How To Evangelize Door-to-Door: Seven Helpful Tips

by Jack Wellman on September 4, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

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Broken Hearts for the Lost

Here is a sobering fact.  Almost 700,000 people die every day, nearly 30,000 die every hour, and approximately 500 die every  minute.  That number is increasing every day.  Now understand the fact that only 33% of them are Christians.  So today, 462 thousand people will die and be separated from God forever.  How many hear the gospel is up to those 33%.

For years the church has been living in the sin of silence…the Great Commission has been the “great omission.”  Despite the fact that Jesus told believers, five times by imperative commands, to go into all the world to make disciples, fewer than 1 in 10 will ever share their faith with someone who is lost.  Even worse, only 1 in 20 have ever led in their entire Christian life more than one person to Christ.  How tragic!  Believe me, I was no better.  That is why today I have a fire for evangelism.  I must share the gospel because as Jeremiah 20:9 says, “his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.

I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.  I am going to share some of the experiences that I have had in my many years of evangelism.  You can learn from my mistakes.  You may have better ways yourself, but what I have learned the hard way, you can learn the easy way.

Learning From Mistakes

People learn more from their mistakes than their failures so I am offering you my mistake-laden advice free of charge in what was costly to me.  I trained several years with an evangelist.  I have had years of training sessions and trained multiple churches in methods of effective evangelism.  The greatest thing I learned was that the power is in the message and not in the messenger.  God the Father draws sinners, the Holy Spirit convicts the lost, and Jesus saves them.  I am not involved in the saving.  God saves, I only bring the message.  The power is in the Word of God…in me there is no power.  Saving is His responsibility, not mine.  It is not their response to my ability but their response to His ability.  Even the worse job of witnessing is still better than no witnessing at all.  You are still being obedient to Christ’s command.

  • Tip One

I have learned from experience that when I knock on someone’s door, I am invading their free time and I must respect their privacy. If no one answers, I do not look through a window or through an opening in the door. I ring the door bell first if there is one and I give them a few seconds to answer the door.  If no one answers, only then do I knock and then only twice.

  • Tip Two

After a few seconds, I leave a Bible track that has the plan of salvation on it and a card with a name,  the church’s phone number, address, and website if there is one.

  • Tip Three

Never walk across anyone’s yard. It shows disrespect when you do.  People’s yards are like a nation’s sovereign territory.  It is their private property and I respect it.  What if they had just planted new grass or they want to keep their grass in great shape (and who wouldn’t?).  What if they have just watered it or fertilized it?  Respect is always important.

  • Tip Four

I never take risks like walking into a yard that has a dangerous looking dog in it or a “Beware of Dog“ sign on it. Either there really is a dangerous dog in the yard and I don‘t see them or it is there way of saying “Keep Out“. In any event, it is not worth the risk.  And I do respect a “Keep Out” sign because they have every right to keep out whomever they want.

  • Tip Five

If there are children present in the yard I might wave but I never speak to them but go directly to the door. Do not ever engage children in conversations during visitations because if those are my children or grandchildren, I’m probably calling the police or coming out to meet them and ask them what they want.

  • Tip Six

When someone answers the door, the first thing I do is to apologize for intruding. I say, “I’m sorry to trouble you”…or because I am invading their space and walking on their private property.  My first line is “I apologize for taking some of your time but I am (your first and last name) from the (church name) and we are out trying to find what we can do as a church to serve the community.” “Is there something that you feel that we as a church can do to help this town?” This is very non-threatening. It gives them an easy out and doesn’t try to cram religion down their throat. If they give you an answer, I usually write it down and say that we are trying to help the community as part of our church’s Outreach. If they have a church home I say “That’s great!” “As long as you have a relationship with Jesus Christ and have a church home, that is the main thing. If they do not then of course I hand them a card  with the church’s address, times of worship, and a phone number on it. Our church has business size cards that tell the times of Sunday school, worship services, Wednesday night Bible Study, the phone number, website (if any), and the phone number on it. If they don’t have a church home and are willing to accept both a Bible track and the church’s card, then by all means give it to them.

