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What makes an effective Gospel Tract?

As someone who is involved with Gospel tracts I think a lot about how to make an effective Gospel tract.  Here is what I think is important.

Effective Gospel Tract

  1. The most important factor in making an effective Gospel tract is they catch someone’s attention.  If  people do not read it what has been accomplished?  I was at the Division of Motor Vehicles recently and someone was handing out Gospel tracts.  Everyone took them and then proceeded to put them in the trash.  It was huge and folded out like a road map and was full of diagrams and copy.  If the Gospel tract does not draw enough interest for someone to read it are you really accomplishing anything?
  2. The second thing that makes an effective Gospel tract is that it presents the Gospel.  It does not need to present the plan of salvation, it can just be a verse or an encouraging word.
  3. Finally I think an effective Gospel tract should provide other resources if the reader wants to know more.

We try to incorporate these three elements into each Memory Cross tract that we design.  Our tracts use an origami four panel design that makes a never ending loop.  The design is what captures attention because the majority of people have not seen it and are fascinated by how it works.  That’s the attention getter, a really unique design.  Most of our tracts do not present the plan of salvation with a prayer but are positive messages that share a Scripture and lead the reader to other resources, whether a video or link to the web.  With more people having smartphones we’ve found QR codes to be an effective way to quickly provide the reader with more information.  I included a video at the end that shows how each Memory Cross folds.

In case you are wondering whether Gospel tracts change lives, take a moment and watch the video below.  It shows how a couple’s life was changed from one small tract.

Below is a sample of one that connects to the video below.  Panel 1 says: Whatever your past has been, you have a spotless future.  Panel 2 shares a verse from John 10:10  “Jesus said, I came so you can have real and eternal life, more and better than you ever dreamed of.” – Message.   Panel 3 says: I you feel like life is not everything you ever dreamed of then watch the video of Christian Hosoi.  He had everything: fame, money, power, women, yet nothing was enough.  He lost it all but in prison found life.  The final panel takes you to the video below.

Effective Gospel Tracts

How Memory Cross Tracts work

Here is the link to the Whatever your past has been, you have a spotless future tract.  If you have any favorite Gospel tracts post them in the box below.

The Roman Road to Salvation

Do you know the most powerful way to share the message of Salvation?Roman Road to Salvation

The Roman Road to Salvation is said to be one of the easiest and most powerful ways to illustrate the way to Heaven. Simply put, it is an effective way of explaining Salvation and its aspects using the verses from the Book of Romans in the New Testament.

It is important to remember that to powerfully explain Salvation, our message needs to cover all aspects. Otherwise, the person we’re sharing the message to may absorb an inaccurate version of it. To avoid this problem, the Roman Road to Salvation is the perfect method to use to explain this gift from God.

There are six aspects of Salvation that we need to cover, and here’s a guide to help you use the Roman Road to deliver the entire message accurately:

Roman Road

1. Romans 3:23 – Everyone sins; no person is truly innocent.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

2. Romans 6:23 – And the consequence of sin is death.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

3. Romans 5:8 – But Jesus paid for our sins.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

4. Romans 10:9 – The Gift of Salvation is free for everyone who confesses and believes.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

5. Romans 10:13 – Salvation is available to everyone who calls Jesus their Lord and Savior.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

6. Romans 8:1 – There is no more condemnation in the Lord.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 

Salvation is both a simple and complicated gift, and it is very important to cover all its aspects. For example, while salvation is freely available to everyone, it can be attained only if we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9). It is dangerous to understand an inaccurate version of Salvation, which is why I encourage everyone to use the Roman Road to Salvation.

You can choose to use your words alone to deliver the message or use tools like simple pen and paper or ready-made Roman Road tracts as visuals. We have Roman Road KJV tracts available in our store, and if you search the web, you can find printables such as this Roman Road guide by TeenMissions.org and a simpler ABC-guide also by TeenMissions.org. Here’s a simple visual to make the message of Salvation easier to grasp, while EastWest.org provides a clear infographic illustrating the Roman Road.

Memory Cross Roman Road to Salvation Tract
Roman Road to Salvation Tract by Memory Cross

After laying down the message of Salvation, say together a simple prayer of Salvation, which can go like this: God, I understand that I am a sinner and that the consequence of sin is death. But Jesus Christ saved me and took my place by dying on the cross as punishment for my sins. I believe Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior, and through faith in him, I believe I am forgiven. Through your grace, I believe I am saved. Through your goodness, I am no longer condemned. Thank you, God, for the wonderful gift of Salvation! Amen!

