Intentional Pre-Evangelism: Gaining a Hearing for the Gospel
Ledermann, Gunnar R.
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There is a problem with pre-evangelism in our Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) churches. The lost unbelievers of this world are not hearing the gospel message. Left on their own they do not know where to find this life giving message. In their ignorance and unbelief they remain lost unless someone comes to guide them to the Word of God. Pastors are called to proclaim the Word of God. Their calling is not only to the flock, but also to the lost sheep. Lost and helpless, unbelievers are in desperate need of someone trustworthy who can share the gospel with them. Pre-evangelism skills are necessary for pastors seeking to save the lost among the two primary groups of this generation, the millennials and post-moderns. Pastors cannot remain aloof to the needs of the millennials and post-moderns. They must work to gain a hearing among the lost by understanding the mentality of this generation and remove unnecessary obstacles that prevent someone from hearing the clear gospel message and allow the Holy Spirit to do his work. Furthermore, pastors must strive to connect and communicate effectively by improving pre-evangelism skills. Pastors who can connect with people pave the way for meaningful conversations in which the gospel may be presented and heard allowing the Holy Spirit to do his work.