  • Tip Seven

You may discover that there are better times for you to go but from my experience, I have found that the best times are around 10 a.m. to around 12 p.m. and the best days are Saturday mornings. Another great time is around 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday nights. Those days are best I have found since most people are in a much more receptive mood than Monday night which they have children to feed, homework for them to do, there are tired or not the most cheerful on Monday’s anyway. Most people work 1st shift too so the majority of people will be home on Friday nights. And whether someone works 1st shift or 2nd shift, they are usually home on Saturday mornings and they are often awake after 10 a.m.

Also it is always preferable to go with someone else. Men with men and women with women is ideal. Mixing a married man with another married or single woman is not ever appropriate. Plus with two people you have one person that can be praying while you talk. And the fact that if you meet someone at the door and they are dressed inappropriately, you have another witness with you to testify about what, if anything, happened. Respect their right to say no. If they are not interested, you can say thank you for your time and offer them a Bible track and the church’s business card but if they refuse that, then don’t try to force one into their hand, stick one on their fence post and of course never put anything from the church in a mailbox. That is illegal.

Obedience to the Call

Again its good to remember that the worst job at witnessing is still better than not witnessing at all. The power in the message and not in the messenger and God is the One Who calls and draws men and women to Christ and not you or me. You are simply being obedient and God draws people to Jesus Christ and does so by the Holy Spirit so you are not responsible for their rejecting or accepting the message (John 6:44). Sometimes you plant and someone else will water. At other times you will water what someone has planted. But as always, God gives the increase. As Paul said in I Corinthians 3:6,7, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.“ It is their response to His ability. Below is a simple decision card that you can use or the ABC’s of salvation will work too.

Please understand that Decision Cards, the ABC’s of salvation, or leading someone in a sinner’s prayer is not going to save anyone.  God alone saves.  No one is saved by walking down an aisle, or filling out a Decision Card, or praying a prayer.  They are saved only when the believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, as Lord and Savior.  Believing in Jesus is not just believing Who He is.  Believing in John 3:16 means relying on, leaning upon, trusting in, and putting their reliance in.

I pray this inspires you and equips you. Matthew 9:37-38 says that, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” I pray you will be one of them.

                 ABC’S OF SALVATION

 

A. Admit you are a sinner. “There is no one righteous, not even one … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 and 6:23. Ask God’s forgiveness. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

B. Believe in Jesus.  Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (See John 14:6.) Become a child of God by receiving Christ. “To all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 (See Revelation 3:20.)

C.    Confess that Jesus is your Lord.  “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (See verse 10.)

            THE FOUR A’s OF SALVATION   

 

I Admit – that I am a sinner and in need of a Savior

I Abandon – self-effort and realize I can not be saved by my works or  efforts

I Acknowledge – Christ as payment for my sins now and forever, done by His work

I Accept – Jesus Christ as my personal lord and Savior

 

Sources

The Holy Bible, New International Version

THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 



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Ann September 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Wonderful tips! I know thy will help me as a follower of Christ. Thank you.

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Jack Wellman September 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Ann, thank you so much. I actually learned these things the hard way by doing everything wrong…but I discovered that I learned more from my mistakes than I ever could from a book. I learned more from just “going” than from sitting and learning. I appreciate your kind remarks Ann and hope it will help some to take the Great Commission seriously.

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maureen October 6, 2012 at 12:48 am

Ok am maureen am 18yrs old I am a christian but dnt knw how to evangelize and I need hlp pls and I also have dis mind dat will tell me to do tin, I just want to knw if it a gud tin or it frm God

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Jack Wellman October 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Hello Maureen. I am overjoyed you want to share the gospel with others. Here is another article on the link below on how to share the gospel with family that works with friend and even strangers too that is called “How to Share the Gospel with Family” at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-share-the-gospel-with-family/

I hope this helps you to know how to do it.

