his last week my church had four days of evangelistic outreach with Steve Pettit and his team. The gospel was preached simply and many responded to it. I was blessed to see this team giving of themselves to reach out to others and see the gospel change lives. It was convicting.
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The team evangelism concept
So I’ve been thinking. Could the team evangelism concept work in Australia? Having witnessed it in action here, I think there is amazing potential. Here’re some benefits:
- You can supplement your preaching ministry with a whole range of other ministry (one-to-one, music, children, etc.).
- You can bring people with differing strengths and gifts together for maximum impact.
- You can do more without wearing yourself out.
- You can connect with a broader range of people (one person won’t be able to connect with everyone).
- And probably the biggest benefit is that you can disciple and mentor the members of the team.
On the down side, there are significant logistical and financial barriers to be overcome. Particularly in Australia.
An Australian model
So what’s a model of team evangelism that would work here in Australia? I spent a few minutes over coffee brain storming this idea with an evangelist this morning and here are some thoughts.
- It would probably need to be either sporadic or seasonal (eg. traveling three months out of the year).
- It would probably need to be a smaller team.
- It would take some time to develop the team musically and in terms of ministry.
- You would need to develop a reputation and a core of supporting ministries.
- You would probably need to spend most of your time in larger churches that could support such a team logistically and financially.
All said, I think there is much merit to the concept. I would love to see it happen next year here in Australia. Perhaps the Lord would work in some hearts now to prepare their schedules, finances, and hearts for this type of ministry. If you think you might be in that boat, please contact me so I can pray with you about it and keep you in touch with the others who are already praying about doing it soon.
The great blogging dilemma
Ok. So I’ve been thinking about the age-old dilemma for bloggers. Ok, perhaps that’s slightly melodramatic since blogging is only a few years old. The question is, do you show your entire post in your RSS feed or do you only show a teaser and make viewers click through to the site to read the whole post.
Right now, we only show a teaser. I’ve toyed with the idea of changing that. The problem is, it would make it more difficult to track how many people are reading your material. Some have argued that showing the whole thing is a way to serve others. On the other hand, statistics are an important tool for understanding how people are interacting with our writing.
What do you think?
Just a few interesting links to finish with
- Johnathon Bowers over at Fools Gold has some interesting throughts on Three Types of Bloggers.
- Josh Mitchell points out that “Christians do not have a monopoly on truth.”
- It’s amazing how a preacher could be so relavent so many years later. Yeah. Spurgeon.
Finally, I couldn’t leave you without another highly amusing trivial clip…