Like a Missionary

“The typical church has forgotten what evangelism is. That the average church is reaching such a small portion of the unchurched in their community is evidence enough. But when you look at the typical evangelism ministry in most churches, you realize just how big a problem this is. Very few churches approach their geographical area of ministry like a missionary would. Missionaries, or at least good missionaries, try to understand the people they are seeking to reach and create a culturally relevant ministry that incorporates points of contact between the people and the gospel.”

– Henry Klopp, The Ministry Playbook

I don’t understand why so many Christians think that evangelism means bringing someone to church. The reality is that very few Christians are actually inviting non-Christians. A lot of times they invite their friends that are already Christ followers to check out their church because the worship is great, the teaching is solid or the youth ministry is dynamic.

It’s obvious that we don’t understand that we have been sent by God with the gospel to our culture. We are to join Him in fulfilling His mission!

Don’t you think that pastors should be training believers to engage non-believers with the gospel, rather than just inviting people to church? Wouldn’t it be awesome to see bands of missionaries mobilized all over the United States to reach their neighbors and co-workers for Christ?

This is what Missional Transformation is about! It’s about thinking “like a missionary” here in the U.S. It’s about pastors who are training members as missionaries who “try to understand the people they are seeking to reach and create a culturally relevant ministry that incorporates points of contact between the people and the gospel.” We are His missionary people! Why not start acting “like a missionary”?

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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