Outreach Magazine’s Top 25 Evangelism Resources

Sycamore Series - the life Outreach Magazine has announced it top 25 evangelism resources for this year. You can read the article here. The article describes:

The Outreach Resources of the Year is a celebration of the best books, DVDs and curricula produced to help the Church and Christians reach out in areas such as evangelism, compassionate service and cross-cultural ministries.

Nearly 160 resources published between Nov. 1, 2008, and Oct. 31, 2009, were submitted to Outreach for consideration. Outreach editors narrowed the field to 110 nominees.

The magazine then enlisted the help of an expert for each of 12 categories. Each panelist independently evaluated the nominated resources in his or her area of expertise and selected the best. The experts had the discretion to choose how many resources to recognize in their categories.

There is some really good stuff on the list. And, guess what? Churches of Christ landed one on the list. Let's Start Talking, a ministry perhaps best known for its evangelistic efforts among those seeking to learn English have brought their method stateside and adapted it for use between any two people (regardless of language) or for use in a small-group context. Their new resource for domestic evangelism,The Sycamore Series, authored by my wife and father-in-law and published through Leafwood Publishers, made the list. Needless to say, I'm really proud of my wife and kinfolk 🙂

One of the reasons people are too reluctant to share their faith with others is because they believe there isn't a natural way to do it. The Sycamore Series provides a natural way for people to share Christ with their friends within the context of relationship.

Click here for more information on the Sycamore Series. If your church is looking for a great mechanism to teach people to share their faith one-on-one or in a group with their friends, the Sycamore Series is outstanding…in my somewhat biased opinion—and now in the unbiased opinion of Outreach Magazine. I'm extremely happy for Let's Start Talking and for everyone who is using the talents God has given them to reach His prodigal sons and daughters.

Why do you think Christians aren't better at sharing their faith? Is it lack of resources/equipping, lack of urgency, fear, all three? Something else?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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4 thoughts on “Outreach Magazine’s Top 25 Evangelism Resources

  1. Tim,
    One reason I hear from the group of people I mentor is that they don’t know any unchurched people. When I first heard this I thought you are crazy. I see unchurched people everywhere – why can’t you. I think it is because we are disconnected with our neighbors. We don’t volunteer in our community with an eye towards evanglism. We get so busy we don’t have time to take an hour or two out of our week to host or participate in a Bible Study. Or we are not comfortable having people into our homes. I feel very strongly we have to be proactive to make these kinds of relationships but if we just ask God to show us who – He will always answer.
    Thanks for encouraging others to reach out!

  2. Here’s another provocative, but accurate, assessment of evangelism in the church. It’s called The Mystic Way of Evangelism. I haven’t read anything in years that more accurately identifies the plight of the church and the reasons behind it. The question is whether anyone will have the “ears to hear” and “eyes to see.”

  3. Congratulations Tim. I will definitely check that out. I hope we can use it. I am passionate about seeing our church grow. I hope we get the opportunity to meet sometime in the future. I enjoy reading your blog and tweets. I live on the gulf coast of Florida. The church is not so strong in our area, but hopefully it will grow.
    Joe Palmer.