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Ambassadors’ Academy #14: The “Shaadaap!” Game

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I made my team of eight men go through the evangelistic ringer at the 14th Ambassadors’ Academy training—and no one died! I tried my best to make them flinch, pout or weep uncontrollably, but, alas, it was all for naught.

From “standing on the box” in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater to preaching at stop lights and in elevators, these guys proved their mettle.

They were willing to try new things, too, like “BusStop”: When a bus pulls up to its stop, commuters get on, and the evangelist runs aboard handing out as many Gospel tracts as possible before the bus leaves with him on it (we always get permission from the bus driver).

But everyone’s favorite was the “Shaadaap! Game.” Would-be  heralds were scored on a Pass/Fail basis when they preached atop cement trash cans dotted along Main Street in Huntington Beach. If one of the men preached a one minute sermon and was not disrupted by an annoyed listener, they would fail. If someone yelled “Shaadaap!” while they lifted their voices like trumpets toward the outside eateries, they’d pass. A “Shaaaaadaaaaap!” was worth double.

My team graduated this boot camp with flying colors and are now released to create Gospel havoc in their own communities!

If you are attending the Academy in June or August, I’d love to have you on my team. Just email Tony Miano at the Academy and make your request. Look forward to meeting you.

Congratulations to (from top left clockwise): Ed Lopez, Glenn Parker, me, Chris Poindexter, Paul Beese, Brian Harris, Paul Adams, Chris Chumita, and Mark Graham.

10 Comments

  1. Hi Pastor Steve,

    Thank you so much for your insight on evangelism this weekend. I was so stretched out of my comfort zone that I can’t even see how far back behind me it is!

    You are a great mentor and I hope you can remain my mentor even though we are done with academy #14. Much gratitude!

    Grace & peace,
    Ed

    PS – Elevator evangelism was probably the most fun sharing the gospel I’ve ever had!

  2. If one of the men preached a one minute sermon and was not disrupted by an annoyed listener, they would fail. If someone yelled “Shaadaap!” while they lifted their voices like trumpets toward the outside eateries, they’d pass. A “Shaaaaadaaaaap!” was worth double.

    I think you guys get off on being jerks. You’re not happy until someone gets annoyed and then you can cry persecution.

    • You have to understand, Perdita, this was a way to condition them to get over their fears. If they could preach this way there, they could preach anywhere. Not that they would preach this way anywhere else, but they could.

  3. Selling tracts and classes in distrbution of said tracts/gospel.

    Jesus is good business, I take it?

  4. Azou,

    Doesn’t it cost you money to buy cartiridges for your computer printer? When you go out of town, and don’t stay with relatives, doesn’t it cost you money for a hotel and food?

    I can assure you no one is living in a mansion or driving a BMW from the “profits” of printing up tracts or the Ambassadors Academy. In fact, Pastor Steve does not get paid to lead a group. It is done for the love of the lost and out of obedience to God.

  5. Steve said: You have to understand, Perdita, this was a way to condition them to get over their fears.

    Yes, I agree it’s a way to condition them… but, I would say it has more to do with reinforcing in-group loyalty.

    Not that they would preach this way anywhere else, but they could.

    And why would they want to go out of their way to piss people off?

    Elevator evangelizing – also jerky behavior. Steve, anytime you’re cornering people where they can’t leave (like, oh for example, an elevator) or where it would be difficult to leave (maybe, perhaps in the middle of lunch at a restaurant), then you’re behaving like a jerk.

  6. lol SeedSowerJoy, the Living Waters Honchos are quite well paid, probably in part because they can get people like Steve to work for free. It’s public record just like the Voice of Martyrs is public record.

  7. BathTub,

    There are no “honchos” at Living Waters and know for a fact that Ray Comfort does not live in a mansion or drive a fancy car. In fact, he rides a bicycle to work. Does the “public record” also show what portion of their “profits” is used to produce and air episodes of “The Way of The Maser” TV series?

  8. Apparently my 100% public knowledge statement answer to your question wasn’t allowed by Steve.

  9. I remember Steve taking team #11 on a trip called “Steve says”. One thing I know, in God’s word it says “He that believeth not is condemned already” John 3:18.
    If you saw a toddler drowning in a pool, you would do everything in your power to save that toddler. It would not matter if the toddler knew the danger they were in or not. The bible says that all who do not have the Son are in greater danger than losing their life.
    100 years from now it is not going to matter what car you drove, how pretty you looked, how strong you were, how educated you became, how much money you had, where you lived, the color of your skin, etc. and etc.. All that matter is did you know the Son and if you did, How did you serve the Lord?
    Thanks Steve for the love you have for others. May the Lord bless your efforts to reach the lost. May He bless your efforts to wake up our brother and sisters in Christ.

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