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  1. 1. McKean 1Courtney McKeanMrs. LesterAdv. Comp.28 September 2011 Strategies of Evangelism How have Billy Graham, C.S. Lewis, and Chris Tomlin used evangelism to spread theGospel around the world? How did evangelism begin with just the spoken word and grow intomulti-media shows? Many people such as authors, singers, actors, and artists have broughtevangelism to a whole new level. The world is filled with different strategies for expressingevangelism from books all the way to television broadcasts across the world. The list goes onand on. Evangelism started with just one man in the city of Nazareth making the blind see andthe lame walk. How did evangelism go from Jesus standing up on a hill speaking words ofwisdom to common believers taking overseas mission trips and driving down the road hearingthe story of Jesus Christ through music? How did we get to this point? How have the strategiesof evangelism changed over the course of time in not only the United States but the entire world? The issue of creating new strategies for evangelism begins with what evangelism is andwhere it came from. Furthermore, “evangelism is the promulgation of the Christian religionamong those who are not Christians” (Hamilton). Evangelism is something Christians do toinform non-Christians about Jesus. One thing God wants Christians to do is to tell people aboutJesus‟ story and encourage them to let Him into their heart, so they can go to Heaven when theydie. Also, “Billy Graham was the most successful and influential evangelist and EvangelicalChristian leader of the twentieth century.” Billy Graham founded Evangelism and beganEvangelistic meetings around his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. The movement quickly
  2. 2. McKean 2spread to other cities, and now it‟s all around the world. Lastly, “Billy Graham foundedChristianity Today, which became known as America‟s most widely read serious religiousjournal” (Martin). Graham took advantage of what resources he had in his day and used thoseresources to spread evangelism to other places. Graham used this magazine to tell people aboutevangelism, the purpose of evangelism, and different ways of doing evangelism. However,modern day evangelists continue to have an impact on people. Developing new strategies for evangelism continues to have an impact on megachurchesand their people. With that statement being said, “in general, the typical megachurch is a largeor growing congregation that stresses outreach and growth” (Hoover). The megachurch focuseson promoting outreach or other service projects to people in need of support. One of the goalsthat the megachurch has is showing God‟s love to non-believers and giving them some hope.Secondly, “through Kenneth Hagin‟s books and tapes, he helped expand the audience for theseteachings” (Harrison). Kenneth Hagin‟s uses books and other media to show how media andreligion work together. Times have changed a lot over the years for the better; there are nownew ways of promoting evangelism. Finally, “the religious „market‟ for commercializedreligious films, magazines, and books is now a multi-million-dollar industry worldwide”(Hoover). Since media started to play a role in religion, a great deal of information has come outin books and magazines telling people about Jesus. This breakthrough has led to many morepeople finding out about the story of Jesus Christ and leading them to accept Him into theirheart. Nevertheless, how will evangelists reach even more people in the 21st century? Strategies used to increase the number of people who hear the Gospel will continue togrow in the 21st century. First, “ways of expressing evangelism include preaching, Sundayschools, catechism classes, music, drama, publishing, radio, and television broadcasts”. One
  3. 3. McKean 3way of continuing evangelism is to have resources like these to get the word out. There aremany different ways of doing evangelism, and these are just a few. Also, “most evangelicalorganizations focus on evangelism, social services, overseas relief and development, foreignmissions, education, and media communication” (Hamilton). Evangelism has spread from thetime when Jesus healed people in Nazareth to today in the entire world. Since the beginning,people have been coming up with new ways of performing evangelism overseas and in their ownarea. Lastly, “scholars of religion and media are describing this interaction in its reception andthe experiences of individuals and groups as they encounter media culture and work to