration.
As many of you know we have a vision to develop an evangelism training centre at Oke Bay in the Bay of Islands where we can bring evangelists from all over the world to train them in evangelism.
Next year we are starting with NZ pastors.
As you know, we are developing an evangelism training centre in one of the most beautiful locations in NZ.
The vision is to restore the 120 year old villa on the property so that it can be rented out in the high season, which will fund our evangelism activities in the low season. To view the property click here.
Next year during winter, the plan is to start inviting small groups of pastors here (3-4 pastors) for a week to build relationship with them, fish, have fun, and (most importantly) walk them …
I get a lot of interesting emails but never one as interesting as the one below from Greg McDuff.
Greg attends Manukau Salvation Army in South Auckland.
At his home, Greg and his lovely wife Biance has been faithfully taking small groups of people through the ESI evangelism series.
Essentially, he is fulfilling the mandate given to evangelists in Ephesians 4:11-14 which is “to equip the saints for the work of ministry.” i.e. teach other people how to do evangelism.
At the end of each course, Greg takes his ‘disciples’ out to teach them …
AN EARLY MORNING MUSE
It all started when we chatted (at evangelism group) about Julian’s latest blog on “what does it mean to have a relationship with Jesus?” and it ended up with a discussion about “giving up everything.”
Just what does that mean to us as we sit in our middle class homes, on soft leather seats with the TV in one corner and a roaring log fire in the other.
The tea tray is on the coffee table from which we sipped out exotic teas. So let’s hear that again – …
Hi, we are going to re-print our follow up booklet. Both booklets would have a little felt love heart placed on the cover in a strategic place. We get the love hearts from the $2 shop. They cost 1 cent each but give the booklet a million dollar lift. Please give your honest opinion.
Here is the old design. Then love heart is placed in the entrance of the tunnel.
Here is the proposed new design. The felt love heart would go at the top of the steps just underneath the …
Hi everyone, I am trying to track down evangelist Tony Anthony but he is proving very hard to find.
If you know or hear where he is speaking, please let me know on 027476 44 30. Thanks a million.
Please click on this link: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11143309
If this link doesn’t work, please go to the NZ Herald on line and search for ‘tony Anthony’. There was an article in the Herald this morning on Tony.
You could also text Lyn Rule on 021 023 64 068 to express your displeasure. She is the lady organising Tony’s …
The Biblical mandate, or job description, of an evangelist is to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-14). That is to say, to motivate and equip those without the gift so that they will evangelise regularly.
When Jesus said “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel” (Mark 16:15) the construction of the Greek text indicates that we are to evangelise “as we go about the normal course of each day.”
This is crucially important.
Most evangelists are stuck on “event” mode.
That is to say, running one off …
Last year I was contacted by a pastor (John) from a great church in Sri Lanka who was surfing the net looking for evangelism web sites. He stumbled across ours.
Their church web site is http://calvarychurchsrilanka.com.
This is a well established, well organised, significant church in Sri Lanka.
He signed up for my blog and over a period of months we communicated by email.
Cut a long story short, we gifted all our resources to him so he could translate them into Tamil, which is the main language in Sri Lanka (by the way, …
This email came today from my good friend Brett Whiteley who lives in Hamilton, New Zealand. It’s a great read.
It was my birthday today so I told the Lord the best present today for me would be to share the gospel with someone.
But I haven’t shared for a while so felt very rusty.
Well, I went to the bus stop and struck up a conversation with the only person there.
I told him that finding God was the most important thing, and that it had changed my life.
He told me he had just come out of prison and though …
One of the Churches I am working with is looking to raise the bar with respect to the number of people doing evangelism each week in their church.
The goal is to have 100% of the people in their church active in evangelism at least once a week.
Right now, they have plateaued, and want to find out what’s causing the problem.
So, the ETL, or evangelism team leader, came up with the idea of surveying the whole church.
