a Problematic Issue
in Every Church
Friday, April 04, 2014
There is Help!!!
Table of Contents
The Church Building Cycle
2. Problems in the Cycle
3. We can Help!!!
4. But, how are the
5. Huge Advantages
6. Biggest Problem
1. Church organizes or begins a new Growth Campaign.
2. Pastor wins the first few members and a few more transfer into
3. New members trained in the use of the Bible for Soul Winning.
Transfers are usually not much help in Soul Winning.
4. Members begin to use the training (mostly door to door to build
confidence and boldness). Very few of these people (strangers to
the soul winners) actually come to church and get involved.
5. Confident members begin to witness to their Friends, Relatives, Neighbors,
Workmates, Schoolmates, etc. These are the prime sources for new
6. New members are trained in the use of the Bible for Soul Winning.
Issues in Soul Winning training begin, not in the
instruction in the use of the Bible, but with the handling of the
prospect's objections. Actually training members as to how to get
the prospect in front of an open Bible, takes up a majority of the
sessions. This training is often perceived to be ineffective by the
trainees, because the answers to objections seem narrow and
inappropriate and hardly ever relevant when actually witnessing.
Fear is the real obstacle. And especially fear in
talking to Friends, Relatives, Neighbors, Workmates, Schoolmates,
etc. The very ones who are the best prospects.
* How do I answer their questions and actually
I just want to tell them about Jesus. I do not know how to placate
Why is this so difficult? It was not this way with me.
Where are the people who just want to hear how they can be
It seems I have to be a professional the very first time out.
After just a few sessions in "Bible use", very few
members complain about the difficulty of using the Bible. A marked
Bible or a good tract can help overcome this obstacle, too. This is
not the real problem.
The problem is fear.
* Fear to speak up.
* Fear in
* Fear in uncertainty.
* Fear in getting good
prospects in front of an open Bible.
* Soul Winning *
Witnessing * Evangelism
All fears are eventually eased with
When working at a public event, many people are open to new input.
They came in the first place to see something new or look for
entertainment or seek out something new to eat. The by-words are:
new, look, seek. This indicates open hearts, as opposed to being
defensive, like at their door-step. Prospects are on our "turf" at a
public event, not theirs.
3 Door Board utilized with our 3 Question Method enables a
single, bold, confident person to engage people passing by and find
those open hearts.
The prospect is seated in front of an inexperienced Soul
Winner who presents the Gospel. The Soul Winner can do this from a
marked Bible or tract, etc. Most witnessing fears are eliminated because as the
prospect is seated, he or she is really saying, "Show me."
* There are no questions to answer.
There are no objections to meet.
There is no warm-up time.
The prospect is sitting because they have said, "Yes, I would like
to see what it takes to be Born Again." All that is left is to show
it to them.
After a Soul Winner shows people over and over, how
they become ...
They learn how to read
people, as to what they can "get away with" during
pre-witness. Learning these
parameters is the best education for Soul Winners.
* "How far can I go?"
"What can I say and not upset people?"
"How sensitive are people?"
"Will they let me ask them to pray to be
They must only memorize 3 questions. They must also
be out going, determined to win the lost and exhibit some character
traits. Many learn how to do the work up-front in 10 to 15 minutes,
if there is a good crowd.
We have even taught this to people who only speak
Spanish and at the same time, we do not speak a word. It is that
The sole problem is when trainees "think" they know
what to do and begin in the wrong directions. This is why it must
be seen in person, so the trainer can quickly correct potentially bad
habits and misconceptions and encourage an open and outward
in Soul Winning
at Public Events
1. The pastor can actually work with his
people and see where they are lacking in Soul Winning to key-in for
training, preaching, lessons, etc.
2. One Saturday every other month (good timing for a small
work) is an excellent way to reach all the different types of people
in your vineyard, those around you and even a few across your state.
Lack of public events
and therefore lack of Soul Winning opportunities.
Learning the method is quick and simple. The biggest problem is
that small towns usually have only one usable event per year. This can
be overcome by going to neighboring towns up to an hour or so away.
This is actually helpful.
Members are more apt to work in a place where no one is going to
recognize them. Plus, many neighboring cities may not have a good Gospel
Witness. Other places have churches, which may be attempting to get off the
ground. What is wrong with winning people whom you know will never
come to your church?
Ask some Questions.
What would it hurt?
Thank you for your time.
G. Steven Andres
Copyright - 1996 to 2010