SMART Goal Setting for Fishing for People

Submitted by Macka on Thu, 04/28/2022 - 21:46

The 3 biggest reasons people fail to change are:   

1.  They don’t really see the need to change.  The change is imposed on them based on the expectations, or  perceived expectations, of others (externally).

2. Lack of CLEAR, SPECIFIC and MEASURABLE goals.

3.  Little or no SUPPORT (training, backup) and ACCOUNTABILITY in reaching those goals.

Addressing these issues will increase your ability to succeed in life. (See also a related article on SMART Goal Setting for Following Jesus)

Icebreaker #4: Fun Game – 1 Minute test to find out if your really blind?

Submitted by Macka on Thu, 04/28/2022 - 21:30

Find your Blind Spot.  There are many ways to find your blind spot.  The first is using a Card or sheet of paper with a dot and a cross on it.  All you do is hold the paper out in front of you (say holding the Cross closest to your hand, it doesn’t matter) Then cover your eye with the other hand.

Icebreaker #6a: Chat over a cup of coffee.

Submitted by Macka on Thu, 04/28/2022 - 21:04

I have just made a new friend, Steve, and he has used a neat way to meet people and share the gospel with them. He has made a little sign up saying “Free cup of coffee if you tell me your story!” It is just a little A frame laminated bit of card. Steve would choose a Gloria Jean’s Coffee Cafe or anything similar in a crowded shopping area and sit down at a table in full view. He would then put out his little sign on the table and have a cup of coffee.

Crash and Burn Evangelism #1- World Views

Submitted by Macka on Thu, 04/28/2022 - 20:53

Putting aside for the moment that we can boldly go ahead of God without any prayer, lacking gentleness or respect there are less obvious reasons why we might crash and burn trying to share the Good News with someone.  In the West we can get too myopic (tunnel vision). The simple fact is that not everyone thinks the same as we do.  We all see the world from a different perspective.

Crash and Burn Evangelism #2- Culture Shock

Submitted by Macka on Thu, 04/28/2022 - 20:30

In this series I have been trying to share with you some of my low points in disciple making in the hope to save you some grief and perhaps help the Kingdom along the way.  This one is related to the first story in that not everyone sees the world as you do but they are also not offended in the same way you might be as well.  This tale of woe is probably the worst one and I don’t want to really admit to it but here goes…

Crash and Burn Evangelism #3 – Don’t be a Goat!

Submitted by Macka on Sat, 04/16/2022 - 09:40

The bible has many wonderful promises to equip us in doing our assigned tasks for the Kingdom (eg “Perform signs and wonders”, “that you will do even greater things” Mark 16:17,18 and John 14:12-14, etc.)  We do not seek out glory and power for ourselves but miracles can accompany disciples as they go out into the world and interact.  These can be very powerful tools in evangelism.  You can easily crash and burn as well!  Don’t let yourself be the Goat…

Icebreaker #7b: Story of the Stones - full story

Submitted by Macka on Sat, 04/16/2022 - 09:06

 Walking along the beach I see stones, lots of stones. As I continue to walk I see from a distance one particular stone.  It is not necessarily the best looking stone, but it has caught my eye.  I pick it up, appreciate the beauty in it, and put it in my pocket close to me.

The beauty of stones becomes greater when you put them together, one enhances the other. Dark, light, big and small, together they make a statement, a beauty to behold, simple but profound beach stones.

Get Free Printable Gospel Tracts (and why you should use them)

Submitted by Macka on Sat, 04/16/2022 - 08:13

Over the years I have heard the proliferation of good reasons why people should use tracts as part of their witnessing tool box. A lot of people that I respect use them as their first preemptive strike. nonetheless I have always hated them.  I found them cheap and cheesy. (Not just gospel tracts, any tracts or adverts.) For the most part, deep down, I guess I sort of thought people who threw out tracts were just  trying to make themselves feel better,  whilst avoiding embarrassing themselves by engaging in the harder conversations. That all changed when I went to London last year!