Why use Gospel tracts to share your faith

I’ve been asked: “Mike, why use Gospel tracts to share my faith?”  Here are a few reasons why I use them.Why use Gospel Tracts

According to a study conducted by LifeWay Research in 2012 80 percent of those who attend church one or more times a month, believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith, but 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months.  Tracts can dramatically change those numbers and that is probably a good reason to use Gospel tracts.  You don’t always need to talk to someone to share your faith.  A well written Gospel tract will present God’s plan of salvation in a positive and encouraging way.  Gospel tracts can help start to a conversation or can be left where people are likely to pick them up.

Do you go out to eat at least once a week where a waiter or waitress is serving you?  Leave a Christian tract with your tip.  If you are not going to leave a decent tip, don’t leave the tract.  The standard tip is 15%.  When you leave the tract why not leave 20% along with the tract?  I did not mean to go off on tipping but my daughter is in her 20s and working as a waitress at a restaurant and there are way to many Christians who leave her no tip and a Gospel tract!  What kind of witness is that?  Waitresses work for $2.13 an hour plus tips so Christians let’s get with it and honor Christ.  If you cannot afford to leave a tip then don’t go out to eat!  Sorry to get side tracked but I’m going to leave it in this post.  If you are unable or unwilling to tip, don’t leave a message saying you are a representative of Christ.  Just eat at home or visit a fast food restaurant.

Do you fill up your car once a week?  Leave a tract at the Gas pump.   Several Memory Cross tracts are the size of a business card so they slide in the card reader and people will have to pull it out to put their card in.  My favorite one to leave is “Whatever your past has been, you have a spotless future.”  I decided to use it as my photo for this article.  I work at Memory Cross, which makes Gospel tracts so those are the ones I usually hand out.  Even if I did not work here I’d hand out Memory Cross tracts most of the time.  I like the origami design which gets attention and I like the modern, positive message.  Overall Jesus’ message was kind, loving and positive, except to the religious leaders who where exploiting God for their own purposes and I like to hand out the same message.  I also like that Memory Cross has a QR code on many of their tracts.  If you are not familiar with a QR code it is a barcode that can be read by your smartphone.  With so many people now carrying smartphones this is a way to connect printing to more information on the web.

Here is an example.  The images below are the Spotless future tract and the QR code links to the video.

Gospel Tract Spotless Future

 

Why use Gospel tracts to share your faith with the homeless

If you live in a metro area odds are pretty good you see people who are homeless at least once a week.  Here is an easy way to share the Gospel with them.  Go to your local dollar store and purchase basic supplies such as: tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, soap, healthy snacks, maybe a wash cloth and a $5 certificate to a local fast food restaurant or grocery store.  Put all these items in a gallon zip lock bag along with a handwritten note that says why you are doing this or use the Just Because tract by Memory Cross.  If you are writing a personal note let them know that God loves them and has a plan for their lives.  The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has a tract called Steps to Peace with God that I recommend (image below).

Steps to Peace with God folding card

 

I’ve only listed three ways to share your faith using Gospel tracts on this post but if you purchased gas and ate out once a week and handed a care bag out to a homeless once a month you would be sharing the Gospel 116 times in one year.  If you are still wondering why use Gospel tracts to share your faith, take a few minutes and watch the video below.

 

Here are a few places you can find Gospel tracts besides what Memory Cross offers.

  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association – has a variety of tracts, pamphlets and books to help you share your faith.
  • American Tract Society – Now part of Crossway.   I’m pretty sure ATS has been the leader in Christian tracts in American for hundreds of years.  I visited their headquarters several years ago before the merger and their history is amazing.  A number of presidents have been on their board of advisors.  They still produce relevant tracts that change lives.
  • Fellowship Tract League is an outreach ministry of Fellowship Baptist Church in Lebanon, Ohio.   They have printed over 4 billion tracts and have them available in almost every language.  Tracts are free if you cannot afford to purchase them.  Their ministry is based on donations so if you can afford it please donate when you purchase tracts from them.
  • The Gospel tract Society also offers free tracts (They accept donations and please donate if you can).  They produce traditional Gospel tracts which you can see by visiting their website.

