How We Do Evangelization

I’ve been doing open air evangelization since my first attempt when I was the same age as most of the students we talk to.

I can’t tell you how many people have told me that they could never do it, but the fact is, it’s not rocket science. If you have a good handle on your faith and don’t mind an occasional heckler getting “up in your grill”, you’ll do fine.

There’s a short list of  key items that I try to nail down before I get up to talk. Here they are (in no particular order):

  1. God has a plan.
    In other words, if you’re not at peace with whatever the outcome, you have some more praying to do. Blessed Theresa of Calcutta said, “God has not called me to be successful, but to be faithful.” Work at being faithful to God and trust in His providence.
  2. Start you talk saying something they’ll embrace.
    Pilate said nothing more true than when he said “Ecce Homo” that is “Behold The Man”. Jesus is the fulfillment of humanity and God call us all to, as Matthew Kelly says, “the best version of ourselves.”
  3. Followup quickly with something they’ll reject.
    If everyone likes it, you’re not an evangelist, you’re a politician. Sexual morality usually works.
  4. Preserve the dignity of every person.
    Take the role of the guardian of those made in the image and likeness of God. Even the heckler. You are representing the person that gave his life for the sinner. Let God put his love for sinners in your heart.
  5. Be real.
    You’re not Jesus. Let people know that you’re doing your best – with what you got.
  6. Answer the question, not the questioner.
    The best way to preserve the dignity of a antagonistic jerk is to direct your response to those who need to have the difficulty that your antagonist is highlighting dispelled before they can entrust themselves to God and the Church. Remember point #1.
  7. Pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends on you.” –  Saint Augustine

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