I suppose any person who has been around evangelical Christianity for any length of time is familiar with the practice of passing out Gospel tracts. Over the past 15 years or so, I have had conversations with many people, including numerous pastors and missionaries, about the philosophy of Gospel tracts. During the course of these conversations, several main issues have come up time and again. These issues are:
1. Are Gospel tracts a vital tool or a waste of time?
2. How much Bible must be in a Gospel tract?
3. Does every Gospel tract need to present the Gospel in its entirety?
4. Is a straightforward approach better, or is it better to “ease into” the message?
5. How important is cultural relevance, and is there a “silver bullet”?
6. What level of quality is suitable and necessary to the Gospel message?
7. Can a foreigner write an effective tract in a language that is not his own?
8. Should we print tracts in America and then ship them, or print them on the field?