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We learned from our teacher how to trim the fuel and oxygen mix to produce a blue flame because that was the hottest flame we could get. This allowed us to properly heat whatever liquid or solid that we were working within the lab. Evangelizing our community reminds me of my time in a science lab and working to keep the flame hot on my burner. How do we keep the flame hot for evangelism? Do we foster a culture in our church of people who desire to reach lost people and understand it is their calling as a follower of Jesus Christ?
Serving all my life as a Baptist, I have been involved in several great evangelistic churches. These were cultures where evangelism was passionately preached about. These were churches that were intentional with significant events, ministries, and strategies to reach people. Inevitably still, the desire, urgency, and consistency in reaching people always seemed to grow cold. The number of intentional people sharing their faith was still minimal compared to the number of active members.
We have so emphasized evangelism and making converts that we have unintentionally failed to actually make disciples who, in turn, go and make more disciples. Our mission personally as believers and corporately as the church is the Great Commission. It does not say, “Go and make converts.” It says, “Go and make disciples.”
It begins with changing your churches’ culture to bring balance to evangelism and disciple making. The Watershed Principle is the core strategy for our Discipleship team, demonstrating intentional streams that connect individuals to Christ. This principle helps pastors and churches create a process for developing a healthy and prosperous ministry that produces life change and leads to a church populated with “world-impacting disciple-makers.” You can check out this valuable resource on the Discipleship page.
That balance will make disciples who own the truth that evangelism is never an option for the growing disciple. It’s a way of life! Here are a few questions to think about as you consider how to keep the flame hot for evangelism:
Additionally, our Church Strengthening Department is hard at work, and we want to help you be successful. Please take a moment to fill out our online church strengthening assessment. This tool is designed to help you identify your church areas where there is the most growth potential. Visit the Homepage of gabaptist.org or click here.
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