How can I use Public Events?
I Live in a Small Town.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Small town, small numbers, small ...
We know what an small, isolated place can be and witnessing can be
very difficult, since everyone in town, knows everyone else.
A way to
change the tide
We go to fairs and festivals, set up a booth and witness to the
public by seating them in an open booth. Sounds like it would not be
a good idea for small towns.
We have booths at events in these places.
Some have operated soul winning booths without our never being there
with hands-on coaching.
out of town, but not for good
When confronted with a situation like yours, I tell pastors to go to
neighboring towns (hour or two away) to soul win at their events.
His people are not likely to know anyone and vice versa, so everyone
will feel a little more at ease. We know this is true. We have
proved it many, many times in diverse places.
Hear is how a church will profit from the
* The Gospel is spread by the members
* Members gain much needed experience in soul winning
* Members gain much confidence from the experience
* It stirs much excitement in the church when they see others
getting saved, no matter whose town it is in
* God is pleased by the huge step of faith
* The other cities need to hear the Word
* God may open opportunities to start churches. Every state in
the nation has small towns without a good witness
* The list can go on for a good while ....
The problem is no prior experience
This actually not a problem at all. Here is how we can help. Our
help is free, no cost, no money involved. Did I mention we do not
The largest step to be taken is member
preparation. There will be resistance. Most of the encouragement
will be, something like, "Brother, I can't be there, but I am
praying for you."
This is still not a large hurdle.
We can send, at no cost, info on how to train 1 or 2 people (1 will
be the pastor and possibly another person) in how to seat prospects.
This sounds difficult, but it is the easiest part.
They are simple and logical, but you will have to learn how to speak
up to people as they pass by. It just takes a little grit then it
comes easy. I tell pastors to start with teenagers, then work up.
Witnessing to willing hearts
As prospects are seated for a witness, members will relate the
Gospel. Volunteers to witness will be easier than one might
think. Once they understand, they will only be witnessing to
people who have ASKED TO SEE how to be saved, members can see
themselves taking part. Members will not have to coerce anyone
to listen, they will simply sit and wait for the
Shift Leader, up
front, to send them someone to talk to.
If they do not know how to witness, we can furnish a
Pamphlet which they can read to the prospect. Some are a little
leery of reading a witness to prospects, but if the prospect picked
up a tract they would read it to themselves. The
takes them from salvation verses to a prayer, to a warning about
insincere prayer, to assurance, to getting contact info for
follow-up. Members read and point to the words.
know of your interests
If you have an interest in seeing the lost hear the Gospel and some
being saved, write and I can set up a time to call and discuss it
over the phone, explain how it works, how you get your people
involved and how they can begin to grow in soul winning.
Once members learn how to witness, they will want to talk to their
friends, relatives, nieghbors, workmates, schoolmates, etc. THIS
WILL BUILD A CHURCH.
If we do not talk, nothing will get done.
That bouncing noise you are hearing is the ball
landing in your court.
G. Steven Andres
Copyright - 1996 to 2010