Memory Cross makes a variety of Gospel tracts in other language also:

I hope you can see why using Gospel tracts can be an effective way to share your Faith.  There are more ways to share your faith.  If you have a favorite be sure to post a comment below.

Spanish Gospel Tracts for Children, Youth and Adults

Memory Cross has developed a number of Spanish Gospel tracts that are available for children, youth and adults.  They are used on mission trips and domestically to reach people who speak Spanish.  Here is a list of each card currently Spanish Gospel Tractsavailable.

  • Spanish Gospel tracts for children – Spanish Easter coloring card.  This Spanish gospel tract presents Jesus’ death and resurrection and is designed for children ages 4 – 10.  It uses primarily images to convey the salvation message.
  • Spanish Gospel tracts – Jesus loves me starts with the birth of Jesus on panel 1 and then goes to Jesus at the temple when he was 12.  Panel 3 is based on Matthew 19: 14 “But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”  Panel 4 depicts how much Jesus loves you and wants to have a relationship with each of us.
  • Spanish Gospel tracts – Roman Road.  This tract uses scriptures from the book of Romans to lead children into a relationship with him.  Simple coloring card designed for children ages 5 – 12.
  • ABC plan of salvation tract in Spanish – This tract walks children through the ABCs of becoming a child of God.   Size is 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 so it is smaller than the three coloring cards above, which are 6 x 6.
  • Spanish Gospel tracts for kids – ABC Sport version.   This tract has the same wording as the Cruz 123 above but with a sports theme.
  • Spanish Gospel Tract – I am the Good Shepherd.   This Spanish coloring card Gospel tract talks about how Jesus is the Good Shepherd that wants to lead us into salvation.  Written in Spanish and English it engages children in multiple ways.  Kids can color the card and since most kids want to learn English it will help them learn the Scriptures on this card in English as well as Spanish.  It also makes it easier for people going on mission trips to explain since the English translation is right on the card.
  • Spanish Gospel tracts – John 3:16.  This is probably the best known verse in all the Bible.  We’ve translated it into Spanish.  Simple way to tell people about God’s love either domestically or on mission trips.
  • Spanish Christian tracts – What does the cross really mean?  Written by Pastor Andy Lambert this Spanish tract designed for youth and adults explains God’s plan of salvation  in Spanish.

Each Memory Cross card uses our unique design incorporating four panels into an endless loop fold.  The unique design captures attention of children and adults which means they will keep the tract and read it over and over again.  Many also allow children to decorate them which makes for a great craft activity.  If you have never seen how it folds, watch the video below.

Spanish Gospel Tracts Video – Watch how it folds

If you would like a sample of any of our Spanish Gospel tracts, click the link in the sidebar.   We’ll get them right out to you for free.  You pay only for the shipping.  Also check out our English tracts for children.

Evangelism ideas that work – Gospel Tracts

The number of ways to share the Gospel has exploded in recent years thanks to the internet.  Because of all the options we decided to take a look and find evangelism ideas that work.  We decided to break it up into a couple articles so it would not be so overwhelming, starting with print.Evangelism ideas that work

The idea of using the written word to share the Gospel goes back thousands of years.  The Bible was written over thousands of years and faithfully passed down from generation to generation.  Paul’s letters were designed to share the Gospel and instruct believers on living the life God called us to live.

Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press changed history including the way the Gospel was spread.  In 1455 Gutenberg completed the first printing of the Bible and history was changed.  As printing evolved the idea of printing Gospel tracts came into existence.  By the time America became a country Gospel tracts were common.  In fact The American Tract Society (founded 1825) at one time was the biggest printing company in the United States.  They had multiple presidents of the United States as board members.   Even with all the new technology, printed Gospel tracts are still an effective way to share the Gospel, which is why we included them in Evangelism ideas that work.

There are hundreds of organizations that are involved in producing Gospel tracts, from well known companies such as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to one person shops who feel led to share the Gospel through print.

