Introduction To Servant Evangelism

| January 10, 2012 | 6 Comments

Steve Sjogren shares briefly about servant evangelism and what you can expect to discover while browsing ServantEvangelism.com

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Steve Sjogren is a veteran Evangelist-Church Planter and is considered the "father of servant evangelism." He and his wife Janie have been involved directly in planting 5 churches in Los Angeles, Oslo, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Tampa Bay. Out of those churches they have coached several dozen more outwardly focused churches into existence. Their consistent message has been connected with the message of Romans 2:4, that “the kindness of God leads to repentance.” They have found that as we serve not-yet Believers in simple but profound ways, along with verbalizing the Gospel message, in time they desire to repent and follow Jesus. They have seen many thousands go through the process of repentance and salvation. They currently lead a Free Methodist congregation in Newberg, Oregon.

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  1. Bob Burns says:

    Pastor,

    Interesting site and I appreciate what you are doing here. My only concern is the problems that arise when we equate “outreach” and promotion of church activities with actual “evangelism”. If I do not share the facts and truth of the Gospel when I am speaking with someone then I cannot say I was engaged in evangelism, for that is the essence of the term. Everything else may well lead to an opportunity to evangelize, or help create a forum or venue for it. But far too many Christians avoid to command of Christ to preach to Good News to all men by fooling themselves that good works and outreach will suffice.

    Sincerely,

    Bob Burns
    Windsor, CA

    • Jose says:

      I agree wholeheartly with Pastor Bob. I have this concern with my current church and I see this scenario play out amongs the body connecting evangelism w/ acts of good which there is no law against. We should do acts of love, but let’s clearly differentiate the difference between preaching and sharing the Gospel vs. doing a good deed. The Gospel must take priority. Yes, they can work in unisen, but the Gospel must take Priority.

  2. Mike says:

    I sure appreciate the value of serving. While I do believe that there is a gap bridged when serving the people you want to reach I think it is an unexperienced person who think it is an easy way out of evangelism. It is quite the opposite. I have passed out candy to each residence in order familiarize myself with the community as well them with me. I think of it as tilling the soil or breaking up fallow ground. In areas of the world that are negative toward the good news of Jesus servant evangelism is an incredible inroad. I view the acts of kindness as marketing and public relations. It can turn people to church and even to Christ but I experienced a slow process. It takes many hours of work and lots of repetition for it to prove fruitful. after over a year of practice and a variety of acts I was just beginning to see the fruit (gallons of coffee, thousands of pieces of candy, gobs of water). It starts the conversation, that begins the relationship, that opens the pathway for the gospel. Having experienced over 7 years of confrontational evangelism and many prayers prayed but no lasting fruit I am certain the relational element is pivotal. Serving can create that very pathway.

  3. Jamie Prip says:

    Hey Steve,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It’s true that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. Your model of connecting with people through practical ways is a great way to open up conversations with people about God and His love for humanity.

    Blessings!

  4. francis kalamba says:

    May God bless you richly as you are exposing one of the wonderful way of impacting the community with the love of God; We have just celebrating twenty years of the church’s existance and God has spoken that it is time for his church to go and impact the community so as a leader of the evangelism team, we were praying for God to help us on how to touch the community…we praise God for your inspiring work.

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