Witness Training – After thoughts

A few after thoughts arising from discussion and musing since I posted the Proposal.

It might come across that this proposal for congregation-wide proactive equiping should supplant inreach (other internal congregational support programs). That is not the intent. The local church continues to requiring tending through the usual activities – worship, youth group, Sunday School, fellowship, and so on. All this is foundational fuel, from which the energy for evangelism outreach can spring.

Admitedly, there is a cost in both financial and time resources to implement this sort of training. But this would be relatively short term in the sense of universal delivery. After that, the resource cost would be minimal and include only review and the occasional rerun for new participants. This would normally, I presume, fall into the Missions Ministry category, but that is just the bean counting. I suspect that in many cases there would be sufficient proponents that the project could be funded separately from the congregational budget.

Next, in the initial thrust, some other church programs would have to give way for a short period, possibly in a sequential, rather than concurrent, fashion. As stated above, the normal feeding and support of the Body is crucial and can not be forgotten or expect to run on automatic. The evangelism activities should not be just added to the existent complement or programs or it would overload the schedule. Actually, I see this as the largest impediment to initial implementation.

No worthwhile initiative, of course, comes without some effort and sacrifice. What has been proposed is simply one possible model if the members of the Body are to walk in obedience and experience the joy of this particular aspect of the Faith.

Good food for congregational discussion.


5 thoughts on “Witness Training – After thoughts

  1. cnaphan

    I’m still not crystal clear regarding the meat of your proposal.

    The way I envision what you’re saying is that a group of interested people, led by a pastor or at least by an experienced member, would meet once a week or so, to do activities that would help people share their faith easily. Such activities might include writing and discussing a brief testimony or statement of belief, going over key verses that highlight why we believe what we do, some role-playing or discussion of scenarios, etc… All this would be geared towards helping people feel prepared and confident to share their faith in low-key, everyday situations. They could even use a book like the one Andrew mentioned as source material to discuss.

    If that’s what’s on your mind, too, it’s not a bad idea.

    But it kinda reminds me of the joke about the book “Self-confidence for Dummies”. It’s hard to learn how to be natural and comfortable. The more you think about it, the harder it gets. Plus, your efforts to perfect your technique may make you come off as plastic, scripted, robotic, etc… So your good intentions might actually undermine your efforts.

    But on the other hand, it’s a bit like the idea of “Toastmasters”. That’s a club that practices public-speaking. The idea is that if you have practice and if you study the art of public-speaking a bit, you can be more natural and comfortable.

  2. kwilson

    [quote post=”131″]If that’s what’s on your mind, too, it’s not a bad idea.[/quote]

    You have the just of it. Actually, with all this in mind I developed a curriculum (Personal Evangelism 101) with Fay, a bit of Bright and some other ideas as the base. I have delivered it a couple of times now. I wondered how it would be received and what the result would be. The results were great, even startling in a number of cases. More deliveries are in the works and likely more anecdotal information and development.

    In terms of the old ‘can you learn it?’ discussions, you can, to a point. The reality is that we are all gifted differently and will not have the same facility it this area. Having said that, however, it is shocking how the Spirit is able to use a little enabling training. The result may not be the same is everyone, but it does make a surprising difference for virtually everyone. I was surprised how much actually, and it is what got this thread started.

  3. cnaphan

    I guess it’s a bit like “First Aid” training. You have a duty to do it. You can’t wait until you’re a doctor to learn how to assess a trauma scene and contact proper authorities. And in the end, even your most basic skills can save a life, especially if you’re quick to contact a higher power (911 in this case).

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