Equipping a congregation.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for ministers and pastors is how to equip their entire congregation to evangelise effectively their friends and families. We long that every person in our church feels able to spread the good news about Jesus Christ. But how to do it? How do you grow a culture of evangelism in a church?
TRY IT OUT YOURSELF
Then introduce it as a foundational platform in the church’s evangelism strategy. You can supplement and reinforce this by preaching through the gospel of John over the course of 4 years, for example teaching chapters 1 to 4 in year 1, chapters 5 to 10 in year 2, 11 to 17 in year 3, and 18-21 in year 4.
Homegroups and Bible study groups follow the preaching sessions in their weekly meetings using the Word One to One materials alongside additional materials.
Ask particular individuals within your church from each age group/ministry area to Champion the resource within their peer group. They share stories across the church regularly to encourage others as they see how the gospel is at work in their communities.
SHARE FROM THE FRONT
When you’re preaching on a Sunday morning, don’t forget to regularly hold up a copy of The Word One to One and offer it as a follow-on to those who want to find out more about what’s been said in the service, remembering that all you’re offering initially is just one coffee meeting with someone who would love to look at the Bible with them and see what it really has to say about Jesus.
We will also be providing some free resources you can use in your church to promote The Word One to One, share with your leadership to get them on board with evangelism in this way, or share with your congregation to help enthuse them about the ease of reading the Bible with their friends. Stay tuned!