What is the Engel scale?

The type of tool you’d like to use may depend on how open and/or aware of Christianity the people you’re working with are.

So we’ve tried to provide a way of you filtering all the tools on the Great Commission site through a numbering system related to the Engel scale*.

The numbering system runs from 0 to 10 with:

  • 0 – meaning the tool is suitable for engaging with someone who has no interest and/or knowledge of the Christian faith.
  • 10 – meaning that the tool is suited to engaging with someone who is now making a decision to follow Jesus.

If you choose a low-range number (0-3), you’ll find tools that should be appropriate for all those at the early stage of their faith journey. The focus will be more on building relationships and helping people to start consider some of the questions posed by Jesus Christ.

A mid-range number (4-7) will bring up results for tools suitable for those who are further along in their faith journey. These tools will hopefully help people build a bridge from having relationships with Christians to starting to think if Christianity might be for them.

A high-range number (8-10) will bring up results for tools suitable for those who are close to making a commitment to follow Jesus. It is likely that these tools may involve an opportunity for someone to make a commitment of faith in Jesus.

As with any number system, this gauge is only a guide. We hope it helps you explore the great range of tools on the Great Commission site.

* The Engel scale was developed by James F. Engel as a way of understanding the process people go through on their way to conversion.

A strength of the Engel scale is that it helps us to realise our approach to evangelism can be informed by how much understanding/interest a person has in the Christian faith.

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