Imagine for a moment in your church a multitude of laypeople who are genuinely excited about evangelism.
I’ve been crazy busy with school, projects around the house, work, and fireworks so I have had no time for blogging at all. Actually, I had a bit of time the other day but as soon as I took a shower, cooled off, and had a chance to sit down, I was out like a light. Nothing I have ever experienced wears me out like 12 hours of working in 90 plus degree heat.
Anyway, I just read what follows in my Contemporary Evangelism class and thought it was worth sharing.
Imagine for a moment in your church a multitude of laypeople who are genuinely excited about evangelism. These people are not only participating in pre-designed Servanthood Evangelism projects but also are actually taking leadership team positions and using their creativity to initiate new approaches to evangelism. Sound impossible? Well, it is not.
One of the most positive aspects of Servanthood Evangelism lies in its flexibility and motivation for laypeople not only to be involved in the Servanthood Evangelism projects, but also to gain confidence in using their own ingenuity to discover means of communicating Christ through a variety of creative venues. For example, two men at Faith Baptist Church in Wake Forest, NC, bought materials on their own to clean restrooms at local businesses! Another instance occurred through the creativity of the wife of a new mission pastor in Indiana. She gave away small packages of coffee attached to convenient door hangers as a means of both getting acquainted with the community and inviting neighbors to an evangelistic coffee house meeting Saturday evening. Furthermore, the same congregation canvassed the crowd at a citywide parade and gave away packages of candy with a small card containing information concerning the mission’s activities. You could say that they were “just trying to create a sweet taste to mirror their sweet fellowship.” As a result, the new congregation gained valuable prospects, credibility, and much needed community exposure. According to the pastor of the new mission, the contacts also produced numerous baptisms among local citizens.
Another great example is Bedrock Community Church located in Bedford, VA. The founding pastor, Jonge Tate, had the vision to purchase several lawn mowers when he started the church. As a result, the growing congregation mowed hundreds of yards for hurting people, widows, and single mothers, thus opening the door for hundreds of gospel conversations. The church also adopted the local high school and offered free tutoring, meals for the sports teams, assistance for students of families lacking financial stability, you name it! Not only did the church explode in growth, they have also planted several new churches along the way. Ultimately, the church was officially recognized in their community as the top service provider from the school system and Chamber of Commerce. In the end, as Pastor Tate noticed, Servanthood Evangelism transformed his church members into being the church as a daily lifestyle!
Wheeler, David, Servanthood Evangelism Manual
*In the picture is a one of the Bible tracts I never go anywhere without. A few months ago I resolved to pass out 100 tracts a month.