God wants churches to grow by bringing in new believers rather than through the transfer of believers from one church to another.
How do we revitalize a church’s efforts in evangelism? Here are three suggestions:
- Lead by example. Examine your own track record and then ask, “Am I talking about unbelievers or am I talking to unbelievers?” Whatever your position in the church, encourage people to do what you are doing, not simply what you are telling them to do.
- Initiate training. One of the main reasons believers do not share their faith is that they don’t know how. Surveys indicate that many believers wish they had evangelism training, yet it has not been offered to many of them. So ask God to use you to initiate training. If you don’t feel comfortable leading a group, perhaps you could be instrumental in other ways, such as providing the financial resources to obtain training materials or organizing the class and finding a teacher.
- Pray! Then pray some more. Why? First, evangelism is God-sized business. He wants a church to be evangelistic and as you do your part, He will do His. Ask Him to provide laborers among believers in accordance with Luke 10:2 and open doors among non-Christians in accordance with Colossians 4:3. Second, churches involved in evangelism often experience satanic opposition as the church in Smyrna encountered (2:10). Evangelism takes direct action against Satan’s system. His primary tools are discouragement and opposition. But remain steadfast, being fully aware “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). It will only be a matter of time before prayer and persistence will pay off.