Top Six - What Type of Evangelist Are You?
From Kelli Mahoney,
Your Guide to Christian Teens.
Every Christian has a certain style when it comes to evangelism. Every Christian has a comfortable tone for discussing their faith with others. Some Christians are more confrontational while others are intellectuals. Still, even others are interpersonal. While there is no "one right way" to evangelize, you should still know your own witnessing style:
1) The Confrontational Evangelist
Do you tend to confront people's fears or objections directly when you evangelize? Do many people tend to tell you that you are blunt when you discuss your faith? If so, then you are more like Peter in that your style is confrontational. Even Jesus was confrontational at times, asking direct questions and expecting direct responses:
Matthew 16:15 - "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" (NIV)
2) The Intellectual Evangelist
Many people have an intellectual viewpoint, often because they are in or attended school and have that "learning" focus. Paul was an apostle that also had that type of view on the world and he used it in his approach to evangelism. He had a way of using logic to evangelize. A good example is in Acts 17:16-31 where he offers logical reasons to believe in the "invisible" God.
Acts 17:31 - "For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead." (NIV)
3) The Testimonial Evangelist
Do you have a great testimony about how you became a Christian or how God helped you through some tough times? If so, then you are more like the blind man in John 9 that told the Pharisees he believed because Jesus healed him. His testimony helped others see that Jesus was the Way.
John 9:30-33 - "The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." (NIV)
4) The Interpersonal Evangelist
Some Christians prefer to witness individually. They like to get to know the people they speak with about their faith, and they tailor their approach to the individual person's needs. Jesus was often interpersonal in both small groups and individually. For instance, in Matthew 15 Jesus speaks to the Canaanite woman then goes and feeds the four thousand.
Matthew 15:28 - "Then Jesus answered, 'Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.' And her daughter was healed from that very hour." (NIV)
5) The Invitational Evangelist
Both the Samaritan woman and Levi were examples of those that invited people to meet Christ. Some Christian take this approach by inviting friends and others to church services or youth group activities, hoping that they will be able to see faith in action.
Luke 5:29 - "Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them." (NIV)
6) The Service Evangelist
While some Christians take a more direct evangelistic approach, others prefer to be examples of Christ through service. Dorcas was a good example of someone who did a lot of good things for the poor and leading by example. Many missionaries often evangelize through service rather than through words alone.
Acts 9:36 - "In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor." (NIV)