• Ask God to Give You a Passion to Reach the Lost

    God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4) He ” is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9). Ask God to give you and your church the passion to reach the lost for Christ.

    He is not willing that any should perish without Christ. Are you?

  • Pray

    Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Luke 10:2)
    Pray for workers to join in; pray for the power of the Holy Spirit; pray for people to be saved; pray for new believers to grow.

  • Start Where You Are

    Start with a group of people who will commit to the goal of bringing one person to Christ this year, as God gives the increase.
    They will pray every day for God to help them, and they will believe God for one person to come to Christ.
    If your Sunday attendance is 100, you should believe God for 10-20 people to take the initial challenge and follow through..

  • Prioritize

    Nothing is as important in your church as building disciples who will become all that God wants them to be, and who will bring others to Christ. God put you there to reach your community for Christ. Make that #1 in your focus and in the focus of your church.

  • Work to Create a Culture of Evangelism and Expectancy

    It is exciting when you can watch God work to change people’s lives regularly in your church. This is God’s norm in the Book of Acts. It should be our norm too.

  • Train Your People

    They need to know how to present the Gospel in a compelling way that people will understand. They need to know how to intelligently answer the questions that unbelievers ask. They need to understand what the unsaved believe in the age of postmodernism.

  • Plan the Sunday Morning Experience

    Wow your visitors with a Sunday experience that will be hard to forget. Train your members to go out of their way to be friendly to guests. Make your services positive, uplifting and full of life. You can’t communicate life in Christ with a dead service. End every service with an appeal for the lost to come to Christ.

  • Plan and Promote One Evangelistic Sunday Every Quarter

    For these four Sundays, the entire service is directed toward communicating the Gospel to the unsaved. The music, testimonies, the preaching – everything is designed to reach the unsaved. Every quarter you have 12 weeks to plan, to have your people pray and invite their friends.

  • Remind Your People Every Week

    People forget – especially when it comes to evangelism. They should be reminded 2-4 times every week. There are many ways to remind them – announcements from the pulpit, sermon illustrations, notes in the bulletin, email, church newsletter, posters, banners, Sunday School classes, etc.

  • Plan in Faith for a Steady Stream of New Believers

    Have a 13-week New Life Class for new believers. Start it over the first Sunday of each quarter, even if there are few or no new believers at first. You are starting this in faith, and God honors our faith.

  • Baptize as Often as Possible

    Some churches only schedule a few “baptism days” per year. Don’t tell new believers they have to wait until a special day before they can obey God. Regular baptisms twice a month can do a lot to keep your church excited and focused on their part in the Great Commission. Even better – baptize every Sunday if you can. Remember, the Scriptural practice is to baptize new believers right away.

  • Don't Plan to Please Everybody

    Of course we want everybody in the church to be happy and on the same page. We all know, however that some people are more interested in a church that meets their own perceived needs than in doing the work of God. It’s not their church, it’s Christ’s. He is the Head, so we must follow Him.