TEAM France missionaries are disciples of Jesus Christ, which is to say they are becoming like Jesus. In their families, communities and churches, their primary commitment is to discipleship: helping people know Jesus and become like Him.
While concrete stories of evangelism often entail a good measure of the Spirit’s leading and work behind the scenes, our basic strategy for sharing the Gospel is to be involved in other people’s lives.
This “lifestyle” evangelism occurs everywhere : at school, in neighborhood streets, on the basketball court, in cafés and even in church. This happens through strategically planned events such as concerts, dramas, Thanksgiving dinner outreaches and sports camps. And this happens through ordinary, everyday, unplanned occurrences, such as buying bread, playing basketball in a sports club or sharing a meal with neighbors.
Evangelism often crosses into the domain of discipleship, as telling someone about Jesus lays the foundation for them to know and follow Him. Discipleship, then, usually happens in the same way as evangelism… with your whole life. Lifestyle discipleship includes Bible studies and workbooks as well as sharing meals and mountaineering.
Missionaries use their specific gifts and resources to respond to evangelism and discipleship opportunities.