What are you doing for Internet Evangelism Day?

Sunday, April 29th is Internet Evangelism Day (IED).  If you’re not familiar with IED, it is a day to bring focus and attention to the vast opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ online.  It’s also a day for Christians to educate themselves and strategize within their organizations about how they can better share their faith online throughout the year.

You don’t have to be an Internet guru, a Bible scholar, or an evangelist to point people to Christ online.  Anyone can do it.  That means you.  It also means that if you are a leader in a church, youth ministry, Bible college, or other Christian organization, everyone in your organization can point people to Christ online.  All they need is a little encouragement and instruction, which you can provide.

Today I want to take just a moment to point you towards some suggested things you can do and tell you what I’ll be doing for IED.

First of all, if you’d like a brief over view of IED, you can read our article from last year about IED.

Second, the IED website has tons of suggestions, resources, and reports from churches and other organizations on what they’ve done in past years.  There are print-outs, statistics, video clips, powerpoint presentations, and more.  Here are some suggestions for which the IED website has resources available:

  • Include an insert in your church bulletin with tips on how to share your faith online and evangelistic websites you can point people to.
  • Do a 5 minute drama/skit during Sunday service about Internet evangelism.
  • Do a 2-10 minute overview of Internet evangelism during the Sunday service.
  • Do a 45-60 minute class or training session during the Bible study hour.
  • Announced and organize a web evangelism team for your church.

The possibilities are endless and can be tailored to the needs and constraints of your specific situation.

What am I doing?
Well, I wasn’t planning on doing much other than being an advocate for IED through this blog.  Then by coincidence (yeah, right) I got a call from Kay, who has been planning the Wednesday evening services at our church.

Just to give you some background, I’m a member of a seeker-friendly church that does a seeker service on Sunday and a believers service Wed. evenings.  For the last two months we’ve been experimenting with electives, where we’ll have two speakers in two different rooms talk about a topic to help inform and spur people on in a particular area of spiritual growth and allow people to choose which they’d prefer to hear.

So, last week Kay called me and told me one of the people slated to speak on the 25th is not able to and asked if I would do it.  My first thought, being the ultra-spiritual person I am, is, “There’s no way I’m doing this.”  I am totally backlogged and having trouble fulfilling all my work, ministry, and personal responsibilities as it is.  So, I asked Kay if I could think and pray about it overnight and give her my decision in the morning.  She told me that would be fine and added that I didn’t want to speak on the history of the Bible and would prefer to speak on another topic that would be fine.

Now I was serious when I said I would pray about it.  I wasn’t just saying that to avoid saying no. However, I really didn’t expect God to change my mind.  But up until my personal time with God the next morning I hadn’t made the connection that IED was only 4 days later.  So, God showed me that connection, presented me with an opportunity I wasn’t even looking for, and now here I am with 45 minutes on Wednesday evening to encourage and instruct the people of my church about how to point people to Christ online.  How cool is that? 

So, how about you and your church?  What are you doing for IED?  If you haven’t made plans yet, it’s not to late to at the very least include an insert in your church bulletin and take 2 minutes to explain it during the announcements.

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

18 Responses to “What are you doing for Internet Evangelism Day?”

  1. Hi,
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  2. Greetings!
    I have never heard of IED, until now! And I’m so glad to hear of it! I have 9 sites, already set up and running( albeit not totally completed, but getting close)! And more in the works!There have been several who have reached out, and so I am happy! The Holy Spirit burdened my heart to expand my ministry by going on-line as well, and so I obeyed. Now people are being reached, one by one, all over the US(for now). I am always looking for new ways to touch the hearts of the peoples of this world. I will alert the lady at church, who does the bulletins!
    If you care to, my “central location” for them is…http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/missannie. Click on a picture, it will take you to another page, click on the address beside it, and you are on your way to some good “soul food”. Enjoy, and leave a note that you were there…all comments welcome!
    Thank you for standing for Him!
    Blessings,
    Miss Annie

  3. For over twenty five years I have been a witness for Christ on the streets, in many US Cities and personally in my everyday life! Though Christ is the Answer and He is-I am careful to tell people about the “Price of Discipleship” when accepting Christ as Savior!

    The True Sign of a Christian is that there will be fruit in their life unto righteousness! We become New Creations in Christ! The Old Nature is crucified with the deeds of the flesh so the new creation can come forth! Any other teaching is heresy!

    Want to know what Christ expects of us? He wants us to live that crucified life so that others will see Him and come to Him in True Bible Repentance! We are the City that is SET on a Hill! The Only Light in this sin cursed world for the unbeliever! Jesus is Coming-we must be able the Fathers Business NOW!!!

  4. Marriage Restoration 101

    We will be sharing the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ..who is the same yesterday, today and forever! Its about Salvations of our family members and Loved ones. We will be reaching out to the Lost no matter what we do on this special day.. that happens to be my Spirit filled Moms B-day and PRAISES go out because she is healed from cancer and whole and being used in a healing (health) ministry!!

    We will be attending a Spirit filled Conference in Dallas, TX and the Lord is going to move in a mighty way for us to be the LIGHT on this day.

