Becoming a Contagious Christian by dfhdhdhdhjr

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									The Missionary
Heart of the
Congregation
Evangelism and
Assimilation
The Evangelism Pyramid
 There are three distinct types of
  congregational evangelism
 Different methods are applicable to
  these different types
Evangelism Pyramid


          Persuasion


         Proclamation


          Presence
The Evangelism Pyramid
   We won’t talk much about “Presence
    Evangelism”
     Brainstorm different things you can do to
     raise your congregation’s visibility in its
     community
   We’re going to focus on Proclamation
    and then Persuasion (Assimilation)
The Problem of “Proclamation”

 What words and images come to mind
  when you hear the word “evangelist” or
  “evangelism”?
 What words and images come to mind
  in the minds of the unchurched when
  they hear the words “evangelist” or
  evangelism?
The Problem of “Proclamation”

   Proclamation Evangelism should be…
     1. Authentic
     2. Natural
     3. Personal
     4. Verbal
          And how can they believe in the one of whom
           they have not heard? And how can they hear
           without someone preaching to them? (Rom.
           10:14)
The Problem of “Proclamation”

  5. Process Oriented
  6. Team Oriented
  7. Service oriented (Puts others first)
Benefits of Proclamation
   Being Proclaimers brings great benefits
     Adventure
     Purpose
     Fulfillment
Benefits of Proclamation
  Spiritual   Growth
    Need for Scripture
    Better prayer life

