Podcast Episode #305
Evangelism in the church is waning, so today we cover 10 questions you can use to determine the evangelistic health of your church. Also, the “bee-line to the cross” quote is Spurgeon after all.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Relational evangelism without a gospel presentation is not really evangelism.
- Once you move people to an outward focus, they stop thinking about themselves as much.
- Many people don’t pray for lost people by name because they don’t know anyone outside their holy huddle.
- We should be praying for eternal issues as much as (if not more than) temporal issues.
- Becoming evangelistic requires getting outside of your comfort zone.
- When you’re a good evangelistic leader in a church, you’re probably leading outwardly.
- Small groups should be one of the most evangelistic tools a church has.
- The priority of the leaders will become the priority of the church.
The 10 questions we cover are:
- Are members more concerned about the lost than their own preferences and comfort?
- Is the church led to pray for lost persons?
- Are the members of the church open to reaching people who don’t look or act like them?
- Do conflicts and critics zap the evangelistic energy of the church?
- Do small groups and Sunday school classes seek to reach lost persons within their groups?
- Is the leadership of the church evangelistic?
- Do the sermons regularly communicate the gospel?
- Are there ministries in the church that encourage members to be involved in evangelistic outreach and lifestyle?
- Have programs become ends in themselves rather than means to reach people?
- Is there any process of accountability for members to be more evangelistic?
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