I am amazed that God has allowed Calvary Fellowship to be much an evangelistic church that reaches primarily unchurched people. The reason I’m so amazed is because I’m not an evangelist. I’m a Bible teacher. That’s my sweet spot. Teaching through books of the Bible and feeding God’s people.
While that’s my primary gifting, my passion is to see lost people found. Nothing gives me greater joy than to see a lost person give their life to Jesus and start growing in their faith.
I know a lot of Pastors who aren’t evangelists in gifting and that’s their “pass” for not being intentionally evangelistic in their services. Can I be honest? I think it’s a cop out. Even if you aren’t an evangelist, we still have
to “do the work of an evangelist”.
I’ve been reflecting on this because it was 11 years ago today that my wife and I with 5 other people gathered in a living room for a bible study that later became Calvary Fellowship. We didn’t reach anyone in those first 18 months because “I wasn’t an evangelist”. Then I woke up to the fact that God wanted to use our church to reach lost people if I would simply get over myself and the result has been that over 3,000 people in the last 4
years have come to know Jesus at Calvary.
One of the reasons churches stay small is because of the Pastor’s mindset. He says he isn’t an evangelist and the rest of the church follows suit. Then when they decide to do some kind of promotion or outreach, it isn’t well
thought out and the results are poor.
So here’s a few ways to turn up the evangelistic heat in your services:
1. Preach the Gospel every week.
We present the Gospel in just about every service at Calvary. Do you what happened we started doing that? People started getting saved in every service at Calvary.
2. Listen to great evangelistic preaching.
I find that when I listen to great preachers present the Gospel, I get fired up about evangelism personally.
3. Think about your message from the unchurched person’s point of view.
Read through your message from the perspective of the person who doesn’t know Jesus. Is there anything that isn’t understandable? Confusing? If there is, then make sure you explain the topic clearly. People can’t respond to an unclear message.
4. It takes a steady stream of first time guests to see lots of decisions.
This means, if you want to reach a lot of unchurched people you need a system of seeing lots of first timers at your church.
In my Outreach Ninja coaching program, we help Pastors develop a system, and give them the practical tools they need to reach their community.
Here’s the bottom line:
Unchurched people will respond to a clear Gospel message whether you’re a gifted evangelist or not. So get the unchurched from your community in your seats and see God work as the Gospel goes forth.