10 ‘tests’ of Gospel Ministry

Tim Chester has posted about 10 ‘tests’ of gospel ministry which can be found in Roy Joslin’s book Urban Harvest.  Here they are:

1. Are we placing the responsibility on the believers to evangelise or on the unbelievers to come and be evangelised?

2. Do our church members in their daily witness see themselves as the principal agents in evangelism, seven days a week and all hours of the day, or do they think that the chief responsibility lies with the preacher in his ‘one-hour-a-week’ gospel service and sermon?

3. Are all our church members capable of giving a ‘reason for the hope’ that is in them? Can they with simplicity and accuracy articulate their faith? If not, why not? Where does the fault lie?

4. Are our church membership and congregation socially representative of the community in which it is located? If not, why not?

5. How far has our gospel outreach become ‘introverted’ evangelism?

6. Are our methods of evangelism unfairly selective? Have we been guilt of a form of favouritism without realizing it?

7. In our evangelism generally do we make it our policy, as far as possible, to introduce people to the gospel first before we seek to introduce them to the church? Is it spiritually realistic to expect an unbeliever who is without spiritual life and understanding to share meaningfully in the worship aspects of an evangelistic service in order to hear the gospel?

8. If our church is located in a community which is partly or predominately working class, do any aspects of our evangelism take into account the phenomenon of ‘solidarity’ which is an important feature of working-class culture?

9. Do the methods of evangelism we currently employ reflect an awareness of the need to have a careful balance between ‘instruction’ and ‘persuasion’? 

10. Do we in our local churches have any policy for regularly reviewing the opportunities that we have and thought we ought to use? Are we able to make a calculated and spiritual assessment of the opportunities presented by a number of forms of evangelism?