Many conversations about evangelism begin and end with unfortunately true stories, stinging encounters with the silly, the inept, or the unethical. Perhaps you have a few tales you could tell. Or scars you could show. The people inside our churches — and outside our churches — probably do too. But should the story end there?
We believe that the unfortunately true stories should be heard and studied and learned from, but that they should not be allowed to have the last word. We believe that the good news is far better than the bad stories. Why should an unsavory encounter with a pushy preacher cause a resurrection faith to roll over and play dead? If the gospel is more powerful than sin and death, more powerful than hate and war, then the gospel is also more powerful than the evangelistic disasters created by those who lay claim to it. Why should we surrender our hearts to a bad experience? Instead we should ask, in faith and hope and love, “What is the more excellent way?”
For us, the more excellent way involves relationships.