Thursday 4 April 2013

Supposing a street evangelist got to be the President of the Baptist Union?

Supposing a street evangelist got to be the President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain? If you strained your credulity , you could, I suppose, just about imagine this happening with Southern Baptists in the USA. But even there that would be going some. In Britain, it's nearly on a par with having a Street Evangelist as Archbishop of Canterbury. It just isn't going to happen......Except it just did. And Chris Duffett has in fact just spent the last 12 months as the President of the Baptist Union.

My father attended Chris's meeting in Chesham and was so taken with it, he ordered the CD message.
And here it is in two parts. It really is the most laid back talk on street evangelism in Britain that I have ever heard from an Englishman, apart from Rohan Barton,John Stevens and Paul Noble. One of the only ones I have heard like it was in 1972 and that was Arthur Blessitt who is American anyway.

I really recommend you listen to this to catch Chris's heart, both in part one, the main talk, and the great answers to questions he gives in Part two.

For more details here is Chris's webpage on the subject of his BIG HEARTED TOUR

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My big hearted tour isn’t as rock and roll as it sounds…

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I wrote this blog for The Baptist Union of Great Britain web site:

Rock stars go on tour. As do authors and artists. Comedian’s sell-out stadiums night after night, on tour. Even though I may sound a bit like Michael McIntyre now and again, my big hearted tour is far from a sell-out! In fact, some events I speak at only just about attract double figures. Evangelism just isn’t a popular topic and while I have tried to disguise the fact that I am indeed an evangelist and therefore what I do is evangelism by calling my tour ‘big hearted,’ many Baptists seem to have caught wind that my tour contains that dreaded ‘e’ word. And for most of us evangelism is just plain downright uncomfortable. And scary. And embarrassing. And… anyway, you get the idea, the list could go on.
This discomfort was epitomised over breakfast before a training day I led recently with the students at the IMC in Birmingham. “So, I hear you’re an evangelist.” One young lady said as I munched on my muesli.’ I nodded. “I hear you’re going to make us do some evangelism on the streets.” I nodded again. She looked alarmed as I confirmed her greatest fear and with panic in her eyes she cried, “so, you’re going to make us preach on the streets?!” I reassured her that we were going to have lots of fun and we wouldn’t be bible-bashing people, rather prompting people’s questions as to why we were doing what we were doing. I’m chuffed that over the long day the students had a great time and we were able to meet lots of people who were willing to hear good news and they even met some people were grateful to have met Christians who were prepared to pray for them. I love it when we realise that not only have we got good news, but there are heaps and heaps of people who are gagging for hope and are pleased to hear it.

Anyway, back to the tour. One evening event I spoke at recently only attracted a smallamount of people and I must admit that my attitude stunk. I thought ‘where are all the people?!’ I had to pray and confess my stinky outlook on the evening. As I did so a thought rattled around my mind about not ‘despising the day of the small things’ (a somewhat obscure verse from Zechariah.) After the service rather than everyone galloping off to get their biscuit and brew they spent time talking and hanging around, I was asked to pray with a young man who wanted Jesus to heal him and then another young man who asked to be filled with the Spirit and then another man who was on his third visit to the church who wanted desperately to become a Christian and then another who needed to talk and pray through some tough times. I was somewhat humbled. Especially when I received an email a couple of days later saying: ‘I believe you came at the right time. It could always be coincidence but it would be an unlikely one that you are brought to the church on the day that I find myself carving open my mind and heart to God.’
Yes, my tour may not be as glam as it may sound as I visit every association, yet God is wonderfully doing what a wonderful God does and is meeting us and changing us as we seek to be big hearted.

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