I'm struggling with how to encourage/train/equip my congregation for evangelism. Without going into a lot of detail, I am following a pastor who was there from the Nixon 1st term through the end of W's 2nd term. They are largely older and complacent, and I'm not quite sure how to handle evangelism. In my belief, it is an integral part of discipleship - if we are disciples, we will do what Jesus did, and what he instructed his disciples to do - and I'm not sure if it should be a separate emphasis like a SS class, or integrated, or both.
If you are making an evangelism emphasis in your church, will you please share what you are doing? We have the special days - Friend day shot us up to 91 in attendance over an average of 67, but sustaining that and moving evangelism to a front-burner issue from a back-burner or completely off of the stove issue is what I am looking for.
In the past I have used the Contagious Christian materials from Willow Creek. I like those materials for their ease of use for the average lay person. Are there better materials out there? I am open to suggestions if you know of some.
Thanks for your help.