Become a good conversationalist. Don’t try to force a canned presentation of the Gospel into your conversations with unbelievers. Instead, carry on personal, natural conversations that will motivate them to think more about God. Make sure you stay current with the latest news so you can discuss current topics in interesting ways from a biblical perspective. Ask lots of creative, open-ended questions about people’s lives to encourage them to open up more with you. Talk about some of your own areas of interest or expertise to build common ground with people who can relate well to them. Make eye-contact with people. Refrain from giving unsolicited advice. Simply listen and let people know that you genuinely care about them.

Be intentional. Make sharing your faith a natural part of your daily life on purpose by: being around non-Christians when you can, remembering that you’re part of a team effort when evangelizing so you just have to be faithful to do your own part in any person’s life, being creative about building relationships with others, being patient for God to work in the evangelism process, sharing your faith in your unique style, being available for the encounters God has for you, being aware that your real enemy is Satan – not unbelievers, being involved in your local community (such as volunteering for an organization you support) to reach out to others, finding natural ways to mention your faith in conversations about something else, and shifting people’s focus off of you and onto God.

Adapted from Evangelism for the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ within Your Personality Style, copyright 2006 by Mike Bechtle. Published by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.bakerbooks.com
Dr. Mike Bechtle is a senior training consultant with an internationally recognized time and productivity management firm, where he's taught over 2,500 seminars to the majority of Fortune 500 companies. He is a frequent speaker and the author of Evangelism for the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ within Your Personality Style

Original publication date: May 14, 2009