Garry Poole: Why Evangelism Training Should Be Important to You

“One of the reasons non Christians don’t like evangelism so much is they feel devalued in the process. And one of the ways to help a person feel valued is when they feel heard and understood.”

“We like to say that our strategy is ‘other-centric’ or ‘other-focused.’”

“This is not to say that you can’t do evangelism with someone that you just met…but this particular strategy is designed to help people develop genuine friendships with non Christians so that they can earn the right to have these kinds of spiritual conversations on an ongoing basis.”

“[This evangelism strategy] is actually a model for discipleship.”

“Only God can save someone. We can’t save anyone. But we are invited to be facilitators of the process.”

“One thing to understand about our approach is that it’s cyclical, not linear.”

“There are so many questions you can ask to get to know someone’s spiritual story without putting them on the spot…We’ve found non Christians love to tell their story, and they love talking about their spiritual experience. They just don’t like doing that with Christians because many Christians are too busy telling their story and not listening to them.”

“I really do believe in the power of listening in evangelism.”

“People are hungry and looking for [an evangelism] process that they can actually do.”

“We are finding that this approach is actually freeing up the average Christian so that everyone, no matter what their age or no matter where they’re at in life or what they think they’re spiritual gift is, can engage in this process.”

Mentioned in the Show

Garry’s Contact Info: [email protected]
OneLife Advisors
The Complete Book of Questions
Seeker Small Groups

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Jason Daye
As Director of Ministry Development for Outreach, Inc., Jason dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. Jason lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his beautiful wife and six children, where he enjoys hiking with his family, fighting rainbow trout, summiting 14ers and swapping stories with good friends. Connect with him on Twitter @jasondaye