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michelle September 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Jack.. Thank you for sharing this and helping me learn how to witness. I am one of those Christians who has never really witnessed because quite frankly I don’t know how!!! I talk about my church but thats about it. Not good enough. My heart is about to explode with the HOPE and I need to be able to share it. I am finally finally LIVING what I have known is right. I will be soaking up your website as much as possible and cramming my brain with BIBLE BASED books and historical books that will help me be a scholar and equipped to handle the tougher questions. Its astounding how many have never read the entire bible and it is no wonder our world is LOST. I have asked sooo many…and NONE outside of my pastor have really been able to answer my questions. I am going to Israel next year as part of this growth process and I need knowledge sooo much more knowledge then what I have!! Thank you again and please email me anytime..
P.S… I am one of those “tattooed” Christians. :) In Christ-Michelle

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Jack September 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Ann, thank you so much. I so appreciate your words and thank you for visiting the site.

And thank you too Michelle. I too was one of those who was for many years silent in my walk in Christ. I am trying to make up time for those years of my sin of omission for the Great Commission so you are not alone. Thank you for your honesty. I appreciate your visiting the site as well. You are such an encouragement my friend. Wow.

I can see that you have a hunger for the Word of God. That is so rare today my friend, even among professing Christians. That is wonderful. I know what you mean by it want to “explode with hope”. In fact, I am about finished with a small, inexpensive booklet on Evangelizing. How to share your faith with the lost. My favorite verse is Jeremiah 20:9 “if I say, “I will not mention his Word or speak anymore in His name,” His Word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” I sense that is you! May God richly bless you and especially on your trip to Israel. Please tell us what it is like when you get back! How exciting.

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Todd September 27, 2011 at 4:51 am

Excellent article! God bless :-)

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Jack Wellman September 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Thank you so very much Todd for the encouragement my friend. I learned from making mistakes and from flying by the seat of my pants. There are likely better methods than mentioned here but the point is that I wish there were more laborers in the harvest for the harvest is great but the laborers are few. God bless you for your edifying words. They mean so much sir.

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marsha March 23, 2012 at 1:55 am

thank you Jack for sharing your experiences.

I have recently decided that I cannot keep the truth to myself and I know I should be talking to people. I have ordered tracts and Bibles and will start going door to door in my neighbourhood. Your article was very encouraging and gave me helpful hints.
How wonderful it will be in Heaven when we see those we were reached by the word by Christ through us.

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Jack March 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Hello Marsha. Thank you for commenting and I am so overjoyed that you are now going to share the gospel with those around you. I am working on an article on how to share the gospel with family members. This may be the hardest thing of all because the better you know someone, the more difficult it can be. I agree, I look forward to the day that we can meet those with whom we share the good news and rejoice with them for eternity. There are few things more joyful than that and I look forward to meeting you there someday Marsha. God bless your labor of love and so glad you have entered into the harvest. I am praying to the Lord of the Harvest to send forth more laborers like you.

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Sunday john April 11, 2012 at 4:30 am

Sir,am indibeted for the fire of the word of your encouragement into my bone, over years av been thinking hw to go about door to door evangelizm what sees to be difficult to me,but by going thruogh ur aticle online u av made it easy for me, i pray the Lord will continue increase u in wisdom, kwolegde and ministry. Thanks, Sir.

