In the Ministry Today magazine, they recently had an article entitled 9 Reasons Christians Don't Evangelize. Here are 3 of the 9 reasons the author listed:
- We have few evangelistic role models.
- Some churches have provided no evangelism training.
- Pastors aren't taking the lead in evangelism
The above reasons are a good description of the evangelistic duties listed for a pastor in the CRC. The Manual of the CRC Government (article 12-a) shares that one of the duties of pastors of congregations is: Engaging in and Promoting Evangelism. It states: Both the pastor and elders are called to participate in and promote evangelism, giving leadership as well as setting a zealous example for the congregation in the promotion of this work.
The Go and Tell evangelism seminar is one way to equip the pastors and elders to engage in and promote evangelism with their congregation and helps them to set a zealous example for their congregation. Go and Tell is a three hour seminar and is an easy and practical way to equip you to become a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19) based on the Heidelberg Catechism. The Go and Tell evangelism seminar is a free online seminar and includes videos, audio, booklet, and additional free resources.
Here is a "Go and Tell" testimonial from Steven Van Zanen (Christian Reformed World Missions): "Many are concerned about the future of Christianity in America, and with good reason. The most important cure for what ails the Church is a renewed appreciation for the heart of the Gospel message and the ability to communicate that to others. The kind of training in evangelism offered by Go and Tell will not only enable people to effectively witness to Jesus Christ, it will deepen the faith of those trained and encourage them in their walk of faith."