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Church leaders sincerely want to see their people evangelize. Many of them, however, do not regularly share their faith and neither do their church members. The reason is rather simple. A church is more likely to do what leaders do than what leaders say. It's one thing to say "evangelize." It's another thing to say, "Follow me as I evangelize."

Doing evangelism and not just talking about it is not only necessary practically, it is also essential biblically. Paul exhorted his protégé Timothy, "Do the work of an evangelist" (2 Tim. 4:5). In another epistle, church leaders are told to be "examples to the flock" (1 Pet. 5:3).

Note also, the first thing Christ taught His disciples: "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19).

If one is going to be a disciple of Christ, he must in some way be involved in evangelism — church leaders included.

How does a church leader whose schedule is packed take time out evangelize? Simply put, he can't. There is no more time to give. The answer is not taking time out of your schedule, but simply working non-Christians into your schedule. There are all kinds of possibilities.

Recreational Activities. Church leaders need to take time out to unwind and get needed physical exercise. These occasions often provide good opportunities to invite non-Christians to join you. It may be running, hiking, fishing, hunting, or racquetball, but whatever your choice of activity try to do it with unbelievers.

Meal Times. Lunch and dinner times also bring opportunities to spend time with unbelievers. Everyone loves to eat! Invite them to join you for lunch at a restaurant or even dinner in your home. It’s amazing how much quicker people open up across a table laden with food. Try lunch out one-on-one with a person who seems reluctant to open up in front of other family members. Meeting in your own home is often effective as well because you have the opportunity to direct the conversation to any topic you choose.

But who do you invite? All kinds of people should come to mind. It might be someone from the company who prints your church bulletins or the technician who services the church's printer.  Stretch your mind and think of other possibilities such as the gas station attendant, hardware store personnel, electrician, hairstylist, barber, etc. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that non-Christians are not interested in entering the home of a preacher. I've not found that to be the case. They often wonder what the inside of a preacher's home looks like and whether there is an angel or idol sitting in the corner.

The point I'm making is that there is no shortage of opportunities for church leaders to be examples in evangelism. And once again, leading by example is essential. People are more apt to follow what you do than what you say.

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