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May 8, 2018 | Evangelism
What comes first, church health or evangelism? Join co-hosts Joel Southerland and Scott Smith as they discuss with special guest, Gary Comer, the answer to this important question. Discover which comes first and why in this episode of Your Church On Mission podcast.
May 5, 2018 by Joel Southerland | Evangelism
Any theology of evangelism that ignores spiritual warfare dooms evangelism from the beginning. It would be the equivalent of a football coach who designs plays to advance the ball, while never taking into account the presence of an opposing team. Scripture very often describes unsaved people...
May 3, 2018 by Ken White | Evangelism
I have been pastoring for many years, and I can still remember summer nights in Memphis, Tennessee, during the 1980s. Groups of students crammed into every available space on the red-brick back porch of the Volmers' home. The smell of Corky’s BBQ or a homemade meal, and the sound of students...
May 1, 2018 | Evangelism
The Barna Group recently released a study about the Great Commission. Here’s what the study reveals: 51% of church-goers have never heard of the Great Commission 25% of church-goers couldn’t recall the exact meaning of "the Great Commission" = 76% of church-goers aren’t familiar with the phrase...
April 26, 2018 | Evangelism
In this special episode, Joel Southerland and co-host Scott Smith discuss the secret to achieving your evangelism goals. Learn specific tools gathered from a recent study on evangelism strategy and the church, and how it applies to evangelism training.
April 25, 2018 by James Merritt
How many ways can I invite thee? Let me count the ways (to paraphrase the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning)! Having pastored over four decades, preached in a number of crusades from football stadiums to open air venues to tents both here and around the world, I have learned at least a little...
April 19, 2018 by Ted Traylor | Evangelism
I have a confession to make. While it is rare that I preach a sermon without having some kind of invitation, I am always nervous about it. I do not have the gift of the evangelist. Pressing the appeal is something I must work at prayerfully. Fifteen years ago, I developed a habit that has been...
April 3, 2018 by Ted Traylor | Evangelism
Ed Gray was one of the most gifted and positive men I have ever known. He was the leader of the Waterfront Rescue Mission in Pensacola, Florida. He often said: “When you walk into a room, you can move the temperature two degrees up or down. It all has to do with your energy.” When guests walk...
April 2, 2018 by James Merritt | Evangelism
One startling statistic speaks volumes about the importance of reaching the next generation: The average age of conversion today in the United States is 13. Both experience and common sense tells us that the earlier a person can be reached for Christ, the longer they can live for Christ, the...
March 26, 2018 by Jason K. Lee | Evangelism
Wouldn’t it be easier if Easter was just about the Easter Bunny? I mean who could oppose a good egg hunt with dozens of kids looking for the most obviously hidden objects? (By the way, didn’t Easter egg hunts used to be more challenging? Didn’t parents used to hide the eggs so well you didn't...
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March 26, 2018 by James Merritt | Evangelism
Never were truer words spoken by Jesus than these: “He who is faithful in that which is least will be faithful in that which is much.” Those words are especially true in the most important five minutes: when a guest enters your church. They are sizing you up from the time they drive onto your...
March 26, 2018 by Ken Whitten | Evangelism
Easter is a celebration of believers because we serve a risen Savior, but do you also want your Easter service to be highly geared to assist lost people to say an eternal “yes” to Jesus? Of course, there are many non-frequent church attenders who will be there on Easter, and certainly there will...