On May 8th my team and I present Stories From The Shack. We think this show provides people who want to “keep the conversation about spirituality going” a rare opportunity to invite their friends to something that’s authentic and non manipulative. It will be fun, entertaining and deep. Instead of projecting one point of view it will provide people common ground to “continue the conversation”. We don’t think you’ll have ever experienced anything quite like it. It’s evangelism without the distasteful parts. You don’t want to miss it. Get Tickets
1. It legitimizes my enthusiasm
I can openly admit that I care. I can own my passion. I can broadcast my desire for others to care. I get to be passionate and passionate people always have the biggest influence.
2. It rescues me from my biggest fear
One of our top three fears (you can choose the other two) is “what will people think if they find out __________ about me.” Evangelism frees me from this anachronistic social convention .The reality is that if someone is thinking about you, it’s only temporary since life will see to it that they’ll soon be back to thinking about themself.
3. It’s reduces my counseling bills
How can I be “me” and still be part of a “we”. People spend millions of dollars paying “professional friends” (a.k.a. psychotherapists) to help them “explore” this dichotomy. Evangelism lets me do it for free. It forces me to sit with the tension of being true to myself while still staying connected to you.
4. It broadens me intellectually
I become a student of human beings, an amateur sociologist and cultural anthropologist. I have to read, think and reflect on how human beings actually change their minds about things that are important to them. I become an avid student of evangelism experts regardless of their field of practice.
5. It keeps me honest
Evangelism is the act of attempting to change a person’s mind from one point of view to another. The person doing the evangelizing believes that the other person’s life will be improved if they “convert”. Evangelism forces me to say out loud what everyone else believes namely that the world would be a better place if you ate the food, bought the clothes, voted for the candidates, cheered the teams, drove the car or watched the reality shows that I do. Others deny they do this but evangelism practitioners celebrate it.
6. It keeps me humble
Given my inability to objectively “prove” what I believe to be true, I’m forced to admit what I don’t know and acknowledge the mystery of life. My beliefs are run through the sieve called your reality and I’m left with all a human can honestly claim, which is faith, hope and trust. This turns out to be all I actually need and provides me confidence without arrogance. I learn to pull the plank out of my own eye before getting the tweezers out to work on the splinter in yours. I stop comparing my best with your worst. I identify as a conversionist but refuse to become conversionistic.
7. It pulls me into dialog
Evangelism isn’t the business of closing people it’s the art of continuing the conversation. It’s not debate it’s dialog. I learn to be unusually interested in others. I notice, engage with and listen to people without judgment. I “stay in the room with difference” meaning while holding my own view I explore our differences with curiosity and respect seeking to learn what you can teach me. I host the conversation without controlling it and I resist anything that is contrived or manipulative. I never treat someone the way I would not want to be treated myself even at the risk of not converting them to my view.