This is the first of two interviews with Graham Miller from London City Mission. Next week we'll talk about online witness. This week we discuss the work of London City Mission and the evangelistic task facing us all.
Here are just some of the striking things Graham said in the interview...
We can draw a false dichotomy between loving people and sharing Christ. The need is to be 100% Christian...
We have a kind of clericalism in our churches where everyone leaves things up to the paid staff.
We've bought into a friendship evangelism model which means we end up sharing the gospel only with people like us.
The huge need in evangelism is to challenge our idols and get a lot more godly.
We need to set time aside to spend with our neighbours and we need to be ready to share our testimony. Most people could have a go at sharing something about the gospel but we need to be in those relationships. It's only a very short step from a conversation about something important to spiritual matters.
In my time in China, the pastor was a cheerleader for everyone else's evangelism. Over here we employ a youth pastor to look after 8 kids which is a very expensive way of doing ministry. We train up 20 year olds to be able to teach kids Romans and Luke rather than send out all our 20 somethings to kick a ball around with the kids.
If you look in the book of Acts, Stephen rolled up his sleeves and served tables when he was an exceptional evangelist himself. Anyone who gets past Stephen's level can be set aside specially for a preaching and prayer ministry. But if you're not at Stephen's level - and I haven't met any preacher better than Stephen - you should muck in and wait on tables with everyone else.