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Three Strand Evangelism

August 1, 2007

“Most gospel ministry involves ordinary people doing ordinary things with gospel intentionality.” Growing out of a radical call to love other people and society Jesus style, Timmis and Chester argue for a refreshingly simple model of evangelism that is rooted in community. Three Strand evangelism includes: 1) building relationships 2) sharing the gospel 3) introducing people to community. Regarding the role of the community they comment:

Not everyone can think on their feet. Some people are simply not good at speaking to strangers and forming new friendships. One of the practical benefits of the three-strand model of evangelism is that it gives a role to all of God’s people. By making evangelism a community project, it also takes seriously the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit in distributing a variety of gifts among his people.

Applied three-strand evangelism includes forming authentic relationships with others, inviting them into your community through dinners, movies, hearing bands, etc, and allowing them to witness the power and presence of God in people who aren’t afraid of culture and genuinely love others.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2007 10:49 am

    Is this “three strand” approach mean that these three things flow in and out of each other constantly rather than a progression of step 1, then step 2, and then finally step 3? If so, then I love it because a linear ‘strategy’ looks good on paper but doesn’t translate into the complexity relationship and community.

    Keep this good stuff coming.

  2. August 1, 2007 10:56 am

    Yeah, interweaving like twine…

  3. shaw permalink
    August 1, 2007 11:45 am

    do you think that these three are necessarily dependent on each other?

    It just seems important to me to make the clarification that actually “sharing the gospel” is forefront among the three. I fear that this is sometimes lost, though, in gatherings and literature emphasizing community. How easy it is to let sincere attempts at relationship building and community become cop outs for physically proclaiming the gospel. As one church planter told me, “if you want to know how to plant a church, here’s how: get into as many homes as possible and share the gospel in each”. OK, probably over simplistic, but I understand and agree with his point.

    yes, I’m rambling.

  4. August 1, 2007 12:03 pm

    I will allow TC to speak:

    “But the ‘ordinary’ is only a vehicle for Christian mission if there is gospel intentionality. The ordinary needs to be saturated with a commitment to living and proclaiming the gospel. The gospel is a message, and so mission only takes place as we share that word with people. A commitment to mission through community works only if the priority of the gospel is a strong value within that community. Other wise we simply form good relationships that never go anywhere.”

  5. August 1, 2007 1:52 pm

    Great clarification, JD. That hits the nail on the head. Someone once said “The danger of ‘friendship evangelism’ is that we can ‘friendship’ some one right along to hell, never ‘getting around’ to sharing the word of good news.”

  6. Andy Pelander permalink
    August 1, 2007 3:58 pm

    How do I get this book? Do I have to order it from amazon uk?

  7. August 1, 2007 4:24 pm

    My source sold out fast. He is trying to get more. The book should be published in the U.S. later this year.

    I will let you guys know if I can get my hands on some more.

  8. shaw permalink
    August 3, 2007 2:15 am

    thanks for the clarification!

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