Door to Door - The Preserve

Every Thursday morning I lead a small accountability group of my leaders called the Mighty Men. The may seem a bit too “Renaissance Fair,” but I kind of like the chord it strikes. The name refers to the band of men that traveled with King David and stuck close to his side. They fought incredible battles together, and they were fiercely loyal. We began to ask ourselves the question: what if we began to cultivate this type of loyalty. One day soon, I’ll write more about this awesome group and the way it is changing my life. For now, I want to talk about a great Saturday I had.

One of the 5 questions we ask each other every week is this: “Who did you share the Gospel with?” This week, everyone’s answer was the same: nobody. I challenged the guys to meet me for some good old fashioned, door-to-door evangelism.

There is an apartment complex about 2 miles from our church that has been on my heart. In the past few months, we’ve seen several young college-aged folks visit from this neighborhood, and 2 of them have prayed to receive Christ. As we form strategies for outreach, I always keep this place in mind. I thought this could be a great chance to do some real ministry. I went to Walgreens this morning and bought up some packs of light bulbs (Just watched a fascinating H2 documentary on their invention… I digress.) I grabbed some of our ministry surveys, and met up with the guys.

We agreed to go to random doors and do the following:
- Knock
- If someone opened the door, we we introduce ourselves.
- We would offer them a pack of lightbulbs and tell them it was to “show God’s love in a practical way.”
- Next, we would ask if we could take a quick spiritual survey.

1. One a scale of 1-10, do you consider yourself to be a spiritual person?
2. Describe your spiritual background.
3. Do you believe in God? If so, what is He like?
4. What do you believe is the world’s greatest problem?
5. In your opinion, what is the solution to this problem?
6. What do you believe happens to us when we die?
7. In your opinion, who is Jesus Christ.
7. If you were to stand before God, and He asked, “Why should I let you into heaven,” what would you say?“

After the survey was complete, we would ask, "Could I take a minute and tell you who has the answer to that last BIG question? If they said, yes, we would share the Gospel.

All in all, we got the share the Gospel 6 times - one time per person. I got to talk to a guy named Josh. He was very nice - perhaps by means of some herbal refreshment. He did what a lot of people in the south did - he gave a lot of great answers. Based on his answer to the BIG question, he is still really unsure about where he would spend eternity. He was really receptive to listening to the Gospel, and wanted to know about our service times for church tomorrow. We offered to pray for him, but he declined at this time.

The second guy we met was very kind. We offered the lightbulbs, and he seemed grateful. He works in the area at a local high school as a counselor. He’s even visited our church several times. On some of the questions, he lacked confidence. Again, we offered the chance with him to connect back to our service.

Because we went in groups of 2, I haven’t actually debriefed with everyone. Here are some quick observations:
- You’ll always find a good reason to NOT share the Gospel. At some level, just do it
- You can never be too clever with your methods. When it comes down to it, sharing Jesus is just one beggar telling another where to find food
- Jesus is the power of the Gospel, pure and simple
- We got to share the Gospel with more lost people in 30 minutes that we did in our last college service with 100 people (at least by their testimony - most of them were Christian)
- It’s so important to share AND invite. When people experience the Gospel in community with others who are falling in love with Jesus, it can help everything "cliick”
- If you’re not accountable to anyone about sharing Jesus, you’re probably not going to do it.

Can’t wait for lots more stories for this year.

So far this year: 6 Gospel conversations

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.