    Personal purity

    Better church attendance

  Doing   God’s Work
Being Yourself
Six Styles of
Proclamation
Evangelism
Based on Bill Hybels, et. al.
“Becoming a Contagious
Christian” ß
Six Styles of Proclamation
   We are not all the same
   God likes it that way!
    1   Cor 12
     Ephesians   4
Six Styles of Proclamation
   At least six different evangelism styles
    are found in Scripture. Most people find
    they fit into one (or a combination of)
    these six styles.
Six Styles of Proclamation
   Confrontational Style
     Key  Verse: Preach the Word; be prepared
      in season and out of season; correct,
      rebuke and encourage—with great
      patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy
      4:2
     Biblical    Example:
          Peter, Acts 2
Six Styles of Proclamation
  Characteristics
      Confident
      Assertive
      Direct
Six Styles of Proclamation
  Contemporary       Example
      Billy Graham
  Caution
      Be sure to use tact when confronting people with
       the truth.
      We don’t want to unnecessarily offend anyone!
Six Styles of Proclamation
   Intellectual
     Key  Verse: We demolish arguments and
      every pretension that sets itself up against
      the knowledge of God, and we take captive
      every thought to make it obedient to
      Christ. 2 Cor. 10:5
     Biblical   Example:
          Paul, Acts 17
Six Styles of Proclamation
  Characteristics
      Inquisitive
      Analytical
      Logical
Six Styles of Proclamation
  Contemporary Examples
      Lee Stroebel
      Paul Maier
  Caution
      Don’t substitute giving answers for giving the
       Gospel.
      Be careful of being drawn into an argument.
Six Styles of Proclamation
   Testimonial
     Key  Verse: We proclaim to you what we
      have seen and heard, so that you also may
      have fellowship with us. And our
      fellowship is with the Father and with his
      Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3
     Biblical   Example:
          Blind Man, John 9
Six Styles of Proclamation
   Characteristics
     Clear   communication
     Good    story-teller
     Good    listener
     Vulnerable    about life's ups and downs
Six Styles of Proclamation
  Contemporary        Example
      Corrie ten Boom
  Caution
      Beware of talking about yourself but not relating
       your experience to the other person’s life.
      Listen to the other person and then connect your
       story to theirs.
Six Styles of Proclamation
   Interpersonal
     Key  Verse: To the weak I became weak, to
      win the weak. I have become all things to
      all people so that by all possible means I
      might save some. 1 Cor. 9:22
     Biblical   Example
          Matthew, Luke 5:29
Six Styles of Proclamation
   Invitational
     Key Verse: "Then the master told his
      servant, 'Go out to the roads and country
      lanes and make them come in, so that my
      house will be full.’” Luke 14:23
     Biblical   Example:
          Woman at the well, John 4
Six Styles of Proclamation
  Contemporary        Example
      Me
  Caution
      Avoid valuing friendship over truth telling.
      Don’t forget the goal: bring people to Christ
Six Styles of Proclamation
  George Barna: 25% of unchurched adults
  would attend a church service if a friend
  took the time to invite them.
  Mosteffective way to get someone to join
  a specific church. Over 75% of people
  surveyed said they joined a specific
  church because someone invited them.
Six Styles of Proclamation
  Characteristics
      Hospitable
      Relational
      Persuasive
Six Styles of Proclamation
  Contemporary        Example
      Friendship Sunday
  Caution
      Don’t let someone else do the talking for you.
      Share your own story!
      Don’t be upset if someone refuses you.
      Help develop outreach events.
Six Styles of Proclamation
  Serving
      Key Verse: “In the same way, let your light shine
       before men, that they may see your good deeds
       and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
  Biblical   Example:
      Dorcas, Acts 9
  Not
     serving instead of evangelism, but
  evangelism through service!
Six Styles of Proclamation
  Characteristics
      Other-centered
      Humble
      Patient
Six Styles of Proclamation
  Contemporary        Examples
      Mother Teresa
  Caution
      Words are no substitute for actions; Actions are no
       substitute for words.
      We need to verbally point to Jesus.
      Be careful not to be overwhelmed with the needs
       of others.
What Do We
Proclaim?
God
   God is loving.
     God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in
      God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16b)
God
   God is holy (absolutely pure).
     But just as he who called you is holy, so be
      holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy,
      because I am holy." (1 Peter 1:15-16)
God
   God is just (a good and honest judge).
     God is just: He will pay back trouble to those
      who trouble you. (2 Thess 1:6)
Us
   We were created good, but we have all
    fallen short.
     For all have sinned and fall short of the glory
      of God. (Rom. 3:23)
Us
   We deserve death—both physical and
    spiritual
     For   the wages of sin is death… Romans 6:23
Us
   We are spiritually helpless.
     All  of us have become like one who is
      unclean, and all our righteous acts are like
      filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like
      the wind our sins sweep us away. Isaiah 64:6
Christ
   Christ is God, who also became human.
     Inthe beginning was the Word, and the Word
     was with God, and the Word was God…. The
     Word became flesh and made his dwelling
     among us. We have seen his glory, the glory
     of the One and Only, who came from the
     Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1, 14
Christ
   Christ died as our substitute.
     He  himself bore our sins in his body on the
      tree, so that we might die to sins and live for
      righteousness; by his wounds you have been
      healed. 1 Peter 2:24
Christ
   Christ gives forgiveness as a gift.
     For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of
      God is eternal life through Jesus Christ or
      Lord. Rom. 6:23
Us (Again)
   We must believe.
     ForGod so loved the world that he gave his
     one and only Son, that whoever believes in
     him shall not perish but have eternal life. John
     3:16
     Yetto all who received him, to those who
     believed in his name, he gave the right to
     become children of God— John 1:12
Us (Again)
   Faith is a gift.
     For  it is by grace you have been saved,
      through faith—and this not from yourselves, it
      is the gift of God—not by works, so that no
      one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Us (Again)
   When we believe, Christ changes us.
     Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
     creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
     2 Corinthians 5:17
Other Models
   Theology of Glory vs. the Theology of
    the Cross
     “Do   vs. Done”
   Joyous Exchange
     Bounced   Check
   The Bridge
Other Models
   The Roman Road
     Romans   3:23
     Romans   6:23
     Romans   10:13
Persuasion
Evangelism
We got some new members
––now what?
Assimilation
   This is a huge issue.
   The LCMS is declining
     Not just because no new members are being
      brought in the front door
     Butbecause we are losing more out the back
      door
Assimilation
   People are assimilated into a local
    congregation as they
     Grow    in the knowledge of the faith
     Learn   the language of the faith
     Learn   the structure and practices of the congregation
     Take   ownership in the congregation
     Give   of themselves to the congregation
Assimilation
   Characteristics of an assimilated member
     Regular   in worship
     Regular   in communion attendance
     Regular   in Bible study
     Regular   in giving
Process of
Assimilation
       How do we make a
   non-member into a member?
Process of Assimilation
   The process begins with the very first
    time someone walks into your church
Process of Assimilation
   Do you call them visitors or guests?
   I’m not sure what a “visitor” is or what
    you do with one.
     Other than church, where do you hear the
      term “visitor”?
Process of Assimilation
   But we all understand the word “guest”
     Guests   are invited
     Guests   are expected
     Guestsare people that we want to make
     comfortable and welcome
     Guests   are people we want to see return
Process of Assimilation
   Encourage people to be aware of guests in
    worship and to greet them
   Use the “two-minute” rule
   Use neutral statements
     “I   don’t think I know you.”
     “I   don’t remember meeting you before.”
   Ask guests to join you for Bible class or
    fellowship hour
Process of Assimilation
   Don’t wait for people to come inside
    your building to welcome them
   Put people outside the building in good
    weather
     Especially   the pastor!
Process of Assimilation
   Few other things
     Don’tput guests on display (e.g. having them
     stand before or after service)
     Make    the service folder user friendly
     Idea:
          ask someone (preferably non-churched)
     to come in and review your service
Process of Assimilation
   Follow up
     Follow
           up with note from the pastor or other
      member
     Ifthe person returns then it’s the best time for
      a visit from the congregation
          Can be pastor or lay visit
Process of Assimilation
   New Members Class
     New Members Classes are important for
     every member
         New Christian
         Transfer
         Even established members
Process of Assimilation
   Goals of a new members class
     Review   (or teach) the basics of the Christian faith
     Learn   about the congregation and the pastor
     Build
          relationships between established members and
      new members
     Good  to ask established members and leaders to
      take part in the class
     Help new members find their niche in the
      congregation
Process of Assimilation
   Sponsor families
     From the earliest times, new members in churches
      have had sponsors
            In Baptism, we call them “sponsors” or “godparents”

