A good friend posted this comment below in reponse to another entry, but I thought it was worth bringing up here for everyone’s attention…
I work at church right now that is pushes us all alot on evangelism. Which is probably a good thing in some ways. I often have to report to someone about it or in weekly prayer times I feel pressured to have some breakthrough to share about someone I’ve talked to.
The problem is I haven’t had any real deep spiritual converstations lately. I take a secular acting/drama class in Chicago and everyone knows I’m a Christian. We hang out after class and I am getting to know quite a few of them. But I don’t push the evangelism card…it doesn’t feel right. Plus my church is 1 1/2 hrs from the city, so its odd to invite any of them to anything.
But they are always saying that I need to invite more people to events and stuff…and evangelize more. Even though some events feel like they are for people twice my age.
In addition I have a trusted friend that says just being a Christian and everyone knowing it and watching me is a form of evangelism – and sometimes a good one. If I push it on people (like my church seems to want)…it just seems like it will push people away…I don’t know.
As it is this is my only real contact with anyone who is not a Christian…and I already am working way too many hours…so there’s not a lot of opportunity for new avenues of contact.
The church I work for is very similar to Willow Creek and are evangelism is kinda “consumery.”