10/31/10 Anna and Ben, both 30 or so
Our churches "Harvest Party" is a way in which we offer a positive alternative to Halloween and a way to capture the energy of the parents and kids who pass by our church doors and use it to help share the gospel. Like much evangelism in the church today this could be called "event evangelism", in which Christians invite unbelievers to a church service, special event, gospel concert, or the like. There it is hoped that they will hear the gospel from the pastor up front or whoever else is running the program. However its easy to try to replace the "go" of the Great Commission - a command meant for all Christians, with "come" to our meeting, putting much of the burden for evangelism on "professionals". I wish more pastors would encourage and set an example of street witnessing, because if they did they would have a good number of church members actively sharing their faith with newcomers who attend such events. I met Anna and Ben (not real names) at the Harvest Party and found out that, despite some church involvement, they really didn't understand that faith in Jesus alone is the basis for salvation. I'm glad my experience in witnessing in the world has helped prepare me for witnessing in the church.