         important for new members to be assigned
     It’s
      sponsors in the congregation
     The  success of the sponsor program lies directly on
      the sponsors themselves
Process of Assimilation
   Sponsors need to be
     Active    in the congregation (worship and Bible class)
     Well-known     to several members
     Willing
            to mentor the new members into the
      congregation
     If
       some came to the church via a friend, that person
      would be the ideal sponsor
     Otherwise   look for some affinity: interests, age,
      children, etc.
Process of Assimilation
   Sponsors Invite
     To   worship
     To   Bible Classes
     To   small groups
     To   fellowship functions
Process of Assimilation
   Sponsors Pray
     For   the people the sponsor
     For   others to come to know Christ
     For   the health of the church
Process of Assimilation
   Sponsors Model
     Christian   growth
     Generous      giving
     Sacrificial   service
Process of Assimilation
   Service in the church
     One   of the most important dynamics is the person’s
      relationship with the pastor
     Know     people’s talents, abilities, likes and dislikes
     If   you do a time and talent, use the information!
     Reward  people for their service (e.g. thank you cards,
      appreciation gift, etc.)
Process of Assimilation
  Keep    your church positive
  Don’t   overburden people
  Keep    time commitments
  Ask   people personally to help
       Don’t just put in a bulletin announcement
Process of Assimilation
   Group life
     Important    to involve new members in some sort of
      group
          Spiritual growth
          Relationship growth
          Leadership growth
          Congregational growth

   The larger the church, the more need for more
    groups
Process of Assimilation
   Groups can be:
     Support   groups
     Bible   Study groups
     Service   groups
     Choirs   and entertainment groups
Process of Assimilation
  Leadership    groups
  Recreation    groups
  Gender    groups
       There tend to be more groups for women than for men
Process of Assimilation
   Need to start new groups instead of encouraging
    people to join old ones
     Determine     the target group
     Discover     their needs
     Select    and train leaders
     Build    the group around one—and only one!—group or
      issue
     It’s   OK if a group fails—just try!

								
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