After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
We are a people of the kingdom of God who pursue culturally relevant mission in the world. We believe that evangelism is one of the most important priorities for anyone who wants to be part of helping God’s kingdom grow and multiply. Healthy Vineyard churches and leaders can never let up on the gas pedal of evangelism for a few key reasons.
First, we emphasize evangelism because Jesus did. The word “gospel,” simply means good news. Jesus was constantly sharing the good news of the Kingdom of God. As his disciples, we must do the same. Carrying out that mission is an act of obedience and love on our part. He sacrificed everything so that everyone could participate in the good news of the kingdom of God. When we extend ourselves in evangelism, we love him by carrying out the mission he cares so passionately about.
Second, we must always keep evangelism high on our list of priorities, because it is one of the primary ways that healthy churches grow and multiply. When we plant churches, we don’t really want to recruit people who are already engaged in Christian community away from their churches. We want to reach people who haven’t heard or received the gospel yet.
Third, we must keep evangelism front and center in every Vineyard church, plant, and ministry because engaging in culturally relevant evangelism is part of the Vineyard DNA. Engaging with our communities and neighbors with the good news of the gospel of the kingdom is a big part of what makes us Vineyard.
Another reason we focus so hard on evangelism is that we all experience resistance to sharing the gospel—and we experience this for a variety of reasons. For many, the word “evangelism,” has acquired a layer of negative associations that can be difficult to overcome at first. We don’t want to be seen as strident, judgemental, rude, manipulative, or out of touch. This is why we can’t relax our emphasis on evangelism. We have to push back against the resistance to keep it from making us ineffective and silent.
But at it’s heart, evangelism is simple: we are just supposed to be witnesses. The job of a witness is just to talk about what they have seen. So all we need to do, and all we need to teach others to do is sharing the good news we have seen and experienced through Jesus with others. Our goal is to help encourage and equip pastors to be effective witnesses in their communities, and to teach others how to do the same.
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- Coaching: An excellent way to come up with creative ways to do evangelism in your community is with the help of a coach. We think coaching is so great, that we’re actually providing it free to church planters. Find out more here.