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The Jerry Seinfeld Method to Evangelism

Peter Guirguis Evangelism 6 Comments

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If you’re familiar with Jerry Seinfeld, then you might be thinking, “There’s a Jerry Seinfeld method to evangelism? I didn’t even know that Seinfeld was a Christian.”

Well, he’s not. Seinfeld is Jewish.

However, you might be surprised to find out that Seinfeld is credited with creating a revolutionary method of productivity.

That’s what this blog post is about. It’s about taking Seinfeld’s productivity method, and applying it to evangelism.

And by the way, if you’re not familiar with who Jerry Seinfeld is, then just click on this link to be taken to Seinfeld’s page on Wikipedia.

Have You Ever Tried Creating a New Habit But Had Trouble Sticking to It?

Maybe you wanted to eat healthier, exercise more, or read your Bible every day.

If you’ve ever tried starting a new habit, then you’ve come across some resistance. Maybe you were able to do it successfully for a few days but after a while, you gave up.

Or maybe you were able to do it for longer but for some reason, the habit just didn’t stick.

We all suffer from the resistance that we meet when we try to create new habits. That’s why our New Year’s resolutions fail so frequently.

It’s the same thing with evangelism. It’s difficult to share our faith every single day.

We get so busy, we’re tired, and we make other things in our lives a priority. Before we know it, time has passed by, and we haven’t shared our faith with anyone.

Today, I’m going to teach you a way based on the Jerry Seinfeld method of productivity, that’s going to help you overcome the resistance that you get when wanting to share your faith.

You can use this method not only to help you share the gospel every day, but you can also use it to build any new habit you like.

Jerry Seinfeld’s Secret to Creating Sticky Habits

The story behind Seinfeld’s productivity method was first brought to light by Brad Isaac.  Brad is a software developer, was one time doing open mic at a comedy club.

One night, Brad happened to notice that Seinfeld was backstage at the comedy club.

Brad couldn’t pass up this unique opportunity, so he went up to Seinfeld, and he introduced himself.

As the two were talking, Brad asked Jerry if he had any advice for a young comic.

Jerry replied by saying that the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes, and the way to create better jokes was to write every day.

Seinfeld went on to reveal his unique calendaring system that motivates him to write jokes every single day.

Here’s how it works:

Get a big wall calendar and put it on a wall that you’re going to see every single day.

Jerry Seinfled calendar

This is what Seinfeld recommends you do with a calendar when creating a new habit that you want to stick

After that, get yourself a big marker in your favorite color.

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Every time that you successfully complete your daily habit, you’re going to put an X in the corresponding calendar day.

Seinfeld then says, “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day.

“You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only next job is to not break the chain.

“Don’t break the chain!” Seinfeld said for emphasis.

Brad said that he took Jerry’s advice to heart.

He began to practice writing everyday, and not breaking the chain. He found that it was an amazing motivation to build the habits that he wanted.

Brad then wrote this article on Lifehacker which has motivated many people to try Seinfeld’s method of productivity.

Brad writes in his article that the reason why this method is so powerful is because:

“Daily action builds habits. It gives you practice and will make you an expert in a short time.

“If you don’t break the chain, you’ll start to spot opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t.

“Small improvements accumulate into large improvements rapidly because daily action provides compounding interest.”

When you see those red X’s on your calendar, it’s going to motivate you to want to put a red X every day.

When you see a gap, it’s going to hurt, and it’ll serve as a motivator for you to continue your streak.

5 Steps to the Jerry Seinfeld Method to Evangelism

1. Sign Up to Receive Your Free Calendar

To help you out, I commissioned my graphic designer to create a free calendar for you as a gift from me to you.

Just click on the button below to receive your free calendar in your email inbox.

The calendar includes all 12 months of the year so that you can print them out at the end of each month.  Here’s a sample from the month of January:

sample not ashamed of the gospel calendar

 

Send Me My Free Calendar

 

2. Print Out the Calendar and Place it on a Prominent Wall

Once you receive your calendar, print it out, and put it on a wall that you’ll see daily.

Make sure you don’t put it in some room that you never go into.

The whole point of this exercise is for you to be able to see your calendar as often as possible.

When you see your calendar daily, it’s going to act as a powerful motivator to you.

3. Share the Gospel (Evangelize) Once a Day

This step over here doesn’t have to be as hard you might think. Sharing the gospel with someone doesn’t have to take a long time.

It can take as little as a few seconds or just a minute.

How? Just schedule some tweets or some Facebook posts to link to an evangelistic video.

Here are two great websites that have a ton of Christian media for you to share:

1.  Yes He Is

2.  Explore God 

If you need help with scheduling your tweets, or your Facebook posts in advance, check out these three articles that I wrote about how you can do that.

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1.  How to use HootSuite to schedule your posts in advance

2.  How to use the Buffer app to schedule your social media posts in advance

3.  How to use the IFTTT app to automate your evangelism outreach online

Want to Share Something Gospel Related Right Now?

Just visit this page and share it on Facebook or Twitter.  It’s a testimony of a woman who used to be an atheist and then converted to Christianity.

The page is courtesy of my friends over at the Yes He Is blog.

4. Every Time You’ve Evangelized Successfully, Then Mark it on Your Calendar

If you share the gospel online today, then you would mark it on your calendar with your marker.

If you had a conversation with a friend or a coworker about heaven, then you would mark it on your calendar.

Any kind of outreach that you do every single day, mark it on your calendar with a marker by putting an x in the corresponding day.

5. Don’t Break the Chain

Once you’ve began to accumulate red x’s on your calendar that are next to each other, then don’t break the chain.

Your goal is to never see any white spaces between two x’s. Your goal is to always have one x be next to the other x.

Trust me, this serves as a very powerful motivator.

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Should You Try the Jerry Seinfeld Method?

Evangelism is a matter of stewardship. If you and I don’t share the gospel, then we’re being bad stewards of our time, talents, and resources.

If you’ve ever said to yourself that you’re going to share the gospel but have put it off, then you need to do something to motivate you.

None of us are ever going to get to heaven and say, “Wow, I wish I would have shared the gospel less often.”

In fact, just the opposite is true.

Many of us are going to get to heaven and say, “Wow, I wish I would have shared the gospel more often!”

So what do you think of the Jerry Seinfeld method to evangelism?

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[Disclaimer:  The quote in the featured image in this blog post is created by me, and is not something that Seinfeld actually said.]

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Peter Guirguis

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I'm the Technology and Social Media Manager of Calvary Chapel South Bay, a church in Gardena, California. My passion is to see people give their life to Christ both online and offline. I've created the free guide to getting thousands of Twitter followers to show ordinary people how to get extraordinary results on Twitter.

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  1. Peter – yet another great post. I’m especially grateful for introducing me to Hootsuite. I did not download the free calendar only because I have no available (and accessible) wall in my den.

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