Discipleship | Evangelism
“Evangelism” comes from the Greek word “evangelia.”
“ev” means well.
“angelia” means tidings.
Evangelism means “good news” or “good tidings.”
The word evangelism has ‘angel’ in the middle of it. In the Bible, angels were God’s messengers. Angels don’t have to stand on street corners. They can be quiet …
…greeting a visitor in church,
…saying ‘good morning’ to someone on the street,
…holding the hand of a friend,
…writing a note to someone who’s struggling …
Will you be an angel today?
Spreading the Good News
Evangelism is, simply, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. The Great Commission in Matthew’s Gospel (28:19-20) commands us to go into the world with this good news:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
At Grace and Holy Trinity, you can help us share the good news in three ways:
your neighbors and co-workers to join us for worship or at other parish events. At least half of our Sunday visitors are here because someone invited them and brought them to church. Some of our best evangelists are children and youth, so please encourage your family to invite friends to church.
Many people are more open to a first-time visit to a church event rather than a worship service. It can feel less intimidating. Invite friends and colleagues to a parish dinner or breakfast, the ping-pong tournament or other event.
all those visiting with us. At all events, and especially Sunday worship, please speak to those you don’t know, invite them to join you at breakfast, and introduce them to others. And wear your name tag! It’s a sign of welcome and removes the burden of remembering names for new members and visitors.
newcomers and guests into our activities and worship. Ask visitors and new members to attend a Sunday class with you or sit with you at worship. You can also tell them about your church activities and what that involvement means to you.
Be involved in our Evangelism Ministries
- Sunday Greeters welcome people to our worship services, help them find them way around the building, and introduce them to others. Greeters usually serve one Sunday every two months.
- Deliver a “thank you for visiting us” bag. These are hand-delivered to our visitors the week after they have visited.
- Visit new members and visitors. This can be as simple as meeting someone for coffee (and taking them a GHTC coffee mug), inviting them to dinner or visiting them in their home.
- Help with communications. Pitch in to help maintain our social media sites and design our publications.
Barb Dodd, Associate for Generosity, Discipleship and Communications, will be glad to help connect you with a ministry that would be fulfilling for you. Any staff member also would be pleased to help point you in the right direction.