HANDING out tracts

Evangelism Basics: Handing Out Gospel Tracts

WHAT IS A GOSPEL TRACT, AND WHY ARE THEY HELPFUL?

A gospel tract is simply a small handout that can be in the form of a brochure or booklet that has a gospel presentation on it.  They are definitely one of the staples of evangelism.  Gospel tracts are great for several reasons.  Here are just a few:

1)      If you are new, or just getting started with sharing your faith, gospel tracts are a great way to get your “feet wet”.  It’s much easier to hand out a gospel tract than it is to start up a conversation.  Also, when you’re new at sharing your faith, it’s sometimes hard to figure out what to say.  A good gospel tract gives you a clear, concise gospel message that you can memorize and use in a one on one conversation.

 

2)      They’re cheap!  You can make your own tracts at home (see how to make your own gospel tracts here), or you can get download them for free from the Evangelism Toolbox page, or you can even order free tracts from several tract distribution ministries online.  It typically only costs a couple of cents per one tract; therefore you can get the gospel out in massive quantities for a low cost.

 

3)      They’re great conversation starters.  I’ve found that it’s a lot easier to start a one on one conversation by handing out gospel tracts than without them.  You simply hand out the tracts, and wait for the first person to ask, “What is this?”  Obviously, it’s helpful to prepare what you’re going to say in response.

 

4)      It leaves the recipient with a clear gospel message that they can read on their own.  A lot of times when speaking with someone in a one on one setting, they can only retain so much information.  In Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of the sower.  He said that preaching the word of God to some people is like sowing seed on a dirt path – it’s so hard that whenever the word of God is planted on their hearts, the enemy can snatch it up before it takes root.  When you are in a one on one conversation, you may be talking with the “path”, and the enemy may snatch up the word off of their hearts when you leave.  However, God could be using you to till their hearts, so that the seed in the gospel tract might be planted later on.

 

 

A COUPLE OF DO’S AND DON’TS

Now that we know what gospel tracts are and what they’re good for, here are a couple of helpful tips to keep in mind when handing them out.

 

DO NOT:

  • Be awkward or scary.  When you are about to hand out a tract, don’t have a straight, serious face that someone may confuse as a villain – remember, they don’t know you!
  • Do the last-minute-handout.  That’s when you wait until someone is right next to you before you stick your hand out right in their face with a tract… you’ll freak people out!
  • Whisper or look at the ground – it gives the image of a lack of confidence; and if you have the gospel of Jesus Christ, you have much to be confident about.
  • Say, “would you like one of these?” or “can I give you one?”  These type of weak yes-or-no questions will give you more “NO’s” than if you were to use a more assertive approach.

 

DO:

  • Be normal – be yourself.  Don’t try to be someone you aren’t; it comes out awkward for everyone.
  • Present yourself with confidence and joy.  Keep your head up, make eye contact, smile.  Not only is this going to make people more likely to receive something from you, it also portrays the image of confidence in whatever you’re handing out.
  • Hand them out with assertive, friendly one-liners like, “did you get one of these?” or “this is for you”.  When you say it like that, it makes the recipient feel like they’re missing out on something they didn’t previously have.

 

 

WHERE DO I HAND THEM OUT?

As a rule of thumb, I ALWAYS keep at least a couple of tracts on me:  in my wallet, in my jacket, in my business card holder… I always try to keep a few handy.  If you always have a tract on you, you are constantly reminded of the many opportunities you have throughout a day to witness.

 

Handing out tracts doesn’t have to be a set event in your schedule.  It can happen organically throughout your day.  I have a few “regular” places I hand out tracts.  Parks, bus-stops, movie theatres, malls, farmers markets, etc.  Those are some places I go for the purpose of handing out tracts and witnessing to people.

 

However, I also leave tracts in ATM machines and credit card slots.  I’ve found that when you fold a tract in half, it fits perfectly in a credit card slot.  That way, the next person who uses the gas pump after me will have some good reading material while they’re waiting for their car to fill up.

 

Any time I check out at a grocery store, department store, fast food, movie theatre line, etc… basically any time I talk to a checkout clerk, I leave them with a gospel tract.  They give me the receipt, and I say, “thank you!  This is for you!” and they usually say, “Oh, wow… thanks!”

 

Community boards, business card tables, bus stop benches, cases of soda at the store, shirt pockets in department stores, etc… these are all good places to make gospel tract drops.

 

I have found that by far, the best time to handout tracts is Halloween night, and December.  On Halloween night, I get a big bag of all of the good candy, and I pre-package sandwich bags with two pieces of candy and a gospel tract or gospel of John.  You can easily hand out 100 tracts with a 100% success rate (meaning 100% of the people take them) in a couple hours just by answering the door.  I tell all the kids to read it, and then give it to their parents.  During the Christmas season in December, we have a few places where people walk around and look at Christmas lights.  I went out with a bag of miniature candy canes and gospel tracts, and had a HUGE success rate (I believe I only got one turn-down).

