Know Your Story

Evangelism Tip: Know Your Story.

People far from God don’t care what the Bible says. They don’t care what the Church teaches. All of that is irrelevant to them. If they’re having a conversation with you, then what they care about is you.

If they look at you and realize there’s something different about you, if there’s something they see in you that they want for themselves (joy, hope, love, peace, etc.), they’ll want to know your story.

If they see that your faith is important to you – they’ll want to know “Why?”. When they find out you go to church every Sunday – they’ll want to know “Why?”. If you tell them you love Jesus – they’ll want to know “Why?”.

They don’t want you to open up a Bible and quote Scripture to them, they want to know YOUR story. In YOUR words. From YOUR heart.
In doesn’t matter to them what Scripture says. It doesn’t matter to them what the Church teaches. It doesn’t matter to them what you’ve read. What matters to them is how this Jesus has transformed YOUR life.

What matters to them is YOUR STORY. So be ready to share that story with them. Work through it ahead of time. Know your story. More than that, know how to tell it in a way that is clear, truthful, and free from church lingo or jargon.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
1 Peter 3:15

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This posts comes out of a chapter of my book on Catholic evangelization: The E Word. Find out more and order your copy today!

Michael Marchand

Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.


Michael Marchand


Michael is a Catholic evangelist, author and speaker.

After spending 11 years as a parish youth minister, Michael left parish ministry to work full-time with ProjectYM (a ministry he cofounded a few years earlier).

Michael's resume also includes preaching gigs at events and conferences around the world, a Catholic theology degree, authoring a book on Catholic evangelization, years of training and consulting with parish/diocesan leaders on technology and social media, countless online projects, and the founding of 2 ProjectYM mission bases: one in Uganda and one in Chattanooga, TN.

Michael is blessed to be part of an amazing missionary family. Michael, his beautiful wife (Crystal) and four kids serve the local Church in Chattanooga, TN.



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