We Must Change!

I’m fired up! I’ve just finished reading Mark Mittleburg’s book “Becoming a Contagious Church”.

It’s been a fantastic read and very challenging. The basic premise of the book is that evangelism is the central purpose of the church and thus it needs a disproportionate investment from the church into it. Mark outlines a 6 stage process for helping a church become contagious evangelistically (read the book to discover the 6 practical stages).

Evangelism entropy is something that is an issue in every church i have been apart of. The natural default of christians is to get distracted from the cause of the Gospel because it’s challenging and requires courage.

We need to change the trend towards evangelistic entropy and start to consitently give ourselves to the purpose for which Jesus came to earth in the first place – to seek and save the lost.

This begins with getting contagious yourself because if you don’t, no one else will. This begins with prayer and prayer must permeate every aspect of evangelism for it to be effective.

The church must change if we are to become more effective in reaching the unchurched. We must examine our hearts and dicern how serious we are about what really mattters to God. We must seek to be trained in how to share our faith story effectively. We must discover new and innovative ways to elevate the value of evangelism in our church communities if we are to fulfill the Great Commission.

I personally feel like i have been on a journey over the last few years where God has been testing my heart on these matters. I have come to the conclusion that i must change the way i think, the way i do ministry and the way i lead the church to engage in evangelism. This has been a very challenging process but one that i’ve needed to take on.

How about you? Where is your heart at when it comes to intentionally connecting with the unchurched? Is evangelism an afterthought, something that lies at the back of your mind as a distant idea or is it forefront and primary to the way you live your life. Something must change and we’re called to lead the change in the world. I encourage you to go on a journey with God over his heart for the unchurched and allow His Spirit to open your eyes and your ears to the cry of humanity for God!

Lead the Change!

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2 Responses to “We Must Change!”

  1. Rach Wallace Says:

    You guys did a great job on the state of the church service. It has prompted me and Nath to take stock of our lives, where we are headed next year and getting ourselves in line with God’s will and owning the churches vision for ourselves. I love the challenges you keep presenting, to stretch and grow. Its hard, but its the only way we are going to get somewhere. Reminds me of working out; if you stay at the same levels, you will only get what you’ve always got. You keep popping that extra weight on our bars, and it hurts, but its making us stronger and we need it. Its great to be under such a team of revolutionary visionaries, who really are leading the change. Love you guys.

  2. Iley Rushton Says:

    As i sat at eastland shopping centre in the food court on sunday afternoon (between services)…I sat and watched and waited for people whom God might want to respond to through this vessel…Instead I was presented with an idea that could and might just work and that was to have a team there reguarly to just be there as a presence to pray over all those we don’t know who are there just doing what they do in terms of sunday shopping trips and see what god might have us say or do in response to what Croey has been sharing above…Just an idea??!!! Anyhow thanks so much for sundays message Simone and Corey…It has further sparked me to really get passionate about refining and pressing in to know exactly what my calling looks liek and what facets it holds. Thanks again…look forward to helping in any way I can to ‘build this church’. Can’t wait for what’s in store this sunday! 🙂

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