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Door-to-door evangelism

February 2018 | by Duncan Hunter

I am an evangelist working with Outreach UK and also in an itinerant capacity. My passion and desire is to train and equip Christians in one-to-one evangelism, particularly door-to-door outreach.

Many churches and Christians shy away from door-to-door. However, I believe this method is both biblical (Mark 16:15; Acts 5:42, and possibly Acts 20:20) and an effective means of sharing the gospel with unbelievers.

In my opinion, the church has surrendered the doorsteps to the cults — the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and others — who are continuingly active on the doors, peddling a false gospel, leading people into error and false assurance. Christians have the truth and yet, so often, we fail to proclaim it.

Two encounters

I became convinced of the value of this kind of outreach, many years ago, after two particular encounters. One was with a young Chinese student, who informed me he was interested in spiritual things. I asked if he had a Bible, to which he replied, ‘Yes, I have two’.

He brought them to show me. One was the Jehovah’s Witness New World Translation and the other the Book of Mormon, both of which he had received from their representatives visiting his home. I gave him a Bible and invited him to an enquirer’s course, through which he was converted and baptised.

The second was through meeting a young, white, British male, who had converted to Islam, along with his girlfriend. He challenged me by saying that he didn’t think Christians were really convinced about their message.

After asking him why he felt that way, he replied, ‘If you believe what you believe, how is it I have lived on this estate for six years and no one has ever visited me before from the church?’ I met with him for many months to do Bible studies in his home, but sadly, as far as I know, he never came to put his trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

Another reason for this type of evangelism is that God, in his providence, has brought the nations to us in the UK — people from many countries, some of which are closed to the gospel, and where it is impossible to evangelise openly.

Unique opportunity

This is a unique opportunity the Lord has given us to go and make Christ known. As Christians go out and visit their local communities, through door-to-door outreach, they will meet many people who would probably never enter our churches, who have little understanding of what the gospel is.

They are often lonely and without hope, lost, speak a different language and worship false gods. The Great Commission is to go and make disciples: the ‘go’ needs to be put back into the commission!

I help churches by offering training, firstly theoretical and then practical, going out onto the doorsteps with members from the church, often using Good News newspapers. It is interesting to see the reaction of those believers who go out, often for the first time, rather timidly and warily, returning with real enthusiasm and joy after such a positive experience.

The key to fruitful evangelism this way is an ongoing monthly visitation to the same households, building trust, through which people start to open up and share what they believe. It is also a great way for a local church to build contacts in the community, find out an area’s needs, and build a more accurate demographic profile.

Salvation

It is a rewarding work that bears fruit and, most importantly, brings salvation to others. ‘For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?

‘And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!’ (Romans 10:13-15).

Duncan Hunter

Manchester