Continuing my highly derivative series on church trends, the next 10 are from an article by church growth consultant and author Thom Rainer:
Trend 2: Renewed emphasis on evangelism.
Many church leaders want to know how their churches can better reach the non-Christians where they are. This emphasis on the “Jerusalem” of Acts 1:8 will result in more intentionality in evangelism and, thus, more people becoming followers of Christ.
Praise God! We’ve all been working very hard at being a better church that can outcompete the other churches in town. It’s high time we thought in terms of outcompeting Satan for lost souls.
It took me a minute to get the idea behind “the ‘Jerusalem’ of Acts 1:8.” I’m pretty sure the point is that it’s not enough to send missionaries and to plant churches in other towns. We need to reach lost in the city where we already are, too. Again: Praise God!
(Now if I could just persuade some of my Church of Christ brothers and sisters that “evangelism” does NOT mean handing a copy of Muscle & a Shovel to a Baptist and hoping to re-baptize him or her.)
Matt Dabbs, Church Steps Outreach Program