Newsletters

Thanks for your interest in the newsletters. If you would like to help proofread them, please download a copy of the proofing instructions and the newsletters.

All 15 newsletters are contained in one single file. Within that file, each individual newsletter is 4 pages long (this should be easy to see at the top of each page). If you choose to proofread only one or a few newsletters, please proofread all 4 pages of the newsletter and record in some way which newsletter you proofed. It may be easiest to print out that individual newsletter and make corrections on the printed copy.

If you have trouble downloading the files or would like copies printed for you, please see Troy Leland.

NOTE: As the Newsletter is updated, new versions will be posted below. Please use the Newsletter file marked "CURRENT VERSION" below. All other copies are for reference purposes only. If you have trouble downloading the files or would like copies printed for you, please see Troy Leland.



NOTE: What follows is an explaination of the intended purpose of using newsletters in evangelism.

INTRODUCTION

In door-knocking and neighborhood evangelism, one often encounters an unwillingness to discuss matters of eternal consequence on the part of those contacted. This unwillingness often leads to frustration, discouragement, lack of enthusiasm, and lack of involvement on the part of those attempting to do this important work, and that in turn often leads to reduced evangelism in the community at large. Therefore, for evangelism to be successful, we must find a way to combat this unwillingness.

While considering how to improve this situation, the author stumbled upon a concept that he believed to have great promise. The concept is simple: once per week for a set number of weeks, a newsletter is delivered to the doors of a predetermined area. This newsletter is delivered without any overt attempt at conversation with the residents at that time. At the end of the series, a traditional door-knocking is held in conjunction with the delivery of the final edition of the newsletter. The rationale for this approach is straightforward.

RATIONALE

First, the newsletters allow Biblical topics to be introduced to the audience over a series of weeks rather than minutes.

This method allows far more information to be presented to the audience than could ever be presented under the more limited time constraints of a traditional door-knocking. In a traditional door-knocking, time is often very limited. This can make it almost impossible to convey the gravity and content of the Gospel message to a busy or distracted mind. Thus time can become the primary factor leading to unwillingness in the target audience. By using a series of newsletters delivered over several weeks, much more material is presented and much more time is available for its consideration. In this way, many who will not grasp the importance of the message during a traditional door-knocking may be reached by a much more complete, thorough, and systematic presentation of Gospel.

This method allows the reader to evaluate the information without the sense of pressure or discomfort that naturally attends a "door-step" discussion. Often, those who knock doors are met with a "who are you/no sales please" response from their audience. This natural, guarded skepticism works against the one attempting to present the Gospel. A series of newsletters changes that dynamic by allowing the recipients to review the material at their own pace, on their own terms, in the comfort and the privacy of their own homes. Ideally, those who review the material in this manner will feel more comfortable and less threatened. This in turn should allow those who would be defensive or unresponsive "at the door" to be more open and honest in their private consideration of the material.

Second, the use of newsletters should help to facilitate the door-knocking event that will take place at the end of the series.

This method should help foster some sense of familiarity. One major reason that door-knockers are turned away is because they are unknown to the intended audience. The person who answers the door has no idea what the person on their step is "selling" and is often not eager to find out. By making an extensive part of what we believe and teach known to the audience over the preceding weeks, the Christians who eventually do the door-knocking should not be viewed as completely unknown strangers. Instead, they will be connected in the mind of the recipient with a specific body of Biblical doctrines. Though that recipient may accept, reject, or question those doctrines, he should be much less likely to reject the door-knocker as unknown.

This method should facilitate discussion on the part of the audience. As noted above, the individuals approached during the final door-knocking should ideally have some point or points they have read in the newsletters that will spark their interest. Whether they are in opposition or agreement or simply have questions, this weeks long period of study and reflection should provide them with specific points they want to pursue.

This method should facilitate discussion for the Christian doing the door-knocking. One of the drawbacks for most Christians who engage in door-knocking is the feeling that they need to be ready to answer any and all potential topics of discussion that may come up at a stranger's door. While such is not true, that feeling is overwhelming for some and discourages them from participation. By utilizing this new approach, as discussed above, points of discussion should ideally focus on the topics discussed in the newsletters. Thus, a familiarization with that material will give the door-knocker confidence in his ability to handle the discussions or questions that will most likely arise.

CONCLUSION

While no method of evangelism is ever 100 percent successful, by allowing an extended time for consideration and familiarity between the Christians and their audience, this method of newsletter evangelism may help to begin conversations and "open doors" where other methods have failed. The ultimate goal is to provide another tool that can be used to help bring the gospel of Christ to the lost.

BACK TO TOP



If you have any questions about something you found on this page or anything else, please use our Contact Page to let us know!

BACK TO TOP

Thanks For Your Help!

Your feedback and assistance in this effort is valuable and greatly appreciated.