5 things evangelistic churches do (small churches included)

September 17th, 2014

Your church may not consider itself “evangelistic.” It may self-identify as more of a “discipleship” church. Maybe your church is one that is bold about reaching the ends of the earth through the financial support of missionaries, but shy about reaching out in the local neighborhood. Maybe the people of the church are under the impression that it is only the role of the church leader to do evangelism.

Discipleship is good. Global missions is good. It is understandable the people defer to the leader in this matter. However, the truth is that the Church is commanded to and given the privilege of evangelism. Believers get to tell others about Jesus!

The church as the fellowship of believers and has been given the Great Commission.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 NIV

The church as the fellowship of believers and has been given the ministry of reconciliation.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Cor 5:17-19 NIV

God intended for his people to be evangelistic. It is his plan that we would proclaim the gospel to the world, sharing his message of salvation with our family, friends, neighbors and strangers.

So, how do we do this?

5 things evangelistic churches do:

Give priority resources (money and promotion) to evangelistic (non-missions) activities that impact the community within a five mile radius of the church.

You probably already have activities like this on the church calendar, you just never considered inviting anyone outside your inner circle. You have been doing the Harvest Festival and Christmas program for yourselves. It’s time you invited the people who need experiences like these the most.

Put your invitations in print and personalize when able. (mailers, invite cards, etc…).

Sometimes a church sign is just not good enough. A card in the mail that has your worship service times and an invitation to your children’s activities, etc…will go a long way to communicating a welcoming spirit as well as giving information on how to get connected with your church. Small business size cards are a great tool that can be used by the church members to invite people to be their guest at church.

Preach the gospel message with a clear invitation for response.

I am not saying you need to do this every week. But, if you know that there are visitors in your midst, then now is the time. We can get accustomed to the Gospel when we have been in church for a long time. We forget that there are still so many people who don’t understand that Jesus loves them. They don’t understand The Cross. We need to keep preaching the message with an invitation.

Tell the stories of those being saved (testimonies).

There is nothing like hearing a person’s salvation story to remind and motivate the church. Hearing about God’s work among people in a fresh way inspires people to share their faith. We hear that story and we think of our family and friends who have not come to know Jesus yet and we want it for them anew. God puts an urgency in our heart to tell the good news to those who need to know it. Better yet, when possible have the witness and the new Christian tell their story together. By highlighting this real and true picture of what God has entrusted to his people, the church can then see more clearly what evangelism is all about.

Teach people how to share their faith with evangelism training classes.

Even those who have been a Christian for a long period of time will often negate evangelism because they “don’t know what to say.” Without the confidence of training, Christians often don’t step out to tell people about Jesus. They are afraid to say something wrong: they are afraid to be embarrassed. Their faith is important to them and they care about the person they are speaking with—and they don’t want to “mess it up.” Classes that equip the believer in gospel-sharing will go a long way to building confidence in each individual.

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