A Thought on Evangelism and Church Structure

“If we really want to reach people for Christ by developing quality relationships with lost people, we will have to rethink the schedules of our church organizations. Our church schedules can easily prevent us from being the church as we invest time going to multiple meetings at the church building. We too easily create systems that do not support evangelism. Evaluate whether your church’s systems and startegies are supporting those who are willing to share their faith or keeping them excessively busy to they have no time to share.
“Coaching a Little League team may be the most spiritual activity in a Christian man’s week. Participating in a PTO may be a great service to the kingdom in a mother’s week” (Will McRaney, The Art of Personal Evangelism, pp.119-200).

In a culture where productivity is of utmost importance, many churches have opted for the big evangelistic event. They have forsaken the hard, emotional work of getting involved in people’s live – opting for the hard, superficial work of planning and marketing. Since people are impressed with numbers, rather than true conversions, invite-your-friend Sunday has taken precedence.

What a beautiful thing to have your friend invite you into their life and social circles. That’s when you know you have incarnated the Gospel for them. Anyone can organize a big event. It takes a patient, Spirit-filled Christian to love and care for someone who does not know Jesus yet.

Comments 2

  1. Matt,

    What a timely excerpt and issue to raise. I fully agree that we (and I say we as a pastor in a church)are so busy with ‘good things’ that we are taking the relationships with unbelievers out of our busy schedules. My wife and I talk about this often, we don’t have time to have our neighbors over because of another meeting or another event. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Church, it is the greatest place and there is no place I would rather serve than in the Church. But my love compels me to agree with this assessment. My pastoral mentor continually reminds me that ministry is messy. Getting involved in relationships is hard. This may be the most important lesson I am learning in organized church life.


    Ken Schmidt

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