 

Evangelism ideas that work – what makes an effective Gospel tract

Opinions will vary on this subject but here are mine:

  1. Effective Gospel tracts need to capture attention.  If they don’t then people won’t read them.  Studies have shown that 80% of Gospel tracts are are not read.  Gospel tract manufactures have looked to attention getting copy and images to grab attention.  This  concept follows traditional marketing ideas.  At Memory Cross we took a different approach and created an attention getting design.
  2. Effectively present the Gospel.  Most tracts are limited in copy so it is important they they convey the message in a short but effective way.   At Memory Cross in many cases we have used a QR code to connect the copy to videos or other content on the web which provides more information.  Other Memory Cross tracts leave room to write a personal note or invite people to church.
  3. Easy to carry around.  There are times when you might intentionally be handing out tracts but there are other times when an opportunity presents itself to witness.  If you are open and praying about reaching people with the Gospel God will open doors.  Memory Cross has a number of tracts that are the size of a business card so men and women can have them ready when an opportunity arrises.
  4. Effective Gospel tracts are designed to reach people.  If you are working with children the tract needs to be written and illustrated for children.  If you are going on a mission trip to a Spanish speaking country and teaching kids, the tract should be in their language and designed for their age.  We’ve developed Gospel tracts in varies languages written for children, youth and adults.  Many of the children’s tracts also can be colored which further engages children.
  5. Effective Gospel tracts should be something kids and adults want to keep and look at multiple times.  God can use any message to reach people, but the more interesting the Tract is the more likely people will hang onto it, which is one of the reasons we choose to design tracts using our never ending loop design.  People are much more likely to keep a Memory Cross tract just because it is so unique.

Here are a few other ideas on making print Evangelism ideas that work.

  1. Print up a business card that shares a scripture and invites people to your church.  Ask each person who attends worship to take 5 and pass them out to people they meet during the week.  A spin off on this idea is to print up a business card for an upcoming special event (trunk or treat, fall festival, Christmas or Easter events).  If you have 100 people attending your church and only 1/2 hand out the cards you’ve invited 250 people to your church next Sunday.  Get members in the habit of doing this and watch attendance explode (provided your church is a live, vibrant place to be where the Gospel is presented.)

Technology will continue to change the way people share their faith but Gospel tracts will continue to play an important part in helping share the Gospel.  Next article on Evangelism ideas that work:  Facebook.  With over 1 billion people on line and 750 million checking in a couple times a month it can be a powerful way to share the Gospel and grow a church.

Take a moment and check out all the Effective Evangelism ideas that work at Memory Cross.  We’ll even send you a free sample.  If you found this article helpful sign up to receive updates automatically to your inbox using the sign up box on the sidebar.  The video below shows how print is an evangelism idea that works.  I hope you enjoy watching it.

A Small Act of Love | John & Tara Dickinson

Creative Gospel Tracts

Memory Cross has created some of the most creative Gospel tracts available anywhere in the world.  That might be a bold claim but one that you’ll agree with when you watch the video below.  Each Memory Cross Christian tract is designed using four panels that make a never ending loop.  This design fascinates children, youth and adults in the United States and Gospel Tractsacross the world.

The idea for the design came from Andy Lambert who is a Pastor in the United Methodist church.  He was looking for an effective way to help children memorize Bible verses.  By coming up with something that captured their attention and broke the verse down into four sections he found children learned verses quickly.  It was not long before the idea came to use Memory Cross as witnessing tracts.  Since people were totally fascinated by the design Andy figured we already had their attention, so putting a positive, encouraging message of hope on the tract was the next logical step.

Other Christian organizations such as LifeWay and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association agreed and created their own version using the Memory Cross design.

Is this not one of the coolest ways to present the Gospel?  Many people don’t want a regular Gospel tract but they are excited to receive a Memory Cross tract.  Not only will they read it but they’ll show it to their friends as well.

  • We’ve developed Gospel tracts for children, youth and adults.  The kid’s tracts are available in two different formats:
  • Colorful tracts for kids that present the Gospel Tracts that allow children to color and decorate the card.  The size of this tract is 6 inches square and they are printed mostly in black and white which allows the kids to color them in.  These have become very popular for VBS and mission trips where people are ministering to children in other countries.  They are available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole with various messages.

