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Servant Evangelism

Updated on January 24, 2015
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

Ever known a mean Christian? Ever met someone walking out of a church that was rude and demanding? I’ve known many (might have been one myself on some days). Just like anyone else, we have bad days. Now, that is no excuse for such behavior. I’ll be the first to admit that. But the reason is that we are just so blasted human! But we are to try to rise above that. Why? Because how is anyone supposed to see Christ in us when we refuse to let Him shine? Unfortunately, many only see Christians as judgmental hypocrites that just want to be right. But like many groups, the ones that do not reflect the true core teachings are the ones that give the world the image they see. Christ taught love and sacrifice. But over the years those characteristics started to get pushed under the rug. Servant Evangelism gives Christians the chance to bring them back as the cornerstone of life.

Churches have forgotten many of Christ’s messages and examples. Being a humble servant is one that has had dramatic consequences. Jesus performed the “low” job of washing the dirty feet of His followers as they sat down to eat. He brought others’ needs before His own and showed His love for them through these various acts.

Through servant evangelism a Christian performs acts of servanthood (or surprising acts of kindness) to others including complete strangers to show them how much they are loved and the true image of Christ. Through servant evangelism the hope is to show others the loving side of Jesus and possibly strike up a conversation about where they stand spiritually.

I think that the best way to describe servant evangelism is to go right into some examples and talk about the effects they have. Keep in mind that these are just a few of the millions of ideas that can be implemented.

· Smoke Alarm Batteries – During daylight savings when the fire department is reminding everyone to change the batteries in their smoke alarms, go by homes and drop off batteries with a note attached telling them your church or organizations name and other pertinent information.

· Trash can return – After the trash man has made his weekly visit, don’t just bring your back up to the house to its proper place. Bring up your neighbor’s or a stranger’s. Save them a walk to the curb.

· Doggie Cleanup – This is true servanthood. Volunteer to clean up the “little gifts” their dog has left in their yard. No one wants to do this job. They’ll be thankful and curious.

· Flower Seeds – Around Easter/springtime hand out free packets of flower seeds as a way to welcome the new season.

· Water Bottle Giveaway – At an outdoor event with hot weather hand out free water bottles to quench everyone’s thirst.

· Public toilet cleaning – This one is another true servant’s act. Volunteer to clean the toilet of a local bar, gas station, or restaurant. It really gets people’s attention and brings some humility to your own life

If you are near a college campus, volunteer to help the students move or clean up their dorms. Live where there are a lot of fishermen? Give away free bait at the boat landing or offer free pictures of their catch. The whole purpose of this is to help someone where they need it and where they rarely get it. It can be as simple as paying for the coffee for the person behind you as you pay for yours and not even tell them (let the clerk surprise them) to the more physically demanding job of cleaning out someone’s garage. It brings the person who is performing the act to a healthy encounter of humility and therefore closer to God while the recipient is blessed by being served and maybe even wanting to know the person better. Most churches do these as a way to reach those that are unchurched. But I found that I enjoy doing some of these just to remind myself that it is not supposed to be about me.

How can you reach out to others today? How about handing a free coffee to the stressed out store clerk? How about taking in the carts from the parking lot when it is raining so the guys in the store don’t have to? Show others that you care. Take a few moments out of your busy schedule and notice the needs of others.


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      Slave2ChristJesus 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Hello! From working with servant evangelism, I believe the most important thing is to remember to add the Gospel as part of the service project. Simply serving without sharing the Good News is something that even non believers can do. A good idea if doing servant evengelism in a group is to desegnate one person to specifically share the Gospel or hand out tracks. Thanks for sharing!

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      TJBaruch 7 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      A nice hub! Servant Evangelism is a powerful way of "demonstrating" the gospel of Jesus. You've given me another hub idea... Thanks!

      Peace to you and Happy New Year!

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Eddie, I would gladly be your neighbor :)

      I'm always so ashamed when Christians act so selfish and mean. We've got to get back to the root of our faith - loving Him more than ourselves.

      In our church plant, we are trying to make sure that servant evangelism is a basic part of our DNA.

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      Eddie Perkins 8 years ago


      You wouldn’t consider moving next door to me and being my neighbor would you?

      Seriously, these are great examples and they remind me of one of the biggest I’ve ever heard and that was in Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Church”. 

      Rick mentions how our churches refuse to budge from our traditions to reach the lost world.  The biggie is our favorite music.  That made me step back and take a hard look at myself.  Who will reach my children and grandchildren if we are not willing to make sacrifices?  

      Our churches need to practice sacrificial servant evangelism within our own walls as an example. Not long ago, the Sunday school class I was a part of refused to move tables out of the room to create room for visitors because “it was an inconvenience”. 

      I’m certain most of us could make a long list of things we could change in our churches and personal lives.

      One thing I try to practice is volunteering to take pictures of couples and families on vacation.  When they come home it looks like each one went on vacation by themselves.  I’ve made some great friends this way and on occasion I’ve had the opportunity to witness to them.

      This is a great hub and has set me to thinking.  Thanks. ~ eddie

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      We all that need reminder. Doing these actions are such blessings to ourselves.

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      childcen 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting examples of on servant evangelism. In the world we live in, there are so much of the 'me first' attitude. Serving others and putting them first do not come naturally. I must admit that sometimes i am guilty of that as well. Its always a constant reminder to reflect the Christ in us - daily.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      You are so very right! He is supposed to be our example, but like any time a human gets involved we tend to start messing with things! We did an event recently and the locals were so shocked that very few took advantage of it. One person said that they could not believe that a church would do something just out of kindness. Now, that is a shame.

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      BDazzler 8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      The church I attend is a huge proponent of servant evangelism. "Our way of showing God's love for you ... no strings attached." A lot of people don't realize Matthew 4:24 comes before Matthew 5 for a reason. Jesus was the original servant evangelist!