Conversational Evangelism

taught by David Geisler

Course description

Witnessing used to involve laying out the truth and guiding a person to understand and accept it. But the awareness of basic Christian principles has changed and so have the needs of pre-believers. With a passion for people, authors David and Norman Geisler share an engaging, conversational approach to evangelism as they address:

  • What makes old models of witnessing ineffective in today’s culture
  • Why evangelism must start with relational pre-evangelism
  • How to ask questions, listen attentively, and understand what someone believes
  • Ways to identify the real barriers to belief in order to build a bridge to truth
  • How to keep dialogue going with different personality types

This refreshing, practical resource is ideal for churches and individuals. Readers will discover how God uses their everyday encounters for great things when they switch from trying to witness effectively to effectively being a witness through communication and compassion. Download and print each Episode curriculum.  Next download each PowerPoint and review. Also, download and print the bonus material for class distribution. 


“I believe that every church would benefit by integrating the concepts of Conversational Evangelism into its existing evangelistic programs and strategies!”
Josh McDowell, Josh McDowell Ministry

Conversational Evangelism is a winsome and effective presentation of how skeptics perceive the Gospel and how we might help them discover its truth for themselves. While recognizing the vital role of the Holy Spirit in the process, the Geislers illustrate how asking probing questions and pointing out the inconsistencies between belief and behavior till the ground and help remove long-entrenched barriers to the Gospel. I enthusiastically recommend their pre-evangelism methodology.”
Ravi Zacharias, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

David Geisler
David Geisler
President, NGIM

Dr. David Geisler is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (M.A. and Th.M.) and Southern Evangelical Seminary (Doc. of Ministries in Apologetics). He has been involved in Church and para-church ministry for over 30 years and is an internationally known speaker.

In 1994, he was hired by Campus Crusade for Christ (now called CRU) to help develop a national pilot program at U.T. Austin to reach skeptical graduate students. What he discovered is that there is a pressing need for Christian ministries to understand how to do process evangelism, especially with those more skeptically minded. Therefore in 2000 he started Meekness and Truth™ Ministries.In 2002, in cooperation with his team he developed a new pre-evangelism paradigm which incorporates apologetics into witnessing. He has taught this paradigm both in the East and the West to college ministries, churches, seminaries, and mission organizations. 

In 2009 he co-authored a book about this paradigm along with his late father, Dr. Norman Geisler, Conversational Evangelism: Connecting with People to Share Jesus. In 2011 he and his Singaporean wife, Charlene, and their three children, relocated back to the U.S. In 2015 he co-founded Norm Geisler International Ministries (NGIM) along with his father. 

David feels especially called to play a part in expanding his father’s apologetic resources and legacy in reaching our post-Christian culture, but integrating it not only with evangelism but with discipleship. David is currently pioneering a 4 R’s model (Rooted, Rested, Ready, Reaching) that integrates apologetics, evangelism, and discipleship. Along with NGIM staff member Don Deal, David is co-writing the book “Practical Apologetics,” which is set to be released in June 2020. David’s next book, “Three-Dimensional Discipleship,” is being developed as an integration of his conversational evangelism paradigm, his father’s apologetic approach, and the discipleship principles taught and modeled by his friend and mentor, Rev. Edmund Chan. 

Course Curriculum