Introduction To Servant Evangelism

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

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Steve Sjogren

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.

12 thoughts on “Introduction To Servant Evangelism”

  1. 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.


    Bob Burns
    Windsor, CA

    1. 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. I believe when we participate in a Servant Evangelism outreach we ARE promoting the Gospel when we include the statement – “We are showing you God’s love in a tangible way.” To your point – Instead of “always having to have a better way” why can’t you, instead, simply say, “well done!” Everyone has a role in promoting the Gospel and just because it doesn’t include YOUR definition doesn’t make it wrong. Take the Good Samaritan for example…never once did he mention the Gospel. Take Jesus own words – “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” Come on, it’s folks like you that make folks who are immature in the things of God NOT want to participate. I think you should take a look at your own convictions.

  2. 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.

      1. An awesome reply Tony, to often we do over think the what ifs. I know if I see person every day handing out water, or what ever the item is to help someone without asking for anything in return. I would want to know why are you doing this? May not ask the first time but eventually they will. There is the opportunity to tell them the reason why and not miss the spiritual opportunity to bring this person to Christ.

      2. Right on Tony. The KISS (Keep it simple stupid) program has always worked best for me. With acts of kindness most people ask the questions that open up avenues of conversation. The worlds best salesmen are usually the best listeners.

  3. 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.


  4. I’m trying to download “The 10 Best Servant Evangelism ourtreach projects for getting started”. Adobe says it was not encrypted right when I transfered it from my phone to my PC and now I can’t find it on your website.
    Please help – it sounds SO wonderful!
    LuAnn Detloff
    [email protected] or [email protected]
    Thanks so much!

  5. 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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