Why "Church" is A Place Where Evangelism Goes to Die
Did you know that a large percentage of believes have no idea what evangelism is? Did you know that a large percentage of ministries have no evangelism team or ministry at all?
I could go on about the, did you knows about evangelism, and it may or may not surprise you. But, I won’t. I’ll just say that it is a dead function in many ministries and is on life support in others.
Here are six reasons evangelism is dead in a place called 'church'.
- Political correctness has shut the mouths of many believers. Many have been convinced that because truth is offensive and hurts people’s feelings, we should just keep it to ourselves.Paul told Timothy, For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity. I can tell you that the spirit of fear is running rampant is churches today, from the pulpit to the pews.I do however believe that, “it’s not what you say but how you say it”, and many Christians need some work in this area. See Colossians 4:6
- Comfort has become more important than saving souls. Over time, those little foxes have crept in and so now, being happy and comfortable has taken priority over being like Jesus.
- Ministry leaders are consumer driven. In an effort to fill up the pews, ministry leaders have become more consumer driven and the more the consumer praises the leader, the more attention is given to the consumer.Yes, your place of worship is or has become a full fledged business and the “flock” are now called consumers.
- Inward Focused ministries. That's right, because your place of worship has become consumer focused, your ministry has become more inward focused. Come to us because, where not coming to you. This is contrary to what Jesus commands.
- Changing times. Your evangelism leader, ministry or team has not kept up with the changing times. Bus ministries, Sunday school, revivals and door-to-door visitation? You know as well as I do, these strategies are no longer effective.
- Neglecting those who have a calling for this ministry. If you are a ministry leader, you have neglected to seek out and ask if there is anyone who feels a calling for this ministry and thus no new and creative ideas.
The good news is, those dead bones of evangelism don't spell the end, but is a reminder of what has been forgotten and left behind.