D-MinOut-EvangelismI’m not an evangelist or a pastor. I’m not even a Bible teacher or a youth minister. I’m a filmmaker, attempting to do the near-impossible for my films. I attempt to visibly film an invisible God. 

Having traveled the world to make my first three feature films, Finger of God, Furious Love and Father of Lights, it’s probably safe to say that the last six years have given me a new perspective and quite an education on what God is doing around the world, as well as which evangelism methods are working, and which ones are seemingly slogging through quicksand. 

The politically correct statement here would be to say that as long as those trying to evangelize are preaching the basics of the gospel, then we should just be happy, no matter their methods. But I can’t help but wonder if one form of evangelism is more effective than another. 

I suppose the question we must first answer is: What exactly are you hoping to accomplish in your evangelism? For most of my life, the goal was always to lead someone to salvation—in essence, to get them to sign on the dotted line. Your ability to either get a lot of people or a few to sign would ultimately determine whether you and your outreach were truly “effective.” But having been witness to some of the most incredible God moments ever caught on film for the past six years, I wonder if maybe our job isn’t to go out and create converts, but rather to be authentic dispensers of love.

Consider the Parable of the Sower. In Luke 8:5-8, Jesus tells the story of the sower, giving us an image of someone randomly spreading seed. Jesus then explains the parable, telling us that the seed is the Word of God. We, then, are the dispensers of that seed. What’s the best way to dispense that seed? Do we stand on a street corner and preach? Or do we simply do nice things for people, such as build houses? Do we try to talk people into accepting the seed intellectually? Do we prove God’s existence and love through signs and wonders and miracles? I contend that the path is not as important as the motive.

We are called to be sowers of the seed, not necessarily reapers. But it seems that the church as a whole is preoccupied with reaping a harvest, especially a harvest they many times have no intention of planting, tilling and fertilizing. We want the crop but without the mess of farming. Too often, when our motivation is for results, the evangelism becomes more for us than it does for the people to whom we’re witnessing.

When the motivation is love with no motive behind it, the results drastically change. If some of the seed is ready to be harvested, wonderful. If the seed is still blooming, great. If we’re simply planting on new soil, great. Our goal must never be to reap a harvest but instead to plant the Word of God.

No one wants to be someone’s project or goal. Everyone wants to be loved. As God’s agents here on earth, we’re called to love the one in front of us without an agenda. It is the greatest seed we will ever sow.    

Darren Wilson is the founder of Wanderlust Productions and the creator of the film trilogy Father of Lights, Finger of God and Furious Love. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at Judson University, where he worked as a class professor before moving into film production full time. 

Leaders are readers! Subscribe now and get 3 magazines for the price of 1. Get Ministry Today, Charisma and SpiritLed Woman all for $24. YES - I'm a leader!

Ministry Today Subscription Special - Subscribe to Ministry Today magazine today and get 12 issues (2 full years) plus Amplified Leadership, a free leadership book for only $24.

Your Turn

Comment Guidelines
  • Discouragement can be a serious struggle.

    Guard Your Spirit Against These 4 Crippling Attacks

    Are you struggling this Valentine's Day with one of these discouraging issues?

  • Worship leaders, keep your team's attitude in check.

    This Can Quickly Erode a Worship Team's Culture

    God has given us talent and He calls for excellence, but excellence with this is not honoring ...

  • A 'What's in it for me?' mentality could bring your church down.

    The Mentality That May Be Killing Your Church

    And we wonder why so many congregations are stagnated, plateaued or declining.

  • Why Many Christians Misunderstand This Crucial Leadership Trait

    Great leadership doesn't start with a great education, although that is incredibly valuable. ...

  • Start a Wildfire of Spiritual Growth in Your Church

    Start a Wildfire of Spiritual Growth in Your Church

    Watch how God can take one spark and turn it into a wildfire that impacts your ministry, your community and even future generations.

  • What reasons can you think of that leaders might not choose to delegate authority?

    7 Reasons Some Leaders Dump Delegation

    These could have a lot to do with stalled growth and low team morale.

  • Your Source of Unlimited Kingdom Energy and Power

    Jesus said that we can do greater works than He did and that He will do whatever we ask in His Name.

  • Don't bring your sermons in for a crash landing.

    4 Terrible Ways to Close a Sermon

    People need an opportunity to respond to the Word of God.

  • These seven responses can get you on the right track.

    Responding Like Jesus When Your Church Kicks You Out

    It's a pain that many in the ministry have felt at least once and maybe more.

Use Desktop Layout
Ministry Today Magazine — Serving and empowering church leaders