    Please pray that the Lord will provide finances for us to attend…I have nothing extra at this time to spare but God has called me to these BIG meetings.

    Be sure to be different and Praise Him thru the storm! He is a RESTORER and if faithful…He is going to show us his Glory…until He RETURNS!
    Be ready and be EXPECTING some mighty Miracles and signs and wonders including saved families, relationships, children, prod. children and marriages being restored from the dead!

    We took a VOW for Life before God..What are you doing for Christ??
    Praying for you!! If you know of anyone praying for their marriages please send them to us for prayer..they are NOT alone!!

    Abundantinhim@yahoo.com

    Sincerely in HIS Service,
    Sharon

  5. I have never heard of AID either…I have had a personal website here now going on 1 year. It is full of spiritual poems and Miracle Stories as well as Prophetic messages. It is such a beautiful site praising the Lord. If you have the time please visit it and pass the link around you won’t be sorry..There are about 9 members that post things here..It is all family friendly and has a link page as well to take you to other spiritual sites. God Bless you all…I love Our Church Server the are doing wonderful things here.
    Web Master Of A Poetic Journey…Eva Marie Dunlap Feel free to email me at:
    apoeticj@apoeticjourney.com
    My Web Site again is: http://www.apoeticjourney.com/view/?pageID=72357

  6. I did not know before today about IED. I try to witness to people on the net almost every day recently. I have led over a dozen people so far to Christ through the internet. Yesterday (April 18) I led a person from Thailand to Christ. But one girl from Oregon asked me, “what is wrong with you” when i tried to witness to her and stormed out. Every one who listens, there are other 5 to 8 rejections. So don’t get discouraged. My website has a message on salvation. Chect it out: http://www.wealthyever.com

  7. Praise God! I am so happy to be a part of IED, I love to touch the lives of others through God’s word. It is the mission of Heartfelt Prayer Ministries Int. to educate the unbelievers in the truth of God’s word, strickley from the Bible, so that their lives may be transformed by the renewing of their minds. Please visit Heartfelt Prayer Ministries Int. Leave a prayer request, and/or sign the Guestbook, or just browse around. Let us know that you stopped by.
    Thank you! God bless you all.
    website: http://www.ourchurch.com/member/h/heartfeltprayer/

  8. I have not heard of IED before now – what an opportunity to let others know about the Lord Jesus.

    I have two websites online, please feel free to visit either one, and invite others to visit also. Please do not forget to sign the Guest Book, or leave a comment.
    You can also email me at: LivingRain@mail2world.com

    My websites are: http://www.ourchurch.com/member/l/LivingRain/ID#:170051
    and http://www.ourchurch.com/member/a/a_poetspage/ID#:167703

    Blessings
    From Marian

  9. WOW thats great to hear about i heard about father’s day, mother’s day, but for the first time iam ever hearing about IED.

    i have got a oppurtunity to take advantage of this IED to share the Gospel using the Net.

    i am now thinking to give somthing special for my church member on 29th

  10. This is the first time i and my association have kown about IED.It is a very loudable idea which all must help.Through this the Christianity will be be known by a wide range of people and a lot of souls will be saved.

  11. I have intrest in the EIV day

  12. This is my first time to learn about IED. Am very excited about it and i pray souls anreachable through other means of evangelism will be reach through this means. please keep me informed.May God bless all those who have been invovled in this good work.

  13. I hope that we can try to reach the lost at any cost.God is faithful by whom we are called if we trust him and never doubt. God bless.

  14. Dan – I would love to hear more about the people you led to Christ online. How did you meet them? How did you share the Gospel with them? Did those who received Christ do so in your first conversation or over a period of time? Did you point people to any online resources or just converse with them in your own words.

  15. It’s good to see so many of you are excited about Internet Evangelism Day. One thing I think it’s important to point out is that just because you have a Christian website does not mean you’re participating in IED.

    There is what the IED site calls “the 99% problem.” 99% of Christian sites are created for Christians. Only 1% are to help seekers understand the Gospel message. If you really want to reach spiritual seekers, you have to intentionally design your site to accomodate them and you have to be proactive about engaging them on the non-Christian sites where they hang out.

    What have you done to your site specifically to accomodate spiritual seekers? How are you engaging spiritual seekers where they already hang out?

  16. in which way can become the part of that ev.terms ,how do

  17. “By wisdom a house is built,and through understanding it is established.”So fair and and very good when we can build our home with heavenly Ftahers wisdom and help,I am very sure that they home will stand firm,joy for gospel truth and win the lost men to Christ,pray for blessed revival soon.Thanks and bless.keijo sweden

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  1. » A Look Back at Internet Evangelism Day - May 2, 2007

    [...] Last week I blogged about Internet Evangelism Day and the unexpected opportunity I was given to speak at my church.  So, today I’d like to share with you an article about Internet evangelism, a little about my talk, and some thoughts spurred by some of the comments posted to last week’s IED blog article.  This also fits nicely with our theme of Church Website Innovation Month as one of the most important improvements you can make to your church website is to make it friendly for unbelievers looking for a church. [...]