Here’s a familiar face spouting a lot of wise words and I would recommend you read every one of them.
Dan has some really helpful things to say and I know I for one need to hear them. The reality is that evangelism and interaction with non-Christians is often one of the first casualties amongst the busyness of full time ministry. What does that do for the effectiveness of our ministry:
we know how those whom we disciple look up to and copy their leaders. Pastors who only talk a lot about engaging, befriending, and evangelizing non-Christians will be productive in producing Christians who only talk a lot about befriending and evangelizing non-Christians.
So how to address the problem when you’re already struggling to find time and energy?
Yes, schedule in regular time where you’ll come into contact with non-Christians, but don’t do it on your own.
Discipleship and training can happen in the context of getting involved in the lives of non-Christians.
For example we can minister to a mature Christian (through modelling) and a non-Christian (through conversational engagement) at the same time in a pub.
Take one pastor who needs to get out more, add a Christian who would thrive on interacting with non-Christians, and sprinkle generously with a hearty dose of apologetic conversation with unbelievers.
So the only remaining question is, who’s getting the first round in?