This is the sixth episode of a ten-part series focusing on Reaching the Unchurched. In this episode, Dr. Kent Hunter looks at dynamics seven and eight. In these dynamics, Kent talks about the need to redefine the mission field and reverse the direction when it comes to outreach, moving from inviting people to church to taking church to the people.
This is the first episode of a ten-part series focusing on Reaching the Unchurched. In this episode, Dr. Kent Hunter talks about the importance of using Jesus’ teaching on Kingdom Culture being your spiritual compass and gives an introduction to the 12 Dynamics of Reaching the Unchurched.
Relationships are the key to effective witnessing: sharing God stories.
However, sometimes, a spontaneous witnessing opportunity occurs: on an airplane, in a grocery store, at a restaurant, with the person sitting at the next table.
You don’t have to be an outgoing person to start a conversation. Just ask a question or make a comment and see if the person responds: “It’s really cold out there today!” If they are open to talk, they will!
Your primary “mission field” for witnessing is your social network: friends, relatives, neighbors, people where you work, or, those who are fellow students at school. After a while, these are no longer casual relationships but your primary mission field.
If you expand this thinking to your church’s primary mission field, it is not:
Five miles around your church.
This area of the city.
The primary, personal mission field of your church is: the sum total of unbelievers in the social networks of every person in your church, all added together!
So, if you are praying for witnesses to those who are most receptive to the God stories of those in your church:
- Develop a sociogram.
- Ask everyone to take an 8 ½ X 11² sheet of paper, turn it on its side.
- Draw a circle in the middle and put your name there.
- In the upper left, list your unchurched friends.
- In the lower left, list your unchurched relatives.
- In the upper right, list your neighbors, (including the bank teller or waiter you see regularly).
- In the lower right, list those at work or at school.
- Post this sheet on your bathroom mirror and pray for these people every day.
- Watch how God opens opportunities to share your God story!
Honestly, your secondary mission field is anyone, anywhere, at any time: lost people matter to God.
Your primary mission field includes those who are not yet believers who are in your social network: friends, relatives, neighbors, people where you work, or go to school.
Your primary mission field might include:
- The contacts of people in your phone book.
- Your friends on facebook.
- Those who would send you a “get well” card.
- Those who would come to your funeral, if you died tomorrow.
Cultivating the field: list those who show no signs of faith. Put the list where you will see it every day, like in your bathroom, where you get ready every day. Pray for them.
If God answers your prayers, don’t be shocked if you’re the one He wants to use to reach them!
Cultivate yourself: listen and observe those on your prayer list. Watch for signals that communicate “the harvest is ripe: move now!”
The Kingdom of God moves best through relationships. What if everyone in your church did this?
Turn your faith inside out!