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When Evangelism Goes Bad

GUEST POST by Jonathan McKee. Jonathan has become a regular guest blogger on this site! He is the author of numerous books including the brand new Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent, as well as youth ministry books like Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation. You can find his excellent blog here.

[Jonathan has a been a faithful guest post writer for me for a few months and, instead of me writing a product review, I asked him to write a post about his new curriculum that both myself and YS are excited about]

Have you seen evangelism go bad? You know the kind… when someone tries to force Jesus on someone and it actually does more harm than good!

Youth Specialties is having a fun contest right now where youth groups can submit a one-minute video showing their creative version of really bad evangelism! Here’s a short video explaining the contest:

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Sadly, most of us have probably seen some pretty awful examples of a person using less-than-desirable methods to try to convert someone to Christ. Some of us might have even seen some bad evangelism training, encouraging people to use tricks or gimmicks.

Have we ever considered that some of our kids might even be scared to share their faith because they don’t want to look like these weirdo’s?

I’ve definitely observed that trend. That’s why I wrote this brand new DVD curriculum called Real Conversations: Sharing Your Faith without Being Pushy. This 4-week series helps kids learn to live out an authentic faith that opens doors to real conversations. I’m excited to see youth ministries encourage their kids to live authentic lives and have real faith conversations. I’m excited to see youth ministries encouraging their kids to live authentic lives and have real faith conversations. And… I’m also excited to see some of the videos people submit to this contest!

Question:What about you? What examples have you seen of evangelism gone bad? Share your thoughts here.

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By | 2016-10-13T13:56:26+00:00 September 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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