It comes to mind that most times we speak of evangelism as a conscious and pre-meditated activity. We evangelise people, we try and get them to see our point of view, to be more open to God, to recognise that they need something that we have…
Youth Ministry seen as evangelism becomes motive-driven, we do this as an evangelical program, we run cams so that we can evangelise.
Mission with an evangelical motive is similar, we enter into a community, run a program, enter into a relationship with a evangelical motive.
So, the question…
Is it possible that in order to really enter into relationship with those that we feel called to we need to release ourselves from the notion that we are doing it to evangelise? Do we need to release ourselves from that motive completely? Can you remove yourself from it completely?
Some may ask me again what makes this kind of relationship “christian” and I would say that “you do by being Christian”, but in order for the relationship to be truly christian you need to release yourself from the burden of evangelism.
This is not to say that those you are in relationship with won’t enter into dialogue with you about religion or faith, or that you’d shy away from it when it comes up. It also doesn’t mean that you won’t celebrate if they do decide at some stage of your relaionship to “become christian” but it does mean that you’re in the relationship because you want to be without all the thought and pretense that you may have regularly had with someone you’re only pretending to be in relationship with in order to help them believe.
I’m not talking about cheap grace here, I’m talking about non-purpose-driven relationships.
Is it possible (of course it is, but is it possible as a youth minister, in church, etc…)