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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...
You're welcome! Blog Post
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...
First impressions pt.2 Podcast Episode
March 23, 2018 | Evangelism
In the second episode of this two-part series, host Joel Southerland continues the discussion of first impressions and churches with Rebecca Carlisle of To Be Received Ministries, aimed at redefining hospitality in the Church. Hear Rebecca’s insightful list of resources that will help churches...
First impressions part 1 Podcast Episode
March 19, 2018 | Evangelism
In the first episode of this two-part series, co-hosts Joel Southerland and Scott Smith discuss with Rebecca Carlisle of To Be Received Ministries the importance of first impressions in ministry and the role it plays in helping people come to faith in Christ.
March 14, 2018 by Ted Traylor | Evangelism
How does a church reach the next generation? I mean by that college-age and under. It is a great question with no easy answer. But as our church is striving to make a difference and future impact, I have concluded these are essentials: Apologetics We live in a world where the fundamentals of...
February 9, 2018 | Evangelism
As a pastor or leader, your bold leadership is absolutely the only way our churches will be mobilized with the gospel. The church is to live out the gospel from day to day if we’re going to impact our world. One of the most important statements of our day is, “The future of the world depends...
January 21, 2018 by James Merritt | Evangelism
The two ripest times of the year for engaging and inviting your community to your church are Christmas Eve and Easter. Too often pastors are more efficient than effective in making the best evangelistic use of this time. We are efficient in making sure we have a Christmas sermon ready to preach,...
January 16, 2018 by Ted Traylor
Easter comes quickly this year: April 1, 2018. This is one of the five mountain-peak Sundays for a local church. Church leaders need to capture these days and make preparation for them. This year, the date helps us. Many are going to joke about Easter being on April Fool’s Day, but a local...