What is communal evangelism?
Communal evangelism refers to the practice of sharing and living out the Gospel in and through the community. The community leans into the gifts of hospitality and relationships to invite people to follow Jesus with them. It recognizes that many Asian Americans follow a journey of Belong – Engage – Commit or “BEC” when they start following Jesus, where belonging sets the foundation for engaging spiritually and committing to faith. In communal evangelism, every part of the community can contribute to the mission.
Why do this on your campus?
- To embody God’s hospitality to campus by leaning into Asian American gifts of hospitality, community, and relationship.
- To value and empower many gifts within the community for evangelism.
- To appreciate the importance of “social” gatherings for outreach (they are missional!).
- To honor and hold people’s stories and journeys with genuine care as a community.
- To partner with the Holy Spirit and experience the joy of seeing God move in your community.
Who should use this toolkit?
While this toolkit was developed by InterVarsity’s Asian American Ministries with Asian American contexts in mind, we think that the principles of communal evangelism can apply to many different cultures and contexts. And because of the diversity within the Asian American community, we often encourage our staff, students, and faculty to contextualize these resources for their own particular situations. So if you find these resources helpful, please feel free to use them and to tweak and contextualize as you go.
The Communal Evangelism Toolkit
The communal evangelism toolkit has four pieces of training that are based on the BEC Ramp, so we recommend starting with the BEC Ramp and then proceed through the rest of the training below.