Our Values: Evangelism
Evangelism is one of the highest values that fuels our movement. We’ve seen God do so much when we step out in faith to share the gospel. We want to see it continue to make it integral to everything we do in Destino. There are two main reasons (among many others) why we have Evangelism as a core value:
- God is moving in the Latino community. This past year 1 in 5 Latinos we would share the gospel with would indicate a decision to trust Christ. (And that’s not just because we shared with 5 people. We actually gave over 350 people a personal opportunity to hear about Jesus and respond to Him this year.) If you haven’t read it yet, you ought to read “Take the Destino Statistic Challenge” for more stories of how God has been working. It would be a shame after seeing Him move not to be consistently sharing the gospel. It would feel like a wasted opportunity.
- We want to be a movement. If we are only drawing in Christians then we will never truly be a movement. We have to be sharing the gospel with people who have not heard it. In Destino we never want to be satisfied with the 99 who are already found, we want to keep searching for the 1 who is still lost. If we ever stop having Evangelism at the core of our movement then we will cease to be who God has called us to be.
Here are some diagnostic questions to help you see if Evangelism is a priority in your movement:
- What percentage of students involved in your movement came to faith in college? (with you or another ministry)
- On average, how many times do you share your faith in a month?
- Think about your top student leaders. Do they live an evangelistic life? (You will multiply what your leaders are doing, or not doing.)
We still have a long way to go to see this truly lived out in our movement. Currently not everyone involved shares their faith, but we are moving in that direction. We have a hard time following up people and seeing them stay involved. We’re continually trying new ways to help people connect better. But evangelism is so important to us that we feel it is worth doing poorly, rather than not at all.