Growing a Ministry 2: Evangelism (cont.)

Rick Mattson Evangelism, Leadership 0 Comments

Last week I mentioned a fictional ministry context — a hundred people at my church (or yours) in their 20s and 30s — that we are trying to move forward in evangelism. After convincing Pastor to preach a three-part series on evangelism, we invite everyone to a big training weekend, and 90 folks show up. They watch a video series by a …

Growing a Ministry 1: Evangelism

Rick Mattson Evangelism, Leadership 6 Comments

Let’s say I wish to bring positive change in evangelism to my ministry context. The context in this (fictional) case is comprised of folks in their 20s and 30s at my church, of which there are about a hundred active.   My first impulse is to ask Pastor to preach a series on the topic of evangelism. This will help get the hundred motivated …

Equipping Teens for College, Part 4: Gospel Outline

Rick Mattson Evangelism 0 Comments

In Part 2 I mentioned the importance of freshman possessing a big picture overview of the Bible that they can articulate. Closely related is being equipped with a particular gospel outline.  Whereas the overview is a summary of the Christian worldview as a whole, an outline of the gospel functions as an evangelistic tool to be memorized and shared easily …

Equipping Teens for College: What I wish they brought with them from home

Rick Mattson Bible, Devotion, Evangelism 0 Comments

Recently Sharon and I bought a car.* It got me thinking about the oft-used phrase standard equipment. Here’s the “standard equipment” I wish Christians students possessed when they enter college from their hometowns and churches: 1. A big-picture overview of the Bible, Genesis to Revelation. Important because it keeps students grounded in the story of redemption. In contrast, students tend to arrive …