Monday, May 17, 2004

Some thinking about evangelism...

I've been doing some thinking about evangelism recently - this popped up in my reading recently.....


"In the emerging culture, the more you have been indoctrinated in modern evangelism training, the more adroit you are at memorising the lead-ins and lines and arguments and closings, the less effective you will be in helping the people God loves and misses to come home to him. Why?

Because they don't want a sales pitch, and they don't want their conversations to be steered, and they don't want to be preached to or "closed" or "handled." Postmoderns don't believe in hype and won't believe the hype. Fed up with commercials, they hunger for real communication".
(A is for Abductive Sweet, McClaren.

I find myself in our context agreeing more than disagreeing.

2 comments:

Gordon said...

I thought I'd give the blogger comments a whirl...

Anonymous said...

Yes, you are right, people just want to be loved genuinely and they see straight through you...

I have a degree in Social Work and am now a SA Officer however, I very rarely draw on my Social Work skills but rather administer love to people, it works far better than the professional routine.

I think sometimes as a movement we are trying to hard to professionalise things and we are loosing the plot in the meantime.

In our context I have seen angry men reduce to kittens just by being shown kindness and love (genuine that is) when all else has failed.

Anyway enough of this. It is my soap box issue.

God Bless

Glenda M