 

There are a million ways and places to hand out tracts; but the important thing is to simply do it.  Keep some tracts with you in your purse or wallet, and make a deal with yourself that they have to be gone within the next couple of days.  Once you make yourself available to hand out tracts a few times, it can eventually become like second nature.

7 replies
  1. Denise
    Denise says:

    that salvation was not by grace thorugh faith alone. Baptism is found in the New Testament. It is a biblical word. I can’t ignore verses like:Acts 16:14-15, A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord (C)opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay. Acts 16:30-33, He then brought them out and asked, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Acts 16:30-33, They replied, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household. Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. Acts 2:41, Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 8:12, But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:35-37, Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized? Like Barna and Viola said, Baptism was simultaneously an act of faith as well as an expression of faith. For anybody who uses the argument that baptism is a work I am here to tell you it is not. I don’t recall ever working up a sweat when I went down into the water. I went down into the water because it is commanded in scripture. If you would like you can ignore the comments on Barna but surely you can’t ignore the scriptures.Bye for now.

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    • Hondo Stone
      Hondo Stone says:

      Ephesians 4 says that there is ONE baptism.
      That “baptism” is NOT water baptism!
      The thief on the cross was saved and never baptized.
      If “Water Baptism” is a must in order to be saved, then God is a liar, which we know is impossible.
      The baptism that Jesus is talking about throughout the Bible is the baptism ( or washing ) of or by the Word of God!

      “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” ~John 15:3 ~

      Do you see that?

      We are washed in the Word of God when we hear and believe ( all God’s work ) and then God puts His Spirit in us and we then want to get baptized in water as a testimony of our faith in Him.

      Nobody can be washed of their sins by being immersed in water or sprinkled with water.

      It is the blood of Christ that washes us and that is applied to us when we hear the Word and believe in our heart, and confess with our tongue that Jesus Christ is Lord and we are then “washed” ( which is what the word “baptism” means ) of our sins by Christ’s work!

      If we are truly saved, we then have a real desire to be obedient in living according to what we find in the Bible and we will share that with others even though we will be scoffed at and even put away by friends and family members.

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  2. Lina
    Lina says:

    you shall not live on bread alone but what by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. He took care of pelope’s most important needs while here on earth, providing them salvation. This does not mean, however, that we ignore someones temporal, physical needs, and I don’t think any of us here would, but the most important need, (the one that will endure for eternity) is the need of the soul . . . namely forgiveness. What does one do when they are required (as David Knapp is suggesting) to meet someone’s every need if you yourself don’t have the ability. Think missionary work in the Amazon jungle where your resources are limited. Do you withhold the preaching of the Word until the social work is complete? I certainly hope not. And what if the social aspect is never able to be accomplished? What about the college student who comes from a wealthy home who you are trying to witness to on the street? What felt needs must we try to provide to give him the whole gospel and not just the salvation message?I highly recommend the book . He is from India and now lives in the U.S. He heads Gospel for Asia and discusses the whole topic of the social gospel vs the true gospel when it comes to missionary work in his homeland with pelope he loves and desperately cares about. I encourage you to read what this man has to say about this; someone who’s been there. It may surprise you.Just some thoughts and suggestions.- The Pilgrim

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  3. Corey
    Corey says:

    The Christian should have no problem getting baptized it is our public confession of faith, we should want to do it. If I’m correct the bible supports “death bed conversions” without baptism. Jesus speaking to the thief on the cross, And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43. what would I tell a fellow firefighter who’s dying and finally says he believes in Christ? sorry to late? No! he would be in the same boat as the thief. because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9. Simply put If you have time, make that public confession and get baptized, why wouldn’t you?

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  4. Henry
    Henry says:

    I’d just like to pass on another way to help spread the gospel and it’s simply this:-

    Include a link to an online gospel tract (e.g. http://www.freecartoontract.com/animation) as part of your email signature.

    An email signature is a piece of customizable HTML or text that most email applications will allow you to add to all your outgoing emails. For example, it commonly contains name and contact details – but it could also (of course) contain a link to a gospel tract.

    For example, it might say something like, “p.s. you might like this gospel cartoon …” or “p.s. have you seen this?”.

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  5. Henry
    Henry says:

    I’d just like to pass on another way to help spread the gospel and it’s simply this:-

    Include a link to an online gospel tract (e.g. http://www.freecartoontract.com/animation) as part of your email signature.

    An email signature is a piece of customizable HTML or text that most email programs will allow you to add to all your outgoing emails. For example, it commonly contains name and contact details – but it could also (of course) contain a link to a gospel tract.

    For example, it might say something like, “p.s. you might like this gospel cartoon …” or “p.s. have you seen this?”.

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