1. Start by memorizing a gospel outline…
2. Do more than just memorize—study the gospel. Ask questions about it. Understand it in your own words, live it, breath it . . . it’s far richer and deeper than we can imagine. This helps us develop a gospel worldview and frees us from canned approaches to people. Become a student of the Bible. Evangelism does start with Genesis and flows through each book of the Bible. Understanding that makes evangelism more central to our faith and less crazy.
3. Study apologetics-answers to both good and bad questions. More important, in our day and age, understand the ‘whys’ behind tough questions.
4. Become a student of your newspaper. Being equipped includes thinking through current issues “Christianly.”
5. Learn by doing. Find one or more mature Christians who are actively sharing their faith and pick their brains. Better yet, find ways to involve yourself with them in evangelism.
6. Finally, ask God to work in the hearts of those around you. Do more than just pray for those around you. Pray that God will send someone your way who is a real seeker, and pray that you will have the wherewithal to respond, gently and respectfully, with reasons for the hope you have within you.
-Mack Stiles in Speaking of Jesus, p. 50-51.