Updated: May 4, 2019
By Rev. Leslie Stewart
"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
The thing I love most about church planting is helping church members grow into the fullness of discipleship. Matthew 28:16-20 explains The Great Commission given from the resurrected Christ to spread his teachings around the world:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
That's not just a call to cross an ocean. It's a call to cross the street. It's a call to do what you can in YOUR world and reach out to a neighbor or a friend.
It’s easier than you think
Evangelism doesn’t have to be complicated. We use the BLESS model:
B – Be authentic
L – Listen. People will tell you where they are in their faith journey and what they are searching for.
E – Eat. We all have to eat, right? There’s something about breaking bread together that naturally brings people together.
S – Serve. If you’ve listened well, you know how you can best serve someone.
S – Share. Share your own story, faith and struggles.
Here are more ideas on how to easily incorporate evangelism from last year's Evangelism Matters Conference.
Reaching out together
One of the biggest things we've learned at Resurrection is that it's easier if we all go together. We do something quarterly to build the habit in our church of reaching out.
Last Sunday we had Mass in the Grass Neighborhood Bash. We divided up the streets of the local neighborhood beforehand and hung door hangers that had an invitation and a small gift of candy attached. We've always received a few visitors when we do door hangers and all of us share the victory when that happens. We also gave our folks yard signs to reach their own neighbors.
Next Sunday we’ve sponsored a local race benefiting law enforcement. In addition to contributing financially, a large group from our church is hosting a booth, and a few brave souls are running the race. I'll be preaching to the 1,000 race participants that morning.
Extending our reach
We need to reach people outside our church walls. There's no better sense of accomplishment as a disciple than to be a reminder in the world of God's undying love. You don't have to go far, and you don't have to go alone. Go together. If you want, you can go with us!