It’s no secret that many evangelicals struggle with doing evangelism. In fact, many will never share their faith with anybody. Here are some practical resources that may help you and your church re-invest in this task:
- The Soul Winner by Charles Spurgeon. This compilation of some of Spurgeon’s lectures and addresses is one of my favorite books on personal evangelism. The language may be a bit archaic, but it’s still funny, convicting, and inspiring – all at the same time.
- The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman. This book is probably more about discipleship than it is evangelism, but it’s a classic. Its author has illustrated its principles by his own life.
- Evangelism Handbook by Alvin Reid. It’s hard to find another single volume that functions as much like an evangelism “toolbox” while still building its case on the Bible and history.
- The Complete Evangelism Guidebook by Scott Dawson, ed. This work is another toolbox resource, including dozens of short chapters on how to evangelize particular groups of people (e.g., medical workers, agnostics, etc.).
- The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever. This concise work tackles the what, who, why, and how of evangelism.
- Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg. The evangelism formula of “High Potency + Close Proximity + Clear Communication = Maximum Impact” makes this book worth reading.
- Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman. A good tool to help believers do evangelism by responding to questions with questions, combining theology, methodology, and apologetics – and ultimately pointing to Jesus.
- Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren. For people who are afraid to do evangelism, perhaps this approach to “servant evangelism” will at least turn their focus outward and get them connected with others.
- Mobilizing a Great Commission Church for Harvest by Tom Johnston, editor. This book is a compilation of ideas and strategies from evangelism professors in Southern Baptist seminaries.
- Tell the Truth by Will Metzger. Without ignoring the importance of theology, this book is filled with suggestions and practices for doing evangelism. You don’t have to agree with all of it to benefit from it.
I know this list could be much longer. What other practical books do you recommend?