For many United Methodists, evangelism is an uneasy word. It conjures images of someone on a busy street corner handing out Bible tracts or perhaps a missionary on the doorstep interrupting an already-hectic Saturday morning.
Neither situation is necessarily Wesleyan, explained the Rev. Heather Heinzman Lear, the director of evangelism ministries for the United Methodist Board of Discipleship. Lear has made it her mission to give United Methodists a new vantage point on evangelism — as an essential part of Christian discipleship.
“Jesus came to teach us how to live and to announce the Kingdom of God is at hand,” she said. And to truly share and live out that good news requires developing relationships with people. Read UMNS reporter Heather Hahn’s story.