It’s a great idea. Why don’t you do it in your church, and let …
This email was sent to me from Lorraine Wilson, a business woman in Auckland. Lorraine tells me that she finds the local sauna one of the best places to do evangelism.
I would like to share with you about a recent evangelism experience.
I was at my favourite place of meditation/restoration ( public sauna ) where one gets to listen in on many conversations about the state of the world and how to solve the problems in a dysfunctional society.
One particular day we were talking about the state of our education system today and …
In conversations between Christians and non-Christians, Christians often make the plea “God wants a relationship with you!”
From most pulpits we hear “It’s all about a relationship with Jesus! It’s not about religion!”
Christian books and magazines are full of this idea.
I think we have lost all understanding of what it actually means to have “a relationship with Jesus.”
In fact, it’s become a throw away, meaningless cliche.
The truth is, everyone on the planet already has some kind of relationship with Jesus, but mostly it’s a very bad relationship.
That is to say, all those …
Recently, a pastor and his elders met do discuss of how evangelism was going in their church.
Over the past two years, they have been gradually implementing the 28 strategies which we as a ministry have developed.
These strategies help churches achieve, and maintain, evangelism momentum.
These strategies are crucial if a church wants to develop a culture of evangelism - if they want to have 100% of their people active in evangelism at least once a week on a regular basis.
Evangelism is defined as “the spread or proclamation of the gospel”.
That is to …
The other day I was making phone calls to people like Telecom and Apple, and I thought I would share with you a very cool way of evangelising.
It’s extremely simple.
(By the way, if you are in American or some other country, the photo on the right shows where we are technologically down here in little ol’ NZ)
At the end of the call, ask “Do you have a pen handy?”
They always say “yes”
Then say “Please write down this web address”
They always comply eagerly.
Then say “Dub dub dub. Bible (B-I-B-L-E) in (I-N) …
Hi everyone, let’s get behind this brilliant initiative!
My name is Shawn Karon, I am the Social Media Manager for Genesis 3D.
I am told you have a high profile ministry and website and would be willing to help promote the movie and the upcoming crowdfunding event which begins on September 19th.
Attached to this e-mail are two promotional images which you are free to use however you see fit to attract people to the film.
Here is also a download link to the trailer in the event you wish to share it with …
This email came from my good friend Alan Woods in Australia.
Alan is a father, husband, businessman and anointed evangelist.
In the following email he tells how he met a pastor (James) in India who refused to let people from other churches transfer to his church.
James has a theory that older believers corrupt new believers, turning their hearts against evangelism.
I met James through his brother Sam.
Sam used to work for an international Hotel in Visagapatnam and was always at the airport meeting guests, introducing himself.
When Sam found out I was in India …
I recently received this email from Invercargill Presbyterian Minister John Cromarty.
I was out going door to door yesterday.
I was getting pretty ordinary responses but then came Angela.
Angela was about 24-25.
She had no religious affiliations but thought her dad was a Christian.
What’s interesting is that she has no idea why she believes in God but she does.
I showed her the gospel as per www.biblein11.com.
At the end she confessed she would go to hell if she died tonight.
Angela absolutely wanted Jesus to give her his perfect record so it was …
An appeal was made earlier this year to raise $25,000 for a waste water system at Oke Bay.
The original estimate for the installation was $25,000. This has risen to $29,000 because of the terrain at the Bay.
As a ministry, we have a vision to build an evangelism training centre at this incredible location.
To view photos of the location, please click here
You can read about the vision here.
So far, $15,000 has been donated or pledged of the $29,000 needed.
Thank you so much for those who have given or pledged to …
I am doing a bit of relief teaching at the moment to pay the bills.
Today I was in a certain teacher’s class.
One of the students came up to me and asked for something which he assured me I would find in one of the teacher’s drawers.
When I opened one of the drawers, I saw a Gideon’s Bible right on top.
It was obvious he had been reading it.
There were many things in that drawer! I even took a photo! (right)
So when I finished with this student’s request, I went back and …