This paper attempts to summarize the overarching movements of evangelism in the past 70 years in the United States, most of which this author has personally observed and influenced. While there has always been evangelism in various expressions and to some degree, certain expressions of evangelism have been more effective than others. The primary emphasis of evangelism has gone from soul-winning evangelism (pre-1950), to Church Growth evangelism (1960–1990), to missional evangelism (2000-to the present). Each of these categories will be explored with concluding observations made as to the continued import of evangelism as a priority.
Towns, E. (2010). Changing Paradigms of Evangelism: Three Generational Views. Great Commission Research Journal, 1(2), 146-160. Retrieved from https://digitalarchives.apu.edu/gcrj/vol1/iss2/2