 Here are a few comments that we’ve received about our Gospel Tracts:

  • I am so glad you sell blanks so we can personalize them ourselves. The kids were amazed how a flat piece of paper could fold and change so many times! They were the highlight of our arts and crafts at Vacation Church School! Thanks for a great product we could personalize to fit our church’s needs. Krista Loucas- Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Richmond, VA
  • Memory Crosses hit Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala. What a blessing to be able to share the story of the life of Jesus with this amazing craft! a HUGE hit! – Lisa Keller
  • We just got these to take to Guatemala. These tracts are wonderful and we cant wait to pass them out!
  • Kids thought they were really cool! Thank you! What a great idea!  – Sally Doyle

Jesus called each of us to go and make disciples.  The first step is telling them about the Gospel.  We wanted to create Gospel tracts that people appreciated receiving, witnessing tracts that people felt comfortable to hand out and that had Biblically based and inspiring messages, written in a language that today’s children, youth and adults understand.  Many of our newer tracts have a QR code (barcode that smart phones can read that link to the web) that will send people to the web for more information along with videos.  Smartphones are exploding and it only made sense to not limit God’s Word to what could be printed on the tract.  The tract might get their attention and they’ll visit the website where we’ve put up powerful videos that inspire people to draw into a relationship with Him.

For more information about our Gospel tracts for children, youth or adults visit our store today.  There you can request a free sample and see for yourself why this card is such a powerful witnessing tool.

 

Gospel Tracts for Truckers

Memory Cross has created Gospel tracts for truckers.  Many Christian truckers choose to share their faith through tracts but unfortunately many of those tracts are not read.  Memory Gospel Tracts for TruckersCross has addressed that issue by creating tracts for truckers that are so unique they get read  and even pass it along.  Each card appears to be a double sided card with a bunch of slits but on closer examination it actually contains two hidden panels and together the four panels make an endless loop.  The video below shows how it works.

Gospel tracts for truckers video

Gospel Tracts for Truckers by Memory Cross.

There is nothing out on the market like this card so it attracts people’s curiosity.   They’ll try and figure out how it works.  The unique design makes it a perfect Gospel tract for truckers who may leave them at truck stops or with their waitress along with a tip.  The idea started with Pastor Andy Lambert who wanted to create a unique card to teach children Scripture.  The concept quickly caught on as a creative way to share your faith.

Gospel tracts for truckers present a positive and encouraging message many incorporating a QR code that links a smart phone to a website.  We’ve put up videos and other resources on the landing pages that link to each tract.  If you would like to know more about Memory Cross Gospel tracts for truckers visit our website.  Besides Gospel tracts Memory Cross creates Scripture memory cards that help children and adults memorize Bible verses and Bible story cards that help children learn Bible stories.

Haitian Creole Gospel tract for kids

Haitian Creole Gospel tract for kids now available

Memory Cross has finished a Haitian Creole Gospel tract for kids.  Scriptures from the book of Romans were used to help Haitian children understand God’s plan of salvation.   Designed using our exclusive four panel design that never stop folding it captures the attention of children while presenting the Gospel in their native language.  This Haitian Gospel tract measures 6″ square so it is easy to take on a mission trip and is printed on premium 100 lb. Accent opaque cover which is a premium bright white cover paper so it holds up well even when folded hundreds of times.  Bring along some crayons and you’ll have a craft project that kids will love and want to keep.

Watch the video below to see the tract in action.

The four panels are shown below.  It was designed so children could color or decorate it with stickers.  If you are going on a mission trip to Haiti and working with children you’ll find kids love this tract.  To see larger images of this Haitian tract or for a free sample visit our store.  If you want to receive a free sample be sure to tell us that you want a sample of the Haitian tract when ordering.

Haitian Creole Gospel Tract for Kids

 

 

 

 

 Gospel Tracts for Mission Trips to Haiti

We decided to make this kid’s Haitian tract because we had several friends who want to Haiti on a regular basis and they could not find Gospel tracts designed for children in Haitian that were also a craft project.  When they got back from their trip they said the kids loved the Haitian tracts so we decided to make them available to others going on mission trips to Haiti.

Besides Haitian tracts Memory Cross also has tracts available in Spanish and a wordless version.  If you have other resources for mission trips to Haiti post them in the comment section.  If you are thinking of going on a short term mission trip to Haiti but are not sure how to get started check out Short Term Missions.  They are a great place to start your search.

Few pictures of various mission trips where children have been presented the Gospel using Memory Cross cards.

Haitian Gospel Tracts