Keller’s top ten evangelism tips

Here are Tim Keller’s top ten tips for personal evangelism:

  1. Let people around you know you are a Christian (in a natural, unforced way)
  2. Ask friends about their faith – and just listen!
  3. Listen to your friends’ problems – maybe offer to pray for them
  4. Share your problems with others – testify to how your faith helps you
  5. Give them a book to read
  6. Share your story
  7. Answer objections and questions
  8. Invite them to a church event
  9. Offer to read the Bible with them
  10. Take them to an explore course

He apparently goes on to say that we too often start with 8-10 because we think these are what count as true evangelism, but we need to start with 1-4 with most people. Indeed we may need to loop through them several times before we can move on to 5-10.

HT: Salternlite



11 thoughts on “Keller’s top ten evangelism tips

  1. Good morning Tim. I’ve been reading through your book on the Trinity and have found it absolutely EXCELLENT. Or should I contextualize my comment and say “brilliant.” (We do learn some things when we visit TCH.) Regardless, it is a book I’d unhesitatingly give to any layman or any academic; it is a small book and yet rich with insight. But most of all, it brings back onto our spiritual radar screen a long neglected and overlooked foundational stone of our faith. I was especially struck with the necessity of the Trinity in the work of the cross. I feel like I had been looking at my salvation through black and white, mono dimensional glasses. Now it is in color and in 3D. Thanks for this stimulus to my growth into Christ-likeness.

    Please give our greetings to Helen, Katie and Hannah. We sincerely appreciated the time we had with you and them.

    I hope you enjoyed your Diamond Jubilee celebration.


  2. I think many of the points that Tim Keller brings up are good, however, if they were to become a list of rules that an enthusiastic Christian should apply to their lifestyle I feel they would quickly run into trouble and perhaps even give up personal evangelism altogether.
    I’m convinced that evangelism when done in such a mechanical way may be done out of guilt, and when it is it will cause those we are reaching out to, to run.

    I feel a better way is to become more naturally passionate about the Lord within ourselves, pray for doors of opportunity to open up for us through developing natural friendships with people and listening to both the spirit within and those we are befriending. We must go at the same pace as the Spirit and the person we are trying to reach and not at our speed-some people will move faster than others. We must develop a mindset that we ourselves are the living epistle and little Christ to those we seek to win for the Lord.

  3. Fair play to you both,though there are good ways and bad ways of ‘preaching’ the gospel. Reaching the lost is the goal of all our hearts and to be able to bring people to the point where they are ready to receive the message is a gift we need to develop. It would be great if all we had to do was preach the four spiritual laws or tell them ‘four things God wants you to know’ and they would fall down and repent of their sins. Though I’ve seen some people who were like apples ready to be plucked off the tree and who came to faith almost immediately, I’ve found conversion to be more of a process than a crisis with most coming to faith over a period of time. As it has been said ‘people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care’.

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  6. Hi Tim, we (a group of students from Gran Canaria, Spain) have been discussing Tim Keller´s top ten tips on evangelism. Do you think he means that we are to follow this strict order? He seems to make a distinction between 1-4, 5-7 and 8-10. But should inviting someone to a church event necessarily come before asking someone to read the bible with them. Is that correct? Also, what is a church event- a church service? Thanks

  7. I cannot claim to know the mind of Keller! But I wouldn’t get too hung up on the order. I think he highlights numbers 1-4 because we too often assume we must begin with one of numbers 5-10. But each person if different and we are always responding to circumstances and conversations that we do not control. So respond with whatever seems appropriate at the time.

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