Cold Call Evangelism
I’m trying to think if there is a scriptural reference to cold call evangelism.
A “Cold Call” is a term used in sales when you go up to someone or call them and offer (try hard to sell) your product. You don’t know them AND they have expressed NO interest in buying your product.
To my knowledge every conversion in the Bible happened 3 ways:
- the convert had a relationship with someone already
- the convert had an interest in conversion or was at least curious and then went to a Christian
- God supernaturally intervenes (Saul to Paul conversion)
I’m trying to remember a time when Jesus or other follower went up to someone who they did not know and one that expressed no interest and that person was converted. Jesus dealt primarily with Jews who already had a knowledge and interest in Jehovah. The apostles in Acts dealt with Jews and Gentiles, however, I don’t recall cold calls.
I understand that we should all be led of God and allow Him to order our steps each day. If we come across someone during our daily activity that seems ready for the gospel then we should be equipped and ready to lead them to Jesus (whether he or she is a stranger or not).
However, I have a problem with pressuring believers into systematically going up to strangers with tracks and asking them if they are saved (or other invasive question). I know that ‘Way of the Master’ has a method of questioning people and logically cornering them. After watching their ‘on-the-street’ interviews, I see about half of the people as ‘backsliders’ and they are convicted by the questions. I see the remainders as mostly agnostics or atheists that don’t care. Maybe I have not watched it enough. However, even if most listen and agree with the discussion, how effective is the talk? I don’t see repentance as a one time prayer or even a prayer at all. Repentance is our lifestyle turning. Prayer is involved in that process and repentance can not happen without prayer, but it is simply not only the prayer. There must be some follow through. In order for conversion to happen the life must change.
It is quite possible that cold calls are necessary for some seeds to be sown. On the other hand, how many people are turned off by a religion that only wants to debate on a street corner. If you don’t understand that, then why do you cringe when you see Jehovah Witnesses coming to your door…
The burden for the lost is one that we all must carry. But, how do we carry that weight and allow ourselves to be used of God through the gifts He has given us?
Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
As Christians, we will have a burden. We can not escape that or deny that. There will always be something that God allows to pull us or turn us to Him. That burden is directly tied to the commission of Matthew 28. We have a burden for souls to be saved and that burden must be fulfilled through the gifts and talents God has given us. That will be lived out differently in each person because we are all so unique.
Let me finish by saying that I respect folks like Kirk that can start up conversations with people they don’t know AND talk about topics that are deeply personal and eternal. I simply want to equip everyone with the tools to be effective within the gift parameters that God has given them. No matter what gifts we have, I believe will ask us to go beyond our comfort zone.
San Marcos Police officers are not given quotas for tickets. However, they are given a goal of connect points per day. Their chief asks that they connect with 5-7 people in the community every day. Those connections don’t have to be tickets or warnings. They can be. But, they could also be helping someone across the street or talking to someone in a restaurant.
I believe that some of us reclusive type people need to set some sort of connection goals with people in the community. This will get us out of the safety of our “lonerness” and get us out into the field of harvest. We will be more cognizant of souls and be ready to reap when the time comes.
Posted on January 27, 2011, in Church Business, Daily Word and tagged buda, church, cold call evangelism, evangelism tactics, kirk cameron, kyle, promiseland, ray comfort, robin steele, san marcos, texas, way of the master. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.