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May 2014


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Lead Your Church to be Evangelistic  by Thom Rainer

Article Excerpt:

Each year it seems local churches are devoting less time, less funding and less emphasis to equipping, encouraging and sending people to share the good news of Christ, particularly within their immediate communities. I believe the lack of evangelism within the local church is reaching a crisis stage.Entire regions within North America are largely unchurched.

Now, more than ever, we have a pressing need for more evangelistic churches. The sad irony is that our evangelistic efforts are diminishing while a significant number of non-Christians are more receptive to hearing about Jesus from a Christian.

As a church leader, you have a responsibility to honestly assess your current effectiveness in evangelism. Does your church have intentional ministries focused on spreading the good news of Jesus Christ? What training programs are in place to ensure your members are equipped to confidently share their faith? And, what are you doing to be more evangelistic and to demonstrate your commitment to personal evangelism?

Here are 10 ways pastors can lead their churches to be more evangelistic.

  1. Begin with prayer.
  2. Build relationships with non-believers.
  3. Become accountable to someone else for sharing the gospel.
  4. Start new groups.
  5. Preach the gospel.
  6. Include evangelism in new members classes.
  7. Celebrate new believers.
  8. Get the gospel in all the ministries.
  9. Evangelize young people in the church.
  10. Have a meal with a non-believer.

Evangelism can easily become a forgotten element of the church. It takes intentional effort to make evangelism a priority. Talk about it from the pulpit and in your informal conversations with church members.

Millions of lost people are waiting to hear the good news. The church must not be silent.


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How to Get the Church on Board with Vision by Artie Davis

You spend some great time with God.

You really feel you know what the next step of Kingdom growth for your church should look like.
You begin to move in that direction and earnestly try and get buy in, just to be met with disappointment and frustration.

This happens all too often when a leader fails to establish a “Vision Protection” team.

Think back to Jesus’ day. He had a vision protection team. It had 3 parts…

1 – John (the 1)

This is a very influential person in the church. They have a lot of maturity and pull with those in authority. This is like the first person you help see the next step. Answer all the questions and cast the vision for Kingdom fruit, not just programs or process.

2 – Peter, James and John (the 3)

These are like your “Mighty Men” who guard and help push the vision with understanding and conviction. They should not only be people that are influential, but should be close to you as a leader.

3- Your circle of “Followers” (the 12)

This is your team of front line leaders. They could be key staff and leaders, small group leaders, deacons or just key volunteers. This team needs to be definitive and communicated to with great passion and detail.

This group will field most of the questions and concerns that don’t come to the first chair leader. So they need to be fully informed and understand the next steps and know why they are important. They need to be sold out and speak positively about the vision.


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8 Reasons Why Most Churches Don't Break 200 in Attendance by Carey Nieuwhof

While social media, and even traditional media, are still preoccupied with megachurches and multisite churches, the reality is that most churches in North America are quite small.

The Barna group pegs the average Protestant church size in America at 89 adults. Sixty percent of protestant churches have less than 100 adults in attendance. Only 2 percent have over 1,000 adults attending.

Please understand, there’s nothing wrong with being a small church. I just know that almost every small church leader I speak to wants his or her church to  grow.

I get that. That’s the mission of the church. Every single day, I want our church to become more effective in reaching one more person with the hope that’s in Christ.

So, why is it that most churches never break the 200 attendance mark?

It’s not:
  • Desire.
  • A lack of prayer.
  • Love.
  • Facility.
Let’s just assume you have a solid mission, theology and heart to reach people.

You know why most churches still don’t push past the 200 mark in attendance?

You ready?

They organize, behave, lead and manage like a small organization.

Think about it.

There’s a world of difference between how you organize a corner store and how you organize a larger supermarket. In a corner store, Mom and Pop run everything. Want to talk to the CEO? She’s stocking shelves.

Mom and Pop do everything, and they organize their business to stay small. Which is fine if you’re Mom and Pop and don’t want to grow.

But you can’t run a supermarket that way. You organize differently. You govern differently. There’s a produce manager and people who only stock shelves. There’s a floor manager, shift manager, general manager and so much more.

So what’s the translation to church world?

Here are eight reasons churches who want to grow end up staying small:

1. The pastor is the primary caregiver.

Honestly, if you just push past this one issue, you will have made a ton of progress. When the pastor has to visit every sick person, do every wedding and funeral, and make regular house calls, he or she becomes incapable of doing other things.

2. The leaders lack a strategy.

Many churches today are clear on mission and vision. What most lack is a widely shared and agreed upon strategy.

Your vision and mission answers the why and what of your organization. Your strategy answers how. And how is critical.

3. True leaders aren’t leading.

In every church, there are people who hold the position of leadership and then there are people who are truly leaders (who may not hold any position in your church).

Release people who hold titles but aren’t advancing the mission, and hand the job over to real leaders. If you actually have leaders leading, it will make a huge difference.

4. Volunteers are unempowered.

Sure, small churches may not have the budget to hire other staff, but you have people. Once you have identified true leaders, and once you’re clear on your mission, vision and strategy, you need to release people to accomplish them.

Try to do it all yourself and you will burn out, leave, or simply be ineffective.  

5. The governance team micromanages.

If you need permission every time you need to buy paper towels or repaint an office, you have a governance issue.

6. Too many meetings.

I led a church with a grand total of 50 people in attendance. We had 16 elders. Overall, the church was in evening meetings two to three times a week. Why on earth would a church that small need to meet that often?

Now, although we have a much bigger church, I’m only out one or two nights a week (and then, mostly for small group). If you’re going to meet, meet on purpose for the future.

7. Too many events and programs that lead nowhere.

Activity does not equal accomplishment. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re being effective. There are a lot of programs that accomplish little and lead nowhere. Stop them.

Yes, people will be mad. Even have the courage to cut some good programs. Good is the enemy of great. Then go out and do a few great things.

8. The pastor suffers from a desire to please everybody.

Many pastors I know are people-pleasers by nature. Go see a counselor. Get on your knees. Do whatever you need to do to get over the fear of disappointing people.

Courageous leadership is like courageous parenting. Don’t do what your kids want you to do; do what you believe is best for them in the end. Eventually, many of them will thank you.

And the rest? Honestly, they’ll probably go to another church that isn’t reaching many people either.

I realize the diagnosis can sound a little harsh, but we have a pretty deep problem on our hands. And radical problems demand radical solutions.


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The Holy Spirit Empowers by Robert Morris

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NKJV

Have you ever received really bad news, and yet you somehow sensed an unbelievable peace and knew everything was going to be okay? That was the Holy Spirit working in your life. When you don’t have enough faith on your own, the Holy Spirit gives you the faith you need to make it through. He empowers you and gives you peace. You just have to be open to receive His help.

The only way you can receive His help is by spending time in prayer. Prayer alone prepares you to hear the Holy Spirit and receive His gifts. The more time you spend in prayer, the more clearly you are able to hear His voice and the less often you mistake it for your own.

The Holy Spirit continually intervenes miraculously in our lives, but we often think it’s mere
coincidence. The reality is the Holy Spirit not only wants to do miracles in your life, He also
wants to do miracles through your life. Nothing is too hard for the Holy Spirit. He wants to
empower you on a daily basis. The Holy Spirit is everywhere, and His gifts are for every believer— including you!

Are you open to receive His gifts and His help today?

What is the Holy Spirit saying to me?

  • Seek the Lord every day, listen for His voice and be transformed by His Holy Spirit.
  • When you have a decision to make, take the time to ask God for His will in the situation.
  • When you’re praying, don’t do all the talking. Be still, and allow the Holy Spirit to talk to you.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to direct and redirect your prayer life so that you are constantly in relationship with Him.
  • The Holy Spirit wants to give you faith to believe for certain things that you’ve been praying for. Receive that faith today! Don’t doubt and don’t talk yourself out of it!

Romans 8:26–27; Galatians 4:
6; James 5:13–18; John 14:12; John 16:7; Psalm 55:16–17;Jeremiah 29:12–13; Psalm 51:1–3


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