A Summary Outline of THE MASTER PLAN OF EVANGELISM, Robert E. Coleman reprinted over 63 times since its publication in 1963.

I first read Coleman’s book in 1973 during my college days at East Tennessee State University.  I was involved in CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ).  I wrote this summary after going through the book in an action group; our small discipleship groups on campus.  It stayed in my journal and has been like a North Star to orient me through over 40 years in parachurch and congregational service.  His book is still in print.  And a version with a small group study guide in the back is also still accessible.  Let’s make sure our main thing is Jesus’ main thing!  Roy King June 26, 2015

Steps to building and sending people to the world:


Luke 6:13- People were Christ’s method.

No evidence of haste just determination.

No big impact at this time, just investing in people willing to learn.

Jesus does not neglect the masses, but realizes that victory will never be won by the multitudes.


Matt. 28:20 He was with his disciples.

He let them follow him, and this was his initial requirement.

Lk. 8:10 Knowledge was gained by association before being understood by explanation.


Discipleship involves the sacrifice of personal indulgence.


Matt. 11:29- He required obedience.

Lk, 16:13 -The surrender of one’s whole life to the master in absolute submission to His sovereignty was required.

Mt.27:3-10; Acts 1:18, 19 Few would pay the price.

Obedience to Christ was the means by which those in his company learned more truth.

Obedience was modeled by Jesus as he lived in absolute obedience to the Father’s will. Jn.5:30, 6:38.


Jn.20:22 He gave himself away.

  1. He gave His peace Jn.16:33, Matt,11:28
  2. He gave His joy. Jn.15-11,17:13
  3. He gave the keys to the kingdom which the power of hell could not prevail against. Matt.6:19, Lk. 12:32
  4. He gave them His own glory so could be as one with the Father. 17.22, 24
  5. He gave them a compulsion for evangelism. Jn. 17:18, 19 As the context reveals, His sanctification was in an area of commitment to the task for which He had been sent into the world, and in dedication to that purpose of evangelism, He continually gave His life “for their sakes”.  “The ministry of the Holy Spirit is God in operation in men’s lives.” ( pg. 72)


Jn. 13:15 He showed them how to live.

  1. The practice of prayer Lk, 11:11, Matt.6:9-13.
  2. The use of Scripture Abide in His word Jn.15:7.
  3. Training to the task of  evangelism  Jesus did not use fancy classes or tools, only a teacher who practiced with them what He expected them to learn.


Matt.4:19- He assigned them work. He provided them with a vital experience with God and showed them how he worked, before telling them they had to do it.

Their briefing instructions. Lk.9, Matt.10, Mk. 6

  1. Go to the most susceptible audience Matt.10:5,6
  2. Move with the movers Matt.l0:ll, Mk 6:10; Lk.9:41
  3. Expect Hardship.
  4. Remember- They are one with Christ. Matt.10:40-42, John 13:20 “Think of this identity! The disciples were to be the actual representatives of Christ as they went forth. So clear was this association that if someone gave a child a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, that act of mercy would be rewarded.”
  5. They were sent out 2 by 2. Evangelism set up Christ for his ministry Lk. 10:l

“Christian disciples are sent men-sent out in the same work of world evangelism to which our Lord was sent, and for which He gave His life. Evangelism is not an optional accessory to our life. It is the heartbeat of all that we are called to be and do.”


Mk. 8:17- He kept check on them-

He gave instruction, assignments and then regrouping to iron out problems.

Jesus used mistakes and failures for learning Mk.9:17-29,Mk.6:30-44, Mk.8:10-19.

Plan of teaching:

  1. Example
  2. Assignment
  3. Constant check-up.


Jn.l5:l6-He expected them to reproduce. (Jn.17:20, 21, 23)

“His whole evangelistic strategy, indeed, the fulfillment of his very purpose in coming into the world, dying on the cross, and rising from the grave depended upon the faithfulness of his chosen disciples to this task.”

A barren Christian is a contradiction. A tree is known by its fruit.

“The only hope for the world is for men to go to them with the Gospel of salvation, and having won them to the Savior, not to leave them, but to work with them faithfully, patiently, painstakingly, until they become fruitful Christians savoring the world about them with the Redeemer’s love.”

“The criteria upon which a Church should measure its success is not how much the budget is increased, or how many names are added to the roll, but rather how many Christians are actively winning souls and training them to win the multitudes.”(pg.113, 114)

Conclusion: The Steps Summarized

  1. Begin with a few
  2. Stay together
  3. Give them time
  4. Group meetings
  5. Expect something from them
  6. Keep them going
  7. Help them carry their burdens
  8. Let them carry on
  9. Their personal spiritual relationship with Jesus is priority
  10. The price of victory comes high.





