Door-to-door evangelism involves going to the homes in our community to seek to speak to people about the gospel of our Lord Jesus. Through this work we are able to speak personally with people about the gospel and also pass out good gospel literature. Here are some thoughts.
- Able to speak personally with people about the gospel. This can lead on to further conversations in their home or in church.
- By being there in person able to show that real people are connected to the church.
- Show that you want to get out into your area with the gospel and not just sit in our churches in “holy huddles”
- The people in your locality are given a further opportunity to “hear” the gospel through being spoken to.
- Whilst visiting you can to pray for your locality, the homes you are visiting and many other matters.
- You learn something about your locality; seeing the homes and seeing things on display.
- It can give an opportunity to have fellowship with others as you serve together.
- You can connect with other believers, who you were previously unaware of, who are living in your area.
- People can be suspicious of those coming to the door. Some might even be frightened that a stranger is knocking at the door.
- People can be upset about being disturbed in their homes.
- This work requires a certain aptitude for quickly striking up a relationship with someone. If that is not your gifting then don’t do this work. God has other things for you.
- It is good to do this work with others. The fellowship can be encouraging. It gives opportunities to share about questions asked or conversations held.
- Some would say that you must go to every door with someone else. They would use the pattern of the Lord in the gospels as a directive on this. So we read in Luke 10:1: After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. I would suggest that this scripture encourages us to go out with others, but does not mean we have to go to each door with others. It can be that more than one person going to a door is a bit intimidating to people when they come answer the door. My recommendation is to go one-by-one to homes unless you are specifically training someone in the ministry.
- As opportunity arises, take a younger believer with you to interest them in this work and train them in this ministry.
- Make sure you are dressed in an appropriate way. Don’t put people off by looking “odd”. Many people think that Christianity is for odd-bods so don’t give fuel for that fire.
- Plan to know what to say. You could start. “Hello I’m from ……..church. I have a booklet from the church; would you like to have one?”. That could then lead on to a conversation. You may want to comment on a beautiful garden or make other comments that can immediately “break-the-ice” with people.
- Make sure you smile.
- Allow people to speak, but not too much. It may soon become apparent that the person wants to tell you about their life history, whilst evidently having no interest in the gospel. It requires discernment to extricate yourself form such a conversation..
- If someone says that they are not interested, then graciously withdraw. In no way should we be offensive; we do not want to annoy people.
- In speaking with someone, always remember that your goal is to introduce them to our Lord Jesus and His saving work on the cross.
- If there is a sign which says “No Canvassers or Sales People” (or the like) then do not knock at that house. If you do knock or ring the bell you are in danger of unnecessarily antagonising people.
- Be thoughtful about when you visit. 8.00.a.m on a Saturday morning will leave you with much abuse from homeowners enjoying a well-earned lie in or nursing a less well – earned hangover. Mealtimes are not good times to visit.
- Always leave a property as you find it. If the gate was open, leave it open; if it was shut, leave it shut. As you are going to knock at a door it is best, if the gate was closed when you came to the property, to close it after you before you go to the door. Otherwise you may have a dog scampering out of the house and down the road much to the annoyance of the homeowner. Also after being at the house awhile you may not remember whether the gate was open or not.
- Do not walk across grassed area within the curtilage of peoples homes. This can upset people.
- Be thoughtful about the weather. If it is very cold or wet, people may not want to open their doors to you.
- When you go, out get others to be praying for you. Feed back to others what contacts you have had for interest /prayer.
- Keep your word. If you have made a promise to someone about giving them a booklet then keep your promise and make sure you do it.
- Pray to the Lord so as He would use the leaflets and your efforts to further the Word of the gospel. And get others to pray.