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The sixth pillar of an effective church? Evangelism.
Matthew 28:16 – 20(KJV)
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
This passage is commonly referred to as “The Great Commission,” which is rather ironic. Because Jesus said to go and teach all nations, but what we heard was “convince worldly people to come to church.” But it’s in this sixth pillar that many problems are solved.
Many pastors and church leaders want to know how to increase membership. They want to know to attract new families into the church. It’s done by Evangelism. When we actually do what the Lord says do, and we go to where secular people are and give a witness to them of Jesus Christ and His teachings, that is what changes lives. Remember that the vast majority of the things that Jesus is famous for, happened outside or in someone’s house. There’s only one or two things he actually did in a synagogue that were of note. It’s reaching out to whatever community your church is planted in that will make the difference in your church growth.
Often, people see evangelism in different ways. Sometimes it is confused with Missionary work. Missionaries are generally people that have been called by God to move to certain locales and sojourn there. They are assigned to an area for a certain length of time, and they use that time to integrate into the community and show Christ to the people. Evangelism can be done in one’s daily life. It can be done anywhere a Christian frequents; at work, at school, at other social gatherings. There is also the option of street evangelism, where people on the street can be ministered to. We can offer prayer, a prophetic word, or lead them to Christ.
The main thrust of this pillar is to get out of the walls of the church and get into the community where the church exists. It is personally reaching out to people in their daily lives with the teachings and power of Christ that strengthens everything about the local church membership.