inhabitreligious lives in relation to it” (Hoover). Media has become a big part in the world of religionand evangelism. Without media, it would be very difficult to spread evangelism across the worldto countries such as Togo, Ecuador, Haiti, and India like we are able to do now. By using mediaand other resources, evangelists are continuing to develop new strategies of sharing evangelism. The outlook for new strategies for evangelism is very positive. To begin, there is a verylong and bright future ahead for evangelism. Since there are so many ways people around theworld do evangelism, it will continue for a very long time. Upcoming evangelists will continueto create new ways of expressing evangelism, and those techniques will last until the end of time.Some might even attempt to improve on strategies and techniques used for evangelism in thefuture. There is always room for improvement on techniques in the religion world (Hamilton).Evangelists will continue to use resources in media to spread evangelism to non-Christians.Authors such as C. S. Lewis, Francis Chan, and Max Lucado live to write books that encourageand introduce people to God. Following that, singers like Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, andMercyme have pursued a career in music devoted to lifting people up by using God‟s Word.There are never-ending ways of using media these days to promote various topics (Hoover). As
  4. 4. McKean 4long as there are resources available, evangelists will continue to use them to inform non-Christians about Jesus Christ. Evangelism is not anywhere near the end of its run; it has justbegun and has much to look forward to in the future. By analyzing the research on this topic, one can conclude that evangelism is a goodcareer to pursue. Knowing that God‟s work never ends should tell one that evangelism is nevergoing to end. Evangelism is not going to fade out in a couple of years like some career fieldswill. This profession has a very bright future ahead of it, and one would be blessed to become apart of it. Media will continue for a very long time, and new media will come up. Soon therewill be countless strategies people can use for evangelism; it will get to the point where peoplecannot escape evangelism. For someone to pursue a career in evangelism she has many optionson what she could do. One could become a singer, write her own songs about God, and performthem in front of an audience. One could also become an author and share the story of JesusChrist through books or magazines. Another thing someone could do if she is interested inpursuing a career in evangelism is go around the world. Evangelism will not grow if it stays inone place. Many churches around the world send teams to different countries for either short orlong term trips. There they will help the natives find hope and at the same time, tell them ofGod‟s unconditional love for them. Nothing beats the joy of seeing people who are hurting,either physically or mentally, smile. As one can see, there are numerous strategies ofevangelism. The Kingdom of God is growing! Works Cited
  5. 5. McKean 5Hamilton, Michael S. Rev. of Evangelicalism and Rivivalism. Gale Virtual Reference Library. NGale, n.d. Web. 6 Oct. 2011. < nPS=true&prodId=GVRL&userGroupName=cant48040&tabID=T003&searchId=R1&re sultListType=RESULT_LIST&contentSegment=&searchType=BasicSearchForm&curre ntPosition=3&contentSet=GALE%7CCX3401801426&&docId=GALE|CX3401801426 &docType=GALE&role=>Harrison, Milmon F. Rev. of Word of Faith Movement. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale, n.d. Web. 6 Oct. 2011. < nPS=true&prodId=GVRL&userGroupName=cant48040&tabID=T003&searchId=R4&re sultListType=RESULT_LIST&contentSegment=&searchType=BasicSearchForm&curre ntPosition=1&contentSet=GALE%7CCX3401300516&&docId=GALE|CX3401300516 &docType=GALE&role=>Rev. of Media and Religion, by Stewart M. Hoover. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale, n.d. Web. 6 Oct. 2011. < nPS=true&prodId=GVRL&userGroupName=cant48040&tabID=T003&searchId=R5&re sultListType=RESULT_LIST&contentSegment=&searchType=BasicSearchForm&curre ntPosition=1&contentSet=GALE%7CCX3424502003&&docId=GALE|CX3424502003 &docType=GALE&role=>
  6. 6. McKean 6Rev. of Graham, Billy (1918-), Evangelist , by William Martin. Gale Virual Reference Library. Gale, n.d. Web. 6 Oct. 2011. < nPS=true&prodId=GVRL&userGroupName=cant48040&tabID=T003&searchId=R2&re sultListType=RESULT_LIST&contentSegment=&searchType=BasicSearchForm&curre ntPosition=1&contentSet=GALE%7CCX3401300189&&docId=GALE|CX3401300189 &docType=GALE&role=>