As a one-time member of the National Evangelism Team for American Baptist Churches of the USA, I’ve done a lot of thinking about the role of personal evangelism in the life of a Christian. I have come to the conclusion the most effective form of evangelism takes place within a relationship. It is witnessing in its most basic form…sharing one’s own story.
For years I felt my own story was somehow inadequate. While I would share bits and pieces of my faith walk from time to time, I never felt my own experience had enough drama to qualify as witnessing.
I’ve been outspokenly critical of what I call Stealth Churches; those congregations who downplay their denominational affiliation almost to the point of seeming ashamed of the association.
While I consider my published fiction books as a sort of witness, I also need to consciously prepare my personal narrative and be unashamed of sharing it when the opportunity arises and the Spirit leads.
My story is my personal piece of the Good News and it is my responsibility to share it in response to the Great Commission.