Chicken Evangelist

We recently returned from a trip to Texas.  Loved the church we visited!  The pastor had written a book I couldn’t wait to read:  The Adventures of a Chicken Evangelist, by Steve Nelson. It told of his experiences during 40 days of evangelism.  He asked the question we all have, “Can a chicken overcome his fears?”

The book did not disappoint!  Every chapter brought laughter along with encouragement and hope.   Yes there IS hope for those who are fearful of sharing their faith—as he was. Uh, did I mention he is a pastor?

I’m beginning to believe that pastors are most comfortable sharing their faith with people who come to their church and listen to them teach.  Going out and doing “cold-turkey evangelism” as he calls it,  is difficult for most, even pastors.  Yet Jesus told us to GO into all the world and preach the gospel.  He did not tell us to wait until they come to us.

Steve Nelson was compelled to obey God’s Word and go.  He would bring along one of his eight kids or his wife. They went to parks, malls, the ice cream shop, wherever there were people he could engage.

He went out fearfully, but he went.  Just as with anything, the more he did it, the easier it became.  There were some disappointments, but there were wonderful, unexpected successes as well.  What joy they experienced as a family!

The book was a delightful read.  In my opinion it’s  a must-read for pastors.  It’s also an excellent resource to help equip the church to be obedient,  e.g., an exciting focus for a small group!

  • http://www.amazon.com/The-Adventures-Chicken-Evangelist-Evangelism/dp/1482393948
  • He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”       Mark 16:15
  • So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.   Ephesians 4:11-12    
  • What about you?  Are you fearless in sharing your faith cold-turkey?  Or are you like most of us—you’d rather leave it to the pastors and missionaries?     
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Chicken Evangelist

  1. Amy says:

    I’m very impressed. Sounds like a great book and the pastor as a great role model. Our pastor also spearheads a team that goes out on Tuesdays to do evangelism. Bless them all, Lord. Amy

  2. Susan says:

    Thanks Kathleen, I am going to order this book. I need all the help I can get. Susan

  3. Larry says:

    Thanks Kathleen,
    I just ordered the book and look forward to reading it.
    Larry

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