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Title: Bringing the Church to the Unchurched: Bridging the Gap


1
Bringing the Church to the Unchurched Bridging
the Gap
  • Presented by Kimberly Adams, Ciara Cunningham,
    Esteban Trujillo

2
Purpose
  • Provide evangelistic tools to better equip the
    church body in reaching the unchurched!

3
Our Great Commission
  • Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
    baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
    the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them
    to obey everything that I have commanded you
    always to the end of the age (Matt. 2819-20
    NRSV).

4
Methods
  • Inspire and Encourage

5
How do you inspire your congregation to reach out
to the world? How do you encourage your
congregation to connect with the unchurched?
6
Empower the Church to Love the Unchurched
  • Develop and share a passion for the lost.
  • Ask thought-provoking questions
  • Do I love as Christ loved?
  • Do I treat others the way I would treat Christ?

7
Analyze the Congregation
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of your
    congregation?
  • What gifts do those in your congregation possess?
  • Outreach Strategy Questions
  • http//www.missionevangelism.org/outreach_question
    s.html

8
Spiritual Gifts Survey
  • God has provided each of us with a unique
    personality and unique gifts for a particular
    reason!
  • The congregation should be aware of their gifts,
    so a spiritual gifts survey is important
  • Every gift has an evangelistic purpose.

9
Styles of Evangelism
  • Our gifts incline us to certain styles of
    evangelism
  • There are at least seven styles of evangelism
  • What are some ways each of these areas can be
    utilized in the church?
  • Invitation, Body, Story-telling, Persuasion,
    Bible Study, Compassion, Hospitality

10
Linking Gifts with Styles
  • Those with specific gifts prefer certain styles
    of evangelism…
  • Gifts of leadership and language prefer
    Invitation evangelism
  • Gift of leadership prefer body life evangelism
  • Gift of leadership prefer story telling
    evangelism
  • Gift of mercy prefer persuasion evangelism
  • Gift of mercy and teaching prefer bible study
    evangelism
  • Gift of giving prefer compassion evangelism
  • Gift of mercy prefer hospitality evangelism

11
Utilize Your Churchs Current Ministries
  • How can the ministries already set in place be
    used as a way to reach out to the lost and
    increase the level of outreach?
  • Music ministry, Sunday school classes,
    greeters/ushers, youth ministry, children's
    ministry

12
Lead Seminars on How to Connect with the
Unchurched
  • A few ideas for seminar topics
  • Fear of evangelism, resistance to evangelism,
    the heart and life of the unbeliever, common
    questions, postmodern beliefs, secular worldviews
  • Nazarene website on evangelism has valuable
    resources for teaching evangelism.
  • www.missionevangelism.org

13
Missionevangelism.org
  • Includes questions and answers pastor and laity
    have concerning evangelism
  • Evangelistic Bible Study Material
  • Topics include witnessing, telling your story,
    Enlarging the Family of Faith

14
Enlarging the Family of Faith Bible Study
Material
  • Builds on gifts and talents of the congregation,
    rather than merely giving programming ideas
    helps believers know how to minister in the
    community and the workplace
  • 4 training sessions
  • 6 bulletin inserts
  • 4 sermon outlines
  • 6 lessons to use with children
  • 13 Follow-Up sessions
  • Participants and leaders guide

15
Important Tips
  • Emphasize evangelism consistently and constantly
    by preaching evangelistic services
  • Live it out through your actions
  • Take a Work and Witness Trip
  • Offer accountability groups
  • Schedule evangelism into your calendar
  • Encourage Sunday school classes to hold an
    outreach event every other month

16
We are connecting the church with the unchurched.
We are not just trying to reach them. We must
be diligent in discipling and encouraging new
members. Follow-up is essential to this
ministry!
17
Opportunities to Engage in Conversation
  • Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in
    heaven over one sinner who repents than over
    ninety-nine righteous persons who need no
    repentance (Luke 157).

18
Be Available Publicly
  • Attend public meetings
  • Give lectures in schools or other places
  • Open up the church to public events

19
Equip the Body for Ministry
  • It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to
    be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to
    be pastors and teachers, to prepare Gods people
    for works of service, so that the body of Christ
    may be built up (Eph. 411-12 NIV).

20
Survey the Community
  • What does your community need?
  • What can your church do to help?

21
Persuasive Evangelism
  • Ways to conduct persuasive evangelism
  • Hold Seminars
  • Offer Spiritual Counseling
  • Conduct Evangelistic Meetings

22
Relational Evangelism
  • Ways to promote relational evangelism
  • Personal Contacts
  • Start a Coffee Shop in your Church
  • Provide outreach programs such as mentoring or a
    hospital volunteer

23
Invitational Evangelism
  • Offer events at the church to promote
    invitational evangelism
  • Easter and Christmas Events
  • Concerts
  • Revival
  • Dinners
  • Picnic/Play day

24
Compassionate Evangelism
  • These are some ways to get involved in
    compassionate evangelism
  • Survey of the community
  • Daycare
  • Food/clothing shelter
  • Volunteer day

25
Intellectual Evangelism
  • Ways to include intellectual evangelism
  • Class/Discussion time with visitors or new
    members
  • Informational Guidelines

26
Church-based Evangelism
  • Ways to get involved in church-based evangelism
  • Survey the needs of the congregation
  • Spiritual Gifts of congregation

27
Bible Study Evangelism
  • Resources for Bible study evangelism
  • Sunday School
  • Small Groups (On/Off site)

28
Prayer Evangelism
  • Different types of prayer evangelism
  • Prayer meetings
  • Prayer Request Cards
  • Prayer Requests in Bulletin
  • Prayer Chain

29
Drama A Resource for Evangelism Follow my
example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1
Corinthians 111
30
Objectives of Drama
  • Reminds the pastor of the importance of
    evangelism
  • Gives a biblical view of the Christian role in
    evangelism
  • Helps create possible evangelistic scenarios with
    different responses
  • Provides a visual aid

31
Objectives Continued
  • To help pastors engage in conversation about ways
    to improve evangelistic efforts in their local
    congregations
  • Gives pastors creative ways to motivate their
    congregations to evangelize

32
Why Drama is an effective Evangelistic Resource?
  • Helps communicate gospel truths to both the
    believer and unbeliever
  • Uses story-telling evangelism
  • Breaks through cultural barriers
  • Speaks to a modern, visually minded culture

33
Drama/ Skits
  • Great Commission Christian
  • Getting It Done
  • (Both dramas courtesy of www.dramashare.org)

34
Exercises
  • Split participants into groups and perform the
    skits for another group
  • Discuss how you can use this tool and other
    creative ways to share the gospel with the
    communities surrounding your local congregation

35
Evangelistic Drama Web Resources
  • www.dramashare.org
  • www.nailscar.com
  • http//ied.gospelcom.net
  • www.actupforjesus.com
  • www.stuff4church.org

36
Let Christ do His work through the Church
  • Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more
    than all we ask or imagine, according to His
    power that is at work within us, to Him be glory
    in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all
    generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Eph.
    320-21 NIV).
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