The Carrot Clarinet: Have We Left Evangelism in the Hands of the Experts?


In case you missed it, there’s a fascinating video of a TED Talk from a couple of years ago, in which a man makes a clarinet out of a carrot – and makes an important statement: “We tend to leave music in the hands of the experts.”

Today, consider this simple question: have we left evangelism in the hands of the experts? As you watch the short but mesmerizing video, allow yourself to consider simple, home-spun, creative answers to challenges that face the church.

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Kimberly Reisman is an author, pastor, teacher and theologian serving as Executive Director of World Methodist Evangelism of the World Methodist Council. Prior to beginning at WME, Kim served in local churches, as Executive Director of Next Step Evangelism and General Editor for She is a frequent speaker, focusing on evangelism, spiritual formation, women's ministries, leadership development and the intersection between faith and culture. Kim is an elder in the United Methodist Church and has written numerous books, most recently, The Christ-Centered Woman: Finding Balance in a World of Extremes (2013, Abingdon Press). Kim is also an Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and The School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington.