Casting a Vision for Evangelism: Introduction to Our New Approach
May 16, 2012 6 Comments
One of the biggest questions people have when faced with blazing a trail into a new (or old but forgotten) arena is what can this look like? If you can help people see what something can look like you remove much of the fear of the unknown that might otherwise pose a barrier to starting something new. This series of posts is intended to cast a vision for evangelism for churches large or small. This is still a work in progress and I look forward to learning from you as well.
If we are honest with ourselves many congregations have passive evangelism. We hope people will come. We hope they will be touched by the sermon. We hope they know what to do, where to go, what questions to ask and who to ask them to. Is that realistic? Is that purposeful? Most important – is it biblical & does it actually work? If not, are we willing to try a new approach?
Over the last two years we have been working on how to reach out to new people in order to help them grow into mature disciples of Jesus Christ. I have been wanting to share these thoughts for some time but I just didn’t feel right about it until we had already begun taking action. There is enough action-less talk out there to keep me from jumping in the fray without meat on the theoretical bones. As of last Sunday the plan has begun, people are getting on board and people are taking action. It is all very exciting!
Usually I would give you miles of theory and background before I would describe what we are doing. Instead, I am going to lay out what it looks like and later give you some of the nuts and bolts from behind the scenes. I see it like a well made computer. If you picked it up, turned it on and used it it all seems pretty simple. Underneath the hood there are some moving parts that make it what it is but that isn’t obvious just looking at it sitting on the table. In other words we are trying to take something that could be complicated and make it simple and functional so that anyone can plug into it and do something meaningful with it no matter what their level of maturity.
Here is what is coming. The next post will be a description of what we are doing followed up by why we chose this route and later some posts on what we have learned that got us to this point. I will also be sharing resources that we are developing to supplement this outreach so that you can try them out as well.