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July 10, 2003
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by Tom Goodman
I like the way Mark Mittleberg describes how most church members see evangelism. In his book, Building a Contagious Church, he says...
With great exuberance they will say to you, Evangelism? Oh, thats the pastors job. The pastor is the one with the training and tools and whatever else it takes. They view it like one of those extreme sports programs where a skier stands on top of a huge mountain, smiles defiantly at the camera, and then pushes himself off the edge of what looks like a
mile-highwall of sheer ice. But just before he launches into this death-defying feat, a warning flashes on the screen: THESE ARE PROFESSIONALS WITH SPECIAL EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
We leaders need to change that view of outreach. As a leader, showing people how to invite their world to Christ is part of helping people ascend the H.I.L.L. You were introduced to this acrostic in LeaderLines two weeks ago. At Hillcrest, everything we do is aimed at helping people reach four objectives:
H Honor the Lord of Life
I Invite Your World to Life
L Love the Fellowship for Life
L Live the Word in Life
H.I.L.L. to crest! Hillcrest is more than our name its a
Last week I highlighted the job we leaders have in helping people Honor the Lord of Life. This week, lets reflect on how we help people Invite Their World to Life. As leaders, we need to work hard to create a contagious church.
Notice how the phrase is worded: Invite YOUR WORLD to Life. My job is not to reach that anonymous horde known as the lost or the community. No, my job is to make a difference in my own circles of influence. Your World includes the other parents on the soccer sidelines or in the Band Boosters. Your World includes the neighbor you wave at every morning when you step out to get the paper. Your World includes the lady who walks the club treadmill next to you during your morning workouts.
In 1 Chronicles 13:2 we are told, Let us INVITE them to come and join us. Thats our job as believers. And as Hillcrest leaders, we need to look for ways to motivate, train, and mobilize our church to follow that command. We need to invite people to invite people.
One powerful way to help Hillcrest become more contagious is to support the F.A.I.T.H. evangelism training ministry. Charles Draper is enlisting people to go to the national F.A.I.T.H. workshop in a few weeks, and soon after he will begin another great semester of evangelism training. Are you signed up?
Thank you for the part you play at helping people Invite Their World to Life. Its one way we help people crest the H.I.L.L. Take a moment to examine how youre doing at helping people become contagious Christians and then
P.S. Our Youth Minister Search Committee was formed in the last business meeting, and we are set to meet a few days after you receive this