True or False? Evangelism is about baptizing the lost.
Answer: False While evangelism does entail baptizing the lost, the text emphasizes making “disciples.”
True or False? The church of Christ has experienced a decline in numbers.
Answer True: There are 708 fewer churches and 102,138 fewer members in the last 10 years. Christian Chronicle, February 2012
Evangelism is Reaching Sinners Retaining the Saved Restoring the Strays
The problem: “ Churches can lose their outward focus and become preoccupied with the perceived needs and desires of the members. The dollars spent and the time expended can quickly become focused on the demands of those inside the congregation.
When that takes place the church has become inwardly obsessed. It is no longer a Great Commission congregation.” Thom S. Rainer
Retaining The Saved “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” Hebrews 2:1
If the back door of a church is left wide open, it doesn’t matter how many people are coaxed to come in the front door – or the side door for that matter.” From Sticky Church by Larry Osborne
Restoring the Strays Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Galatians 6:1
(Luke 15:4) “What man of you having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety- nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
What is Evangelism? Reaching Sinners Retaining the Saved Restoring the Strays
Discovering Evangelism “Best Practices” Effective evangelism requires understanding the mindset of those the church seeks to save.
CONSUMER MINDED Integration: (Will I/we be accepted?)
CONSUMER MINDED Information: (How can the church benefit me? My spouse? My Children?)
CONSUMER MINDED Inspiration: (Is the worship service engaging, exciting and encouraging?)
CONSUMER MINDED Integration – Will I/we be accepted? Information – How can the church benefit me? My spouse? My Children? Inspiration – Is the worship service engaging, exciting and encouraging?
“Research Indicates 75 – 90% of today’s church members joined because of a friend or relative they already knew in that church.” Dr. Charles Arn, President Church Growth, Inc. INTERGRATION: Relationship Formation
The Growing vs the Dying Church The key to church growth is to activate the general membership to be seekers of the lost… We will never be effective in reaching the lost until each member is convicted of their individual obligation to personally share their faith.”
RELATIONSHIP FORMATION People Connect People Programs Do Not
INFORMATION: (What’s in it for me?) The consumer is looking for a product/service/experience that will address some real issues in their lives.
Broken People Want to be part of a healthy church…
Healthy congregations grow the way God intends. Wayne Kilpatrick (Church Grew from 256 in 1973 to 1500 in 2000 Homewood Church of Christ, Birmingham, AL) Christian Chronicle: April 2013 Key Issue: Church Health
Features of Your Product/Service Examples: Children’s Ministry (Will my children’s needs be met?)
Product/Service Features - Benefits How will I/we be better off by being here? Marriage Ministry (Will we learn how to manage our marital problems?)
INFORMATION/CONSUMER “Satisfied Consumers” Many shy away from the “consumer” but the converted “consumer” becomes great advertising for others
Bible Examples: Luke 7:11-17 (The raising of the Widow’s Son) John 4:39 – 42 (The Woman at the Well) John 5:1-47 (Healing at the Pool of Bethesda)
Is the worship service engaging, exciting and encouraging? INSPIRATION:
Characteristics of Growing Churches Powerful Worship Services Visitor Follow-Up Small Group Ministry Serious Children’s Ministry From Clear Choices for Churches: Trends Among Growing and Dying Churches of Christ By John Ellas
Characteristic #1 Powerful Worship Services (Greater factor than the other three combined.)