The Protestant concept of evangelism is to get people to "accept Christ". This is what Orthodoxy does in areas that are not traditionally Chirstian or have some form of Christianity being preached. Unfortunately, it's not Christ that needs to be accepted, at least here in the US, but His Church and the need to be constantly engaged in following Him. Most people here love Jesus, they just reject the traditional teaching about the Church or any need for historical continuity.
I agree with this.
I think what while we do need to be careful about excusing a lack of evangelism, we need to take a step back and think about what might be appropriate for many of us. Not everyone is made for tract hand-outs. Frankly, when I have what I thought was a legitimate discussion with people and they would hand me a card with their church's information or a tract, I felt like I was tricked.
Yes, this evangelism is more aggressive and arguably more effective, but I'm not sure if that would work where I live. I live in an area where most of the people are reasonably educated on issues, liberal, stubborn. I think that such an "overt" approach turns many of them off. When I was in campus, I remember secular roommates coming into my room and ranting about the "Crazies" trying to tell them about Jesus saving them. We would end up having a discussion of faith which he/she initiated, and all would be well.
For the record, I am NOT saying that I have done good with this...I actually feel disappointment at how my chances to disciple have turned out. Several of my friends were so fascinated with discussing faith with me that they came to church, went at 100 mph for a few weeks, and fell flat on their face. Every single person I "brought" to church had this happen, and I heard so many tearful apologies. "The church/Jesus Christ isn't for me, but thank you, Ismi." Each and everyone of them were ashamed and fearful that they would lose my friendship.
I comforted them and tried to talk to them about it a bit more, but that was it (not for our friendship, but for their faith). I can tell you what wouldn't
have worked, but for the life of me, I can't figure out what WOULD work.
If we take all of the Bible in context, why can't we approach evangelism the same way? Our world is changing. We live in different places in the world. The main thing is that I think we should ask ourselves what we should be doing and involve ourselves in church activities. Our church brings a lot of non-Orthodox people in for festivals and such, and I think this could be a good place to speak with people about our faith, since they came to a church event willingly.
Of course we should be more willing to broach that topic. I'm sure many of us have friends who confide in us, and perhaps shying away from mentioning our faith at crucial moments, we should swallow our pride and fear and go for it.