You Can Do Evangelism!


It may be one of the most important things that I have ever read. . .

It was in a book called “What’s Gone Wrong with the Harvest?” by James F. Engel and Wilbert Norton.  It has become known as the Engel Scale and you can see it above.

This simple chart has the power to release you into ministry that will change people’s lives.  It has power to cancel out your excuses and dissolve your fears.  It can change your definition of successful evangelism.

First, let me clearly state the problem:  95% of us who love Jesus Christ will never lead another person to faith in Him.  This has to change.

We are paralyzed by our definition.  We believe evangelism must lead to the person receiving Jesus Christ on the spot for it to be successful.

Now let me explain the Engel Scale.  10 at the top represents the person who is the farthest from a relationship with Jesus Christ.  The number 5 might be a person who is willing to listen to you tell them about Jesus.  A 2 or a 1 is someone who is ripe to receive Christ and encounter salvation.

Here’s the amazingly freeing truth of the Engel Scale:  Successful evangelism is moving someone from a 10 to a 9!  Did you know that on average, 26 people have shared the love of Jesus with an individual before they received salvation?  The person that helped them move from a 7 to a 6 is no less important than the person who helped them move from a 1 to salvation!

So let’s just do it!  Let’s share the love of Jesus freely and feel the success of faithfulness!

Oh, and by the way, salvation is not the end of evangelism.  We are called to make disciples, not just converts!  Let’s help people move all the way down the scale to -10…a fully mature, wholly sanctified, reproducing follower of Christ!

We get to do this!


About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (, a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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