One of the biggest questions people have when faced with blazing a trail into a new (or old but forgotten) arena is what can this look like? If you can help people see what something can look like you remove much of the fear of the unknown that might otherwise pose a barrier to starting something new. This series of posts is intended to cast a vision for evangelism for churches large or small. This is still a work in progress and I look forward to learning from you as well.
If we are honest with ourselves many congregations have passive evangelism. We hope people will come. We hope they will be touched by the sermon. We hope they know what to do, where to go, what questions to ask and who to ask them to. Is that realistic? Is that purposeful? Most important – is it biblical & does it actually work? If not, are we willing to try a new approach?
Our new approach to outreach & discipleship:
Over the last two years we have been working on how to reach out to new people in order to help them grow into mature disciples of Jesus Christ. We are turning from passive techniques to active ones where our members are equipped and engaged in outreach on a weekly basis. The goal is to make a visible and obvious path that Christians can invite non-Christians into and that non-Christians can see exactly how to get from point A to point B. In other words we are trying to take something that could be complicated and make it simple and functional so that anyone can plug into it and do something meaningful with it no matter what their level of maturity.
How Church Steps Works
- Casting a Vision for Evangelism: Introduction to our New Approach
- Casting a Vision for Evangelism: What We Are Doing
- Summary of Church Steps
- How We Move People Through the Steps
- Casting a Vision for Evangelism: Church Steps in Action
- Casting a Vision for Evangelism: Our New Evangelistic Bible Class In Action
Changing Church Culture
Church Steps Tools
- One Month Update
- There are No Quick Fixes – A post on how long it took for the lightbulb to go on with our members/change in church culture
- Things are Finally Starting to Click
- Realizations after 11 months – BIG AHA!
Q & A on Church Steps
Church Steps Progress By Other Churches
- Jimmy Hinton’s Take on Church Steps (Part 1)
- Jimmy Hinton’s Take on Church Steps (Part 2)
- Jimmy Hinton’s Take on Church Steps (Part 3)