So true. Jesus said to go make disciples. He did not say to go out and evangelize – that comes with being a disciple.
Recently a friend of mine was speaking with a small group of people; they were asking him questions about various things. One of them asked him what kind of programs and outreach activities he thought would best help a church to reach their community, and he told them that he doubted programs or activities would help them reach their community at all; they seemed surprised.
That was not the “right” answer.
Instead, he suggested they make an effort to disciple their congregation.
That wasn’t the “right” answer either.
They told him that their congregation wasn’t reaching the community because the pastor wasn’t very good at “evangelism”.
He suggested they make an effort to make disciples of their congregation: Wrong again! Nope, churches can only reach the community for Christ when the pastor is really dedicated to “personal evangelism” and gets out there and “brings the people in”.
My friend suggested…
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