Ed Stetzer is preacher, researcher, professor and president of Lifeway research. As a former church planter I have been reading his stuff for a long time and like his insights and honesty. I also appreciate his ability to present the orthodox position in a winsome way.
In this article, Ed reminds us that we are not called to just a relational ministry. We are called to also share the life giving word of life at some point. We must be wise to the timing but the talking is not an option. Cults can smile and be friendly. We have the truth that sets people free!
“Since we believe that the only God given means of transferring people from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light involves the preaching of the gospel with words, we should be compelled to speak such words to any who will listen. As the ones sent by God (that’s us), we should be ready to “tell the story
As a Sports Chaplains (SC) we are well aware that everyone is at different places on his or her journey. Missiologist have gone to great efforts to quantify where people are on their journey.
I find charts helpful, but they always oversimplify. The one on the right is from Ed Stetzer.
Below is my modification of the Engel Scale.
This scale has an interesting history. In rudimentary forms, it was first suggested by Viggo Sogaard while he was a student at Wheaton Graduate School. Later it was revised by James F Engel and published in such sources as Church Growth Bulletin and elsewhere during 1973. Since that time, modifications have been introduced as others have made suggestions. Particularly helpful comments have been advanced by Richard Senzig of the communications faculty at the Wheaton Graduate School and Professors C Peter Wagner and Charles Kraft of the Fuller School of World Mission. Paul Hazelden added a number of things plus the term “modified