Reality check. Sitting back and waiting for the “fish” to jump in our boat is how many mainline congregations (including this one) envision what it means for us to “fish for people” as Jesus called his disciples to do. The word “evangelism” has such a stigma to it of people shouting on street corners for passersby to be saved, or ringing doorbells and asking the resident if they’ve found Jesus (as if Jesus was lost) that we shudder to consider such a practice. Yet, this is what Jesus commissioned his disciples to do. Go and make disciples. And in using Bob Farr, Doug Anderson, and Kay Kotan’s book “Get Their Name” as a template for our discussions we hope to break down the stereotypes and stumbling blocks we Lutherans have toward evangelism.
Held every Wednesday in Lent from March 4 to April 1 participants are invited to gather for a soup dinner at 6:00 followed by singing and a discussion of that week’s topic from 6:30-7:30. Copies of the participant workbook are available for $10 each and can be purchased through the Church Office after Feb 24. The topics we will discuss on Wednesdays in Lent are as follows:
- March 4 “Why is evangelism challenging for us to consider doing?”
- March 11 “Do You Know Your Own Story”
- March 18 “The Person Behind the Need”
- March 25 “Being an Everyday Christian”
- April 1 “Are You Prepared?”