The State of… Evangelism (According to the Evangelists)


Everybody’s Talking ‘Bout A Revolution

Sometimes a strong word can be overused and thus neutered.  As an American, I am especially aware of this tendency in U.S. culture.  If everything is ‘awesome’ pretty soon nothing is awesome.

A friend of mine wrote a book with the word ‘Revolution’ in it a few years ago.  Many of his friends encouraged him not to use that word for the very reason here – it was an overstatement of the points he attempted to make.  Ultimately, his friends were correct.  The word was weakened.  Once again, a voice in the U.S. Church world printed a rallying cry and nothing happened.

IDEA: Let’s call a moratorium upon overstatements

– before we need to find a new language other than English that we have worn out…

Turns out the Beatles were onto something after all…

A gathering/summit was held the past few days in Orlando of what organizers consider the thirty most influential voices in the world of evangelism today.  (Somehow I was accidentally invited.)

There were the people you would expect to be at such an event – from all over the planet – Africa, South America, Europe, Asia, and even the U.S.

There were some press people present but no pictures were allowed.

The event was moving, stimulating yet a wake-up call at the same time – a wake up regarding just how out of touch and ineffective the Church at large is honestly, right now.

All in all – there was a lot of calls to stop the ‘hodabadah’ (read past postings if you don’t understand that term)

– to move on

– and let the Spirit have his way with the inviting of the gaggle of people he is massively head over heels in love with…

Let’s drop the ‘This study reveals that…’ stuff that has paralyzed so many

– observe the obvious (did Will Rogers say that originally?)

– and let the holy party commence (‘Party’ is spelled R-E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N)

Continue to Part 2.

Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.