Sunday, June 4, 2017

Making Evangelism Count: The Leadership Role.

In today's world of seeking comfort by all means, so many Pastors have unwittingly estrange that which is real mission of Christ death,

reconciliation unto God through Evangelism. The mindset and pride of place of Evangelism has turned the church to unfruitful ground. In our earlier article: we examined the place of Jesus in modern churches and ministries. An all out Evangelism will raise disciples for Christ, whereas, the exclusive indoor fellowship will more often than not, raise local assemble disciples who are first accountable to G.O, before God.

With these cultural odds stacked against us, how do we keep ourselves from becoming defeated in sharing our faith? More than that, how do we become effective in leading others in the area of evangelism? Here are simple steps that will help us lead our churches into fulfilling the call to make disciples.

Be a witness for Christ, even if you’re not an evangelist.

The truth is that not everyone is an evangelist. In fact, many pastors are not gifted in evangelism, but that doesn’t mean we don’t tell others about what God has done for us through Jesus. Although Jesus gives His disciples different spiritual gifts, He commissions all of us to be His witnesses and testify to what He has done (Acts 1:8, Matthew 4:19, John 20:21).

Later in scripture, Paul exhorts Timothy to do the work of an evangelist, even though that probably wasn’t his primary gifting (2 Timothy 4:5). In order to shift the tide of evangelism in our churches, we must first take greater ownership of it ourselves.

Marshal a plan your assembly can imitate.

Too many pastors have limited their outreach to only include those who walk through the church doors, brought by the people in their church. Pastors have often stopped reaching out in their own everyday lives. There may be many legitimate reasons for this, but if we want to see our churches become vibrant in evangelism, we begin by modeling outreach that our people can imitate!

This means that we need to set an example of reaching out to others wherever we run into them – whether in our neighborhood, at the local gatherings, through the activities of our kids, or through our own personal hobbies. As church leaders, if we are not missional in our everyday lives, our people will not be missional either. We cannot lead what we are not living.

Exploit opportunities: encourage unchurched visitors with opportunities in Christ.

Whether we’re aware of it or not, we prepare for and structure our services and ministries based on who we expect to attend. If we don’t expect unchurched people to be there, we may find ourselves using insider language that would likely be confusing for a first-time guest. It’s essential to anticipate unchurched people in our congregations and to make sure we translate the insider language so that unchurched people can understand and relate.

Be expectant of unchurched visitors. Prepare a welcome team, encourage them on. Use them as leads to others. it will go a long way toward motivating our people to invite unchurched people, as well as making visitors feel welcomed. It will also powerfully demonstrate the love of God, who goes out of His way to communicate to us.

Turn all opportunities into an evangelistic edge.

No matter what ministry you lead, it is possible to cultivate an evangelistic edge – and it is critical that you do so! For instance
, let there be an opportunity to appeal for Evangelism, church reach out, church growth, leading and/training arrangements in our announcements. Alter calls and rededication and general recognition and prayers for first timers.
Create an awareness of a Jesus people in your neighborhood. Organized local Crusades or Open Air gatherings. Be interested in the plight of the people. Sow into the your immediate society. Let the people see what good Jesus can do through church leadership, and they will naturally glorify the Father.
Church is about building God's kingdom lifestyle from Jerusalem to the utmost part...

You are not an island, engage other gifts.

“Vision leaks”, “Evangelism evaporates!” If we don't have people in our lives with whom we share our outreach stories and struggles, mission drift will inevitably set in. It honestly doesn’t take long for evangelism to slip off our list of priorities, other gifted leaders help us move past our own evangelism - related barriers.
Set up a determined, workable and achievable goals or targets. Be accountable and see the church grow through leaps and bounds unto a vibrant organ. I have seen in recent times, the field is still wide and ripe. And souls are still searching for a saving faith.

Be unique, be Christ centered.

In the midst controversy, stand out, stand forth. The world longs to see genuine care and servanthood extended not just to our own fellow believers, but to all! In the midst of a cultural climate that seems dead-set against evangelism, we have an incredible opportunity to lead our congregations into effective and vibrant love for God and people that draws the unchurched toward Jesus.

With blessings from trucitadel.

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