The difference between western protestant evangelism and the Orthodox variety is that it is far less "in your face".Very true.
It may be true, but I think what's needed is less of a definition that's based on "in your face" Evangelicals and more on concrete examples of EXACTLY what it is that we could and should be doing.
What are our strengths as Orthodox Christians that we could be playing to in terms of outreach? Homeless shelters like THIS ONE
? Inter-Orthodox fellowship (strength in numbers at the grassroots level, iow), consistent classes, advertisement, (see HERE
for a great example of this in OK City)? Hispanic and African-American-oriented missions (HERE
, respectively)? Ministries to women who've had abortions (HERE
)? Ministry to alcoholics (done in Romania HERE
, but could be done elsewhere)? Pro bono academies whose student bodies are made up entirely of street urchins (HERE
Prison ministry? House building a la H4H or Project Mexico?
Seems there's quite a bit we could be doing apart from saying what we DON'T do.
Also, while I was typing:
Well... I believe I did a tiny little bit of "evangelism," no?
Yes! Way to go, Heorhij!