Fall is upon us. The smell in the air and the cool breeze mark a new season for us all. What a great time to make the most important thing … the most important thing. How do we sew into the fabric of our ministry/church the earnest desire to be more evangelistic? Here are a few opportunities:
1. Football is in the air. Nothing excites a community like their local football team. Did you know that the football team is often operated with less funds and assistance that they actually need? Here is how you can help ... (a) pray for the coaches and players (b) call the coaching staff to see if your church can cook for the team or at least the coaching staff (c) create a “fan item” (with church info) to be handed out at the game. Continue reading “Church, Fall and Evangelism”
How to Measure an Evangelistic Disciple-Making Program/Process
When considering an evangelism method, a measuring tool will add objectivity. Whether you are considering a new or repeated method, a measuring tool is necessary. The Evangelistic Metric and Measurement Assessment Scale (EMMA) Scale is a value rubric for prediscipleship programs. The rubric measures the value of considered evangelistic programs and processes. The purpose of the measuring value is to assess if the necessary evangelistic elements are present in the program. The rubric consists of two processes: (1) a pre-program measurement, (2) and a post-program measurement. Continue reading “The Evangelistic Metric and Measurement Assessment Scale”
Spiritual growth is of highest priority, and numerical growth is important too. Preparing messages, organizing discipleship methods, praying and preparing for worship are vital during the week-to-week labor of ministry. Also important are the following four maneuvers that draw people so that you can help them grow spiritually. Four weekly maneuvers that most often go overlooked: Continue reading “Four Overlooked Church Growth Processes”
Giving an invitation is an ingredient to growing (numerical and spiritual) churches. Did you know that an invitation is not just a public worship element? Three other ways we give invitations:
1. Group Invitation: We give invitations after a public (group) worship service. Some churches like to offer a public invitation to respond to the message that was presented. Continue reading “Three Ways EVERY Christian Can Give Invitations to Surrender to Jesus”
I know what some of you are thinking. Shouldn’t starting a conversation about Jesus be like starting a conversation about anything else? Well, of course, but the only difference is the cultural stigma, lack of practice and spiritual warfare that goes along with it. Here are five ingredients to be able to talk more about Jesus to people around you.
1. Pray. Are you praying about opportunities? Prayer is a powerful tool that aligns me to God’s heart and plan for me and my day. Prayer is a method of seeking the Lord and to align my thoughts and ways with His thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:3-9). When I encounter someone that is struggling, I can easily empathize or sympathize when I am on God’s page. The empathy/sympathy builds a desire/passion to share with them Jesus who has an answer for their pain. Continue reading “Five Ingredients When Starting a Conversation About Jesus”
1. Intentional (Acts 20:20). An element that is common amongst churches in Tennessee that tend to baptize 20 or more people a year is intentionality. The highly evangelistic churches do not share similarities in worship style, dress code, ecclesiological structure, etc. The similarities they share are that they all love Jesus, the community around them and are intentional when considering how to engage their community with Jesus’ love. PRACTICAL: Be intentional to tell someone of the hope, love, peace and forgiveness of Jesus. Continue reading “Five Elements of an Evangelistic Culture”
Biblical proclamation is not only for the pulpit.
We hear much about the content of preaching and disciplines such as hermeneutics. Discussions of preaching revolve around what we are preaching and the listener sitting in the church. The content is of precious focus and let me suggest that the context is as well. Many of our seminaries, literature and teachers propose that you cannot have a healthy church without healthy preaching. I do not disagree, but only offer an additional characteristic. Where does preaching/proclaiming take place? Where did it take place in the Bible? Continue reading “Preaching Is Supreme… but Where?”
An excellent way to communicate love and kindness to your community is through hand-written letters. Handwriting letters is a non-aggressive method that Climate Changers will love.
Here is the method: (1) Obtain blank cards and envelopes. (2) Obtain addresses of the recipients. (This could be done through the Mapping Center, provided to you by the Tennessee Baptist Convention.) (3) Distribute blank cards and addresses to members/leaders of your church. (4) Have the members/leaders write short notes to the recipients. You could encourage them to do it at home or have a special time during service to write the card. (5) Encourage member/leader to mail the letter that week. Most members will buy the postage on their own and mail it out. Continue reading “Climate Changers Part 2: Hand-Written Letters”
Evangelism in the New Testament is organic — natural and irregular. Evangelism should occur naturally from all believers and will occur at irregular times. Evangelism was not programmed. Instead, evangelism arose from personal preparation.
The evangelist was prepared because evangelism could happen at anytime with anyone, as the Holy Spirit guided. The heart of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) is that we are to be prepared to share our faith “while we are going, journeying, traveling and dying.” Continue reading “Climate Changers Part 1: Evangelism That’s Easy and Fun”