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Jack Wellman April 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Hello Sunday John. Thank you so much sir for your very kind words. I am glad that there are some Christians willing to fulfill the Great Commission but sadly, for most it is the “great omission.” Please check out this article on how to share your faith with co-workers, friends, and even family at the link below sir.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-share-the-gospel-with-family/

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BILALI December 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

Am very glad that am one of those who have got empowerment through this website and of how to witness the gospel of Christ thanks for the effort man of GOD JACK WEELMAN pray for me that the words of salvation will have impact through the holy GHOST to all that i Witness to in JESUS MIGHTY NAME AMEN

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pascal lucas December 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

thanks so much be blessed as among of the witness of Jesus i have got something to add for doing evangelism

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Patrick February 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Great pointers! The only reason I ever got involved w/ door to door evangelism was 1. reading & learning what to say in evangelism classes–in my case it was Evangelism Explosion type of classes. 2. Going with someone more experienced. Talking to strangers about the gospel is extremely difficult. Our church had a program that mentored you through the process. Now, I can do it with no problems of fear like I used to.

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Jack Wellman February 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Thank you sir for your encouraging words my friend. I just pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send more laborers like you into the fields for they are ripe. May God richly bless you for your passion in rescuing the perishing.

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Richard Cunningham March 2, 2013 at 6:01 am

Thank you for your wisdom. Remembering that we are invading
Their time and need to respect that is wonderful advice. I am helpin to lead a new church plant and we are begining to explore how to evangelize our community. We are all lay men and women with no formal bible training. We are mature Christians looking to be obedient to Christ’s calling. ThAnk you again for sharing the wisdom God has given you.
Richard

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Jack Wellman March 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

Thank you Mr. Cunningham. I am so grateful that there are men and women who are willing to face scorn, shame, and be rejected and also use their own personal time to be obedient to the Great Commission. What a wonderfully encouraging comment. It takes the Word of God, with a man or woman of God, with the Spirit of God, and proclaim the gospel of God, to bring more children of God.

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Carmelina April 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Thank you for your tip. It helps a lot for our church .

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Jack Wellman April 7, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Wow Carmelina. Thank you so much. Your comment is so encouraging. I have lost many friends…and as I’m about 60, I am losing more and more and the fact that you are concerned about reaching the lost and in sparing them the eternal separation from God is so inspiring. Wow. That you would read this and be inspired more to share the gospel is incredible. I wish we had more believers with such compassion as you my friend.

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Angel May 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Hi Pastor Wellman, thank you so much for your wonderful words and tips. Before I left my church I did share them the good news and how Jesus did it all on the cross but they look at me like I lost my mind. Ministers taught us many years about our good works and giving every Sunday is very important to God. We been taught good works, our giving and church attendants is the way to heaven. They hardly talk about Jesus and what He did on the cross for us. Some Sunday no Jesus at all its always about us. If we don’t give or give little they condemn us. Some times we give all we have knowing that we have kids to be fed and bills to be paid tomorrow but we still give in vain because we don’t want to be condemn by them. But when I came to the end of myself I met God there and He opened my blinded eyes through reading and studing the His Word myself with the help of the Holy Spirit. I find out how wrong and how they misled us all these years, I am so thankful to God for His Grace and how He reveals me the truth of His word but at the same time I feel very sad for many that are still there listening and believing the lies. Sometimes I share the Gospel to these same people that I went to church with on myspace , twitter or fb but seems no one believe. Some people mock and I look so dump to them. It seems like it is so easy to share the Gospel with those who never went to church than to those who have been in church for many many years. Pastor what should I do? Should I still share the Gospel to them or find others to share with..I understand I am just a witness, only God can save. My heart goes out for them because I know I used to be like them and I was ignorant of Gods word, now I want to share them the truth so they can be free from the curse and maybe give their heart to Jesus. Thank you for the tips I will use them for my next witness trip. I apologize for misspelling English is not my first language. May God bless you Pastor.

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Jack Wellman May 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Angel, I am so encouraged that there are faithful witnesses out there still today. I thank God for you truly I do. You are better off finding a church home that speaks about the centrality of Jesus Christ, teaches about the work done at Calvary thru the Cross, talks about sin and repentance, and being faithful witnesses to the great commission. I pray you find a new and more Bible-centered church.

I was out doing door-to-door witnessing one day last year and frequently those who professed to be Christian had no time for me. Strangely enough, one man who flatly said that he was not a Christian asked me into his home to rest and gave me a cold bottle of water. How refreshing that was because it was nearly 100 degrees that day. The many who claimed to be Christians were less hospitable than this man who said he was not a believer, but he was more kind to me than those who said that they were. I know many profess faith in God but how many truly possess faith in Him? That is, how many actually have living fruit showing their conversion. I thought of Jesus’ words when He said, “whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward” (Matt 10:42). Here was a self-proclaimed unbeliever, yet he gave me a cold drink of water. I pray for that man and I still think of him from time to time. I witnessed to him about the unconditional grace of God given by Jesus’ atoning work on Calvary. I may never know if he comes to saving faith or not but I wonder if he won’t at least be rewarded for his kindness to me when most would not even give me the time of day.

I pray that the man who didn’t believe who took the trouble to give me something cold to drink may not lose his reward…that he might also drink of the spring of water that never runs dry and that God sends forth more laborers to enter into the harvest like you.

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Marsha S June 25, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Wow Jack. I hope that man accepts Jesus as his Savior. I have no doubt in my mind that he thinks of your visit and message of our Lord.

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Alicia July 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Thank you for this article, it was very reassuring and challenging. As part of my internship I am doing Community Outreach and have really felt in my heart that I need to meet the neighbours in this small community. After all we call ourselves a “Community Church” I have started with the 6 houses close by and will continue to grow throughout the neighborhood.

My biggest question is how to follow up. I simply go to the house with a gospel of John and a church pamphlet and introduce myself and include that our church is down the street and it’s doors are open to fill any needs you may have.

Is it appropriate to go back and ask how they are doing? Will it invade their privacy too much? Should I just pray that they connect with us on sunday?

Once again thank you for all that you are doing, I pray that God will bless your life and ministry!

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Jack Wellman July 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Hello Alicia. I do not believe in follow up for one reason primarily. God alone is the one who draws men to Christ (John 6:44). The Holy Spirit convicts people of their sin and brings repentance. To follow up may seem like we are doubting the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, the Bible that you gave out in the Gospel of John. I see no where in the New Testament where they, even once, followed up after evangelizing. I am thankful to God that there are men and women of faith (like you) who are taking seriously the Great Commission give 5 times by Christ in His imperative command. Only 1 in 20 actively share their faith with the lost.

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Simbarashe Philip Deve August 22, 2013 at 6:54 am

hello thank you somuch for the tips on door to door evangelism.indeed you have managed to equip me personally on how best i can do it without offending anyone but to do it with respect.i hope you will continue to give more through my e-mail.thank you.Simbarashe P.Deve

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Jack Wellman August 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

Thank you Simbarashe for your comment. It is not possible to present the gospel without offending some. People will be offended but you still must repent it anyway. If someone hadn’t did this to me or you, then we would still be headed to the lake of fire. It is impossible to NOT offend some but don’t let that stop you for Jesus said that if they persecuted Him, the WILL persecute us. A faithful witness must do this: he or she will comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Jesus said in Matt 18:7 that “for it must needs be that offences come.”

Here is more on how to share your faith with family but it also applies to friends, co-workers, and strangers so read this:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-share-the-gospel-with-family/

Thank you for your comment and your willingness to be used by God to spread the gospel of God.

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Nathaniel August 28, 2013 at 4:14 am

It is my prayer that God should bless your generation with the good work you are doing and you will gain strength in your entire life. God will richly bless you.

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felix yeboah September 24, 2013 at 2:07 am

I love to preach de gospel course mate ,frien and but i dont have enough bible verses which talks about repentance and salvation so am also short of words.i hope you wil heip me increase the kingdom.thank you .felix

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Jack Wellman September 24, 2013 at 9:54 am

Thank you my friend. I am overjoyed that you want to proclaim the gospel for Jesus Christ’s glory. For more on what Bible verses to use, please visit this link at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/come-to-jesus/

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