43 Years Ago This Week — Explo 72 Dallas, Tx June 12-17, 1972

JUNE 12-17,1972 EXPLO 72 Dallas Texas — 85,000 high school and college students.  Sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ now CRU.

I sat on the 50 yard line for the evening sessions in the Cotton Bowl.  During that week Jesus embraced me and welcomed me into his family.  And that was the start of a journey I am still on today.

roy at Explo  Thanks to Peggy Pettigrew for heading up our delegation and  holding up Jesus to us.

Picture1   Were you there?

Maybe you have your own start of a journey of following Jesus story… share it here

Highly Recommended Book — by Reggie McNeal KINGDOM COME: Why we Must Give Up our Obsession with Fixing the Church — and What We Should Do Instead

Reggie’s newest book is a practical theology on the Kingdom of God.  He clarifies the relationship between the kingdom and the church in the biblical drama of God’s redemption story.  In the second half he lays out examples and concrete strategy for the people of God (i.e., the church) to live for Kingdom values and influence that entices others to become Christ the King followers.

And Jesus taught us to pray….”your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth at it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

“Jesus wants us to pray for, deeply desire, and dedicate ourselves to seeing the Kingdom as it operates in heaven made visible  and active in our daily experience here on earth.” (pg. xiv)

“The purpose of the church is to further God’s kingdom.” (pg. xx)

“…the key to church renewal lies in anchoring the mission and purpose of the church in the biblical teaching of what it means to be the people of God.” (pg. 4)


The Person/s Supervising Me are Not Leading Me Well. What Should I do?”

THE Critical Question for you to answer, “Can I trust the character/heart of the person/s over me even when I have good reason to not trust their competence in handling the situation we are facing?”

If you answer, “No” to that question; pray and ask God if you should leave the position.  The Bible warns of the danger of leaders with corrupt character creating a wake of destruction.  OR …At least know how to pray and be very cautious.

If you answer “Yes” realize that the poor exercise of competence can still sink the organization, wound people including you, and generally make a mess.  The lack of or poor communication or a hundred other poorly executed skills related to leading, managing and empowering others still spells poor supervision.


Skills can be learned and practiced and improved in many cases if a supervisor is humble and teachable.

SO — what do you think and do?

Think — I should not assume that someone over me knows how to lead me well.  Your supervisor/s are not mind readers and often do not have a good feel of what you need to carry out your responsibilities.  They are too concerned about their own work to know yours well.  They often hired you to do what they do not have time or desire to do.

Do  —  Inform the supervisor/s what you need to be empowered and effective in your responsibilities.  List your vital contributions to the organization.  Then describe what you need now or in the near future to be effective.  Sit down and discuss the list — even when it includes items such as, “Limit surprises that disrupt my day or week… they confuse my priorities and push me out of clarity into crisis reaction.” Be honest but realistic about the nature of the workplace.  Lead UP the way you want to be addressed by someone UNDER you.


Remember that you work FOR them.  Do not assume that you know their preferred work language.  Ask questions and then be diligent to lay down your own preferences, if necessary, to use their language.  WHAT IS A WORK LANGUAGE?

Examples of questions that uncover work language or style?

  1. How do you prefer to communicate?  (face to face planned meetings, as you walk by, e-mail, text, phone, etc.,)
  2. How do you prefer to address conflict? (write up summary and then ask to meet to follow-up, over lunch, etc.,)
  3. How do you prefer to evaluate results? (standard reports of benchmarks, surveys, daily tasks accomplished, etc.,)
  4. How do you prefer to handle personal non-work issues in my life? (leave it at home, let’s have coffee, at weekly meeting, etc.,)

Bottom Line — We are ALL developing competence in leading UP to those over us and DOWN to those under us.  Stay humble and ask this question, “What am I doing that is making your job more challenging or difficult?” Then listen, act on what you hear and follow up in a few weeks to see if you have improved.


How do I deal with fears when I get up to teach or preach?

Get there early… lay your stuff down at the front… walk around and greet people.  Shake hands and ask questions to hear some of their stories… “what they do, why they are here today”, just connect.  Get your mental focus off of your self and do not even mention you are a speaker unless they pick up on it.
15 min before .. get alone. Ask the Spirit for his words in your heart, and breathe in through nose and out through mouth slowly and deeply 5 to 6 times as you pray….
What Has been helpful for you?