Acts 1:8 “You shall be my witnesses…in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, even to the ends of the earth.” I Timothy 2: 3-4 “ This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” This presentation is not intended to be a step by step “how to” instruction on how to conduct evangelism in your church. The purpose of this presentation is give your committee some ideas on how to start and sustain an active Evangelism Committee in your congregation. No one has all the answers, however we pray that this presentation might be used by the Holy Spirit to encourage the pastor and laypeople to be active in the area of evangelism. CONTENTS • Purpose of a Committee • Level One Evangelism • Level Two Evangelism • Level Three Evangelism • Ideas from the Field PURPOSE OF AN EVANGELISM COMMITTEE The committee or board bearing the name, “Evangelism,” has the task of keeping the leadership and members of the congregation outreach minded. This group does not have the sole duty for “doing” the entire evangelistic work of the congregation. The word most commonly associated with this activity is, “Evangelism.” Evangelism means “to tell the Good News of God’s love for all people through the person and work of Jesus. A Simple Motivation The Great Commission, Matthew 28:16-20 “Make disciples of all nations” by “going, baptizing and teaching.” Acts 1:7-8 Jesus simply states, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the to the ends of the earth.” Some NUTS & BOLTS THREE SUGGESTED LEVELS FOR AN EVANGELISM COMMITTEE 1. PUBLICITY AND PUBLIC RELATIONS 2. LIFESTYLE/FRIENDSHIP WITNESSING 3. EVANGELISM TRAINING LEVEL ONE: PUBLICITY AND PUBLIC RELATIONS This level includes anything and everything that holds the name, purpose and activities of your church before the community. This level is unthreatening to most people and therefore allows you to involve many people who might otherwise shy away from anything bearing the name, “Evangelism.” Word of Mouth • Always the best form of publicity • Intentionally done by frequently reminding members to tell friends, relatives, co-workers and acquaintances about your church and things that are happening there, especially regarding upcoming events (VBS, Friendship Sunday, Mission Festival, Sunday school, Adult Education opportunities, etc.) Word of Mouth • Stress the importance of a positive attitude among the membership toward the church worship, pastor, educational programs, fellowship, etc. • Your ideas… Using Weekly Bulletin Announcements It’s a great idea to have outreach reminders and tips printed weekly in the church bulletin. On Site Advertising Church sign Special signs for events Appearance of property On Site Appearance First impressions of the interior of the church when entering are very important Greeters and general reception by members are a plus Your ideas… Media Advertising Web based pages (homepage, Facebook, etc…) These days, the internet has become the dominant means for locating services of any kind. It is highly advisable to have at least a simple home page for your church. This will allow people to easily locate and contact the church. Media Advertising Radio TV ads Weekly newspaper announcement Special event ads News release Yellow pages Your ideas… Other advertising Service activities Direct mail programs Your ideas… Level One Goal Setting… Sample Level One Goal: Activities of the congregation will be regularly publicized to the church and community. Your Ideas… Achievable Objectives… Sample Level One Objective: By Wednesday of each week the publicity committee will update the web page with the time of services, theme of the sermon and any upcoming special activities. Your Ideas… LEVEL TWO: LIFESTYLE/FRIENDSHIP OUTREACH 75-90 percent of people trace their connection to a particular congregation through a friend, relative, neighbor, co-worker, etc. The leadership and congregational members: • Need to be aware of how many in their community are un-churched. • Need to be taught the different ways they can be involved in spreading the Good News. • Need to be reminded regularly of God’s great love in sending His only Son so that all may spend eternity with Him. Level Two Goal: Members will gain skills and be motivated to share their faith in Christ Level Two Objective: (Sample) By _(date)__ the Evangelism Committee will request that the Central Illinois District present a witness workshop at our church. LEVEL 3 EVANGELISM TRAINING This level will involve fewer people as the Christian is prepared to sit down and discuss another person’s life situation in light of the Gospel. Needed at this level are people who… • • • • • are strong in their faith and regular in Bible study enjoy talking to people are good listeners are patient, allowing the Holy Spirit to work are willing to receive specific training in making a presentation of the Christian faith • will be specifically recruited for the task The Utilization of the Evangelism Committee • When calling on newcomers to the community or acting on referrals from other sources • Follow-up (phone) call on visitors to worship or other church activity, Sunday school, VBS or Christian Day School • Contact the un-churched spouse of a member of the congregation Recruiting Committee Members Prepare a “job description” before recruiting a committee so they know clearly what is being asked of them. Look for people talented in each of the three levels of evangelism. For example, someone with writing talents or advertising experience could be responsible for the first level. Job Description could include: • a statement of the main purpose of the committee • a description of the three levels of evangelism • a statement of qualification for the position • a listing of tasks and duties ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS: • make sharing the Good News of Jesus your top priority • make Bible study and prayer a regular part of the committee meeting • recruit committee members who have a heart for the lost • know the community in which you live and the needs of the people who reside there • provide opportunity for committee members to grow in their knowledge of evangelism • encourage others in the congregation to become involved Level Three Goal: (Sample) Visitors will be contacted within 48 hours of attendance at our church Level Three Objective: (Sample) By __(Date)__ four people will be identified and trained to make calls on visitors. RECAP Consider working in all three levels of the evangelism task: 1. Level One; publicity and Public Relations 2. Level Two: Lifestyle/Friendship Witnessing 3. Level Three: Evangelism Calling IDEAS FROM THE FIELD… Now it’s time for you to talk about your ideas for your congregation. This Power Point presentation has been left open for congregations of the Central Illinois District of the LC-MS to change or edit for local use at their discretion. If you would like to add to or make suggestions for the improvement of this presentation, please contact the CID District Office in Springfield, IL. May God bless your congregation as you seek to serve Him.