(This is an occasional series on conducting Evangelism Classes. Click here for part 1.)
The 50% rule is fairly standard for those who teach evangelism classes. Half of the students drop out before the class is done; in fact, most drop out before the fourth class starts. Why is this?
I have a theory: When you take a theology class, at the end, there won’t be much required of you unless you are asked a very difficult question on doctrine; but in the end, you will certainly be a little smarter.
If you take a course on prayer, by the time you graduate, you will know how to pray. And you aren’t necessarily required to pray out loud or in public. Most will do their duty alone.
But when you enroll in an evangelism training course, you will be required to share your faith at the end of the class. That’s too much to ask for many Christians. They’d rather let those who have “the gift” of evangelism do that.
Hence, a 50% drop out rate!
But you don’t have to settle for that. Create an incentive that appeals to the lazy, the fearful, the type A and type Z person. Make it a competition where the individuals can win—and win big!
There is a valid reason for this: if a person stays the course and completes the classes, does the homework and tries for the prizes, it is likely that they will incorporate evangelism as a way of life.
Here are the incentives I offer. Feel free to adapt them to your classes:
GRADE YOURSELF SHEET
Earn a diploma by attending all 10 classes. (Miss a class? Make it up in a future semester.)
Win prizes by earning points:
THE POINT SYSTEM
1st evangelism outing w/team 05 points
2nd evangelism outing w/team 10 points
3rd evangelism outing w/team 20 points
4th evangelism outing w/team 40 points
5th evangelism outing w/team 100 points
COURSE POINT TOTALS
Daily tracts handed out 50 points
Listen to 3 online teachings 15 points
Verbal Evangelism homework 40 points
Watch 3 online videos 15 points
“Spiritual Plan” Sheet 05 points
Bible study homework 09 points
1 point each time you write a one paragraph E-vangie Tale and post it in the “comments” section of “What’s Your E-vangie Tale? Summer 2011” at www.StoneThePreacher.com There is no limit to these posts.
5 points every time you take someone through “The Good Person Test” using the “WDJD Method.”
1 point for each weekly bible study
18 points for reading “God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life” by Ray Comfort
Grades and Prizes:
0-79 (Win nothing)
80-89 C (Win nothing)
90-99 B (Win 10 Commandments Poster)
100+ A (Win 10 Commandments poster, “Rich Man and Lazarus” 2 CD set by Ray Comfort, “Militant Evangelism” CD by Ray Comfort, “The Greatest Gamble” DVD)
Top of the Class:
A Veg-O-Matic OR all of the above PLUS “The School of Biblical Evangelism Book (101 Lessons)” and a Sample Pack of Tracts, “What Hollywood Believes” Book, “The Greatest Gamble” DVD, “How to Win Your Children to Christ” CD (First time students only.)
EARN A THOUSAND POINTS!
Earn 1,000 points and get all of the above PLUS a hand-carved 10 Commandments Plaque. (First time students only.)
If you’d like to be put on my waiting list to receive my 10 week class notes, email me at PastorSteveAtHope@yahoo.com and give me your mailing address. (I thought I would have these ready by now. Delay after delay….)