The way to develop a witnessing congregation is counterintuitive to most Christians. Why? Because they’ve never been in a church where it was done!
- However, it’s never too late!
Begin by changing all the rules—presuppositions.
- In other words, think out of the box, out of the church box.
- In other words, think like Jesus.
- In other words, do what Jesus did.
Jesus called twelve disciples. Based on the information we have in the Bible, He just said to them, “Come follow Me.”
- Did anyone ask, “Where?”
- Did anyone wonder, “To do what?”
- No explanation in the Bible, just, “Come follow Me.”
- Did everyone Jesus ask to follow, really go? No. Scripture has an example, but it could have been many. It’s like the Bible says, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” Who turned down Jesus? Who cares? The Bible is all about the ones who said “yes!”
Your approach to develop a witnessing congregation?
- Launch a sacred movement in plain sight.
- I actually did this. It works. It’s not rocket science.
- This is a true story.
First, how not to start this witnessing movement in your church:
- No congregational decisions, no votes, no fanfare. Witnessing is in the Bible, Acts 2. Discussion closed.
- No calling for volunteers.
- No posters, bulletin announcements. No articles in the church newsletter.
- No preaching about the movement from the pulpit.
The key focus: commit to developing a culture of witnessing.
- This will change your life.
- This will change your church.
- This could change our world.
If you would like to know more, you can also subscribe to my podcast on Apple Podcast and Google Play. We will expand on this theme further in our series beginning on March 6, 2018.
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