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First Contact Evangelism Seminar

Some notes on "First Contact Evangelism" from a seminar I recently ran (audio here).  Some call it "Cold contact evangelism", but it doesn't have to be cold.  Some call it "Stranger evangelism", but it's not a great name.  Here's some thoughts on the motivations for open air and door-to-door evangelism...


John 4 - First contact evangelism Master-class

See the heart of the Lord for a woman who is wrong race/religion/gender/lifestyle

See the thirst-quenching waters of the Spirit given so profligately

See the nature of the Father - seeking such worshippers

See the satisfaction of doing such evangelism - it's food for Jesus!

See the fields as ripe for harvest


Potential problems with Open Air evangelism

It can be...








Why do it then?

Big reason - God has placed you in your locality for an evangelistic purpose:

Acts 17:26-27 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.

God has not simply called you to particular ministries but to a particular geographical location.

Nothing reaches your locality like door-to-door or open air.  It mirrors the profligacy of the Gospel.


Because the Gospel is....

Apocalyptic / Revelatory - not a process!

A message - not a life-style!

A summons - not a world view!

For all - not just people like us!


Because we...

are witnesses (Acts 1:8; 1 Pet 2:9-12)

are intentionally placed in the world (Acts 17:26f)

have authority (Matt 28:18-20; 2 Cor 5:18-20)

appreciate the Gospel by sharing it  (Philemon 6)


The result?

When you sow on all the soils, you get all the responses.

You will be shocked by how hard some people are and by how responsive others can be.

There's more in the seminar audio.

I've also written on open air type stuff here.


9 thoughts on “First Contact Evangelism Seminar

  1. Glen

    Hi Arron, welcome to the blog. I've just checked out "Dewsbury open air" - exciting stuff. I'll subscribe and try to keep you in my prayers.

    Glory to Jesus!

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