How to work well with stranger evangelists

  • RSVP if possible (no biggie).
  • Bring a water bottle, a Bible, and a pen.
  • Warmly greet the brothers and ask for names 10x. We need reminders too.
  • We assume you have a healthy relationship with your local church. We can’t love and serve you in the same intimate way believers from your local church can.
  • Don’t bring deceptive tracts. We are overt, not stealthy.
  • Feel free to shadow an existing conversation.
  • Please avoid a believer/unbeliever ratio that makes the unbeliever feel uncomfortable.
  • Feel free to pick unbelievers off of group discussions that are on the edges.
  • Please don’t audibly insert yourself into an existing conversation unless explicitly invited.
  • If you hear our dialog partner say 10 things worth refuting, but don’t hear us react, it’s probably because we’re being patient and gentle, trying to go down a path and stay focused.
  • We can be cheerful and even goofy with strangers. We’re trying to be friendly.
  • If a crowd forms, we may preach.
  • If you feel like preaching, do it! But please be considerate of existing conversations around you.
  • If you preach, speak slowly, inflect your voice, and stick close to Scripture.
  • 95% of what we do is simple one-on-one or small group interactions. It’s boring by worldly standards.
  • We often guage body language in deciding whether to continue to engage beyond handing out tracts.
  • We are nervous too, managing our own fears. Hoping to ride a wave of occasional bravery.
  • If someone says something ugly or rude, we feel you. You are a human being made in the image of God. You were meant to be treated with respect and kindness.
  • Retorting or reacting isn’t typically a wise way to deal with angry or foolish passerbys. Let them go. We want peace
  • Work hard. Get rejected a lot. God almost always provides a good conversation.
  • Being a mere friendly presence helps us.
  • If a young child wants to take a tract, defer to their parent. Get their permission.
  • Old people get extra gentleness.
  • You’re among Christian weirdos. If you have a different idea on how to start conversations, go for it!
  • We love having a diversity of men, women, old, and young among us. Spanish speakers too!
  • Evangelists are easy to please. If God gives us one good conversation, we are satisfied.
  • If you only come to pray and be with Christians, that is 💯% ok. It adds to our joy and encouragement.
  • If you mess up, we love you. We love newbies. We trust God’s providence. God loves working through you. Your fresh bravery encourages us.
  • We love fellowshipping in-between interactions! Abrupt interruptions are normal though. Expect them. We may jet off mid-sentence to hand a tract to a passerby.
  • We like praying before and after as a group.
  • We like talking doctrine and theology.
  • We love warmly greeting brothers in Christ we meet from around the world.
  • We love making friends in the context of evangelism.