As a staff, we just finished reading The Celtic Way of Evangelism by George C Hunter III. Here?s a couple quotes that stuck out to me:
“For most people, ?belonging comes before believing.?”
?Recent studies indicate “that most people experience the faith [Christianity] through relationships, that they encounter the gospel through a community of faith, [and] that becoming a Christian involves a process that takes time.”
I really resonate with these thoughts. I?ve experienced them to be true in my own spiritual journey and in what I?ve seen of others. More and more it seems like the more effective way of introducing people to Christ is to introduce them into a loving Christian community where they can learn alongside others and ask questions as they arise. This makes me hopeful for my own evangelistic efforts. I?m not a presentation, decision, prayer kind of evangelist. But inviting people into community, helping them find a place to belong, and helping them learn more about God…I?m all about that!