Here’s a key quote:
She [Rev. Laceye Warner of Duke] defined evangelism as preaching the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ and living it out.
I think we can trace the bad name of evangelism to two things:
- We have separated evangelism from discipleship, i.e., we equate evangelism with persuading people to say a particular prayer
- We think evangelism is about talking people into joining our particular church
While the symptoms are varied, including much obnoxious behavior, I think at least most of the symptoms can be traced back to one of those two points.
A return to the long term, often difficult work of making disciples would be rather valuable, I think.