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Door to Door Ministry
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DOOR 2 DOOR MINISTRY
DOOR 2 DOOR MINISTRY
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
Door to door ministry is not something that can be taught effectively in a classroom environment. What will need to take effect, is to learn some basic principles and then get out in the field to make them your own. You may make some mistakes, as with anything there is a learning curve in evangelism. There are many ways to begin making “cold calls” to houses. You could start in your neighborhood for example, introducing yourself as one of their neighbors. (This assumes you have been a good neighbor.) You can do a religious survey, there are a couple of surveys I have had successful visits with. One of the techniques I like to use can be found in the Caring & Sharing material on this website. You can pray for needs–my personal favorite.
One thing to keep in mind when you are going un-
Let's say you and I were going to try this together. My first dialogue when they answer the door would go something like this…
Hi, I'm Rick and this is (your first name). We are from (your church name), and we are just out in the community today praying for people. We want to let people know that somebody cares about them, and wants to help them in any way we can. Do you have anything at all we can pray for you about? Don’t put this on a 3x5 card and pull it out to read it word for word, make it your own. This is only a guideline, it is not the only thing that God will bless.
This is going to get some kind of response. I have had people slam the door in my face, but more often that would happen when I was a Mormon than after I became a Christian. You will find some people are cautiously interested in allowing a stranger to pray for them. Do not force yourself on them or pry into their personal life. I have had them tell me they attend another church. You can still share the gospel with people who are attending another church, but don’t steal the sheep. Those are not your prospects, so pray for them if they want prayer, and move on to the ones God wants you to meet.
Some people will invite you into their home, but most will talk with you at the door probably with it pulled tight behind them. If they should invite you in, never enter a home alone with one person of the opposite sex. This can lead to false accusations, or just be a questionable situtation for
the opposite sex,After you have introduced yourself to someone at the door and they have talked with you briefly but the conversation seems like it may be closing, it can be an excellent opportunity to find out if they know for certain they will go to Heaven when they die. I generally ask them point blank…
(Their first name here), we appreciate your hospitality in talking with us, I know God has a great plan for your life. Before we go can I ask you, do you know for certain, if you were to die today, you would go to Heaven?
The response will be anywhere from I don't know to I hope so, and some may not be able to answer at all. (That can be taken for a no.) Most of them at this point will say they don't know. Questions like "Do you know Jesus?" will likely generate a yes response, because people don't understand what you are really asking.
Now you can ask permission to share with them by saying something like…
(Their first name), can I share with you how I came to know I am going to Heaven when I die, and how you can know it too?
If the answer is yes, share the gospel with them. If you have accepted Christ, then you already know enough information to tell someone how to get saved. (What is your story?) We have resources in the iLibrary to help you with that if you need it. If the answer is no, don’t bruise the fruit by being pushy. I grew up in Florida, and I have never seen workers picking oranges with a baseball bat. Don’t get too aggressive with the gospel, you may do more harm than good, and others are waiting to hear.
The biggest enemy you have is not standing in the door of that home. The most common enemy you will have is the one named fear. When I was a Mormon, fear did not try to stop me, we were on the same team. Once I got saved, fear has tried to divert me from ministry every step of the way.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and
You need to recognize the spirit of fear for what it is. There is nothing wrong with you, it is normal for Satan to try and stop you from reaching out. Don't let the spirit of fear stand between you and what God wants you to do.
WHERE THE COMPLEXITY OF CHURCH GROWTH INTERSECTS WITH THE SIMPLICITY OF THE GOSPEL
…upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
— Matthew 16:18