5 Steps for Church Leaders to help Churches Recover Evangelism
"Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe." If that’s the case, I think an argument can be made that Evangelicals have abandoned any actual belief in evangelism. We have become a missionary people without a mission. We have turned evangelism and mission into bywords that are used incessantly but are buttressed with very little actual engagement or action on the part of the typical Christian.
A study conducted by LifeWay Research found 80 percent of those who attend church one or more times a month believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith, but 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months. Only 25 percent of churchgoers say they have shared their faith once or twice over the last six months. The Evangelical church can claim to be an evangelistic people - a church on mission - but the behavior betrays their belief. The facts are in and it is clear, the church has a behavior problem that is fueled by a belief problem.
So what can we do about it? It’s definitely easier said than done, with that said I’d like to offer five simple but often abandoned commitments that your church might want to reconsider.
First things first, don’t make this too difficult. Find someone who doesn’t know Jesus and somehow share with them the hope of the gospel. Understandably many christians have been uncomfortable with various forms of evangelism that distort the gospel message but I fear that our discomfort has led to evangelistic paralysis. Don’t over complicate it; find a way to share the gospel that’s comfortable to you and use it. Sure someone may complain ...