Though few churches fully integrate this verse into their doctrine the written text clearly commands us to evangelise all ‘ethnic’ groups not merely the group that people find comfortable to maintain. Jesus met the woman at the well (John 4:7) was an indication of his attempt to reach all nations. (Mat 28:18-20) “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the daddy and the Son and the Holy spirit’. This is the mandate for the church even as enter the ultimate hour. In (John 4:23) Jesus speaks of this hour coming where we need to transcend beyond cultural groups and barriers with the message of salvation.
Strategic planning is often viewed in the organization world as setting long- term plans against resources to attain core business strategy. The same tool can be utilized to attain core objectives based on a particular mission statement. While God has given us the mandate he has left the methods and strategic implementation for us to infuse into our local church’s evangelism strategy. Using the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit we can touch and transform lives. It must be remarked that evangelism with no structure of the five fold ministry (Eph 4:11) is very difficult to achieve. Any office of the evangelist must be restored to the church. In (Acts 8:5) this role is conducted by Philip as he preaches the message of the Kingdom beyond Jerusalem. To get an efficient local church one must both have a technique and a vision to stay focused with its ministry gifts and resources. The Holy Spirit will not stop us from planning it simply inspires us to plan. Visit: Holyart for more details
Churches, regardless of the size can implement an evangelism strategy. The next action plans can be incorporated in to the master plan of the church’s calendars and budgets. Each section item( 1.1-1.10) is linked to a given action plan on the Evangelism planner to work with you in reaching these action items.
1.1 Organise an evangelism outreach month and put in place an evangelism department.
Focus scriptures derive from evangelism
Sermons are based on sharing your faith
Monthly bible study material centered on soul winning
Working experience can be gained from the evangelism outreach team
Organise a follow-up team to contact new members and converts
Evangelism departments should organise training of new members
2.1 TRAIN YOUR MEMBERS IN PERSONAL EVANGELISM
Personal evangelism training is one of the very most basic the different parts of an evangelistic church strategy. A church won’t grow effectively without someone specifically appointed to any office of any evangelist ( Eph 4:11) and it is focused on share, train and influence others so that new gifts can be developed and imparted.
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3.1 PLAN OR TAKE PART IN A REVIVAL DURING THE YEAR
Revivals are still a mainstay of many church’s evangelistic strategies Thousands of people can be reached through the outreach and evangelistic activities associated with revival.
4.1 DEVELOP AND EXPAND AN EVANGELISTIC PROSPECT FILE
It really is imperative that every church or ministry has an evergrowing set of people that can be contacted, visited and evangelized. Each church or ministry must identify and locate folks who have to be reached for Christ with appropriate contact information.
5.1 ORGANISE SPECIAL EVANGELISTIC EVENTS SUCH AS FOR EXAMPLE CONCERTS, CRUSADES: TV BASED IN SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
Organise open air crusades
Arrange and design mass tract distribution to geographic area
Design tracks to focus on special groups
Particular outreach activities must be planned to attain the lost for Christ. Many unbelievers won’t attend a church service, but should come to special outreach activities such as a community-wide Block Party centered on their community needs
6.1 MAKE PLANS TO TARGET SPECIFIC GROUPS:
Youth evangelism via visits to local parks and community centres
College and campus evangelism
Evening events with refreshments:
Contact local council for community needs and try to fulfil them
7.1 DEVELOP AN ONGOING EVANGELISTIC VISITATION PROGRAM
Organise small local groups( teams of 4-6) in different geographical locations according to where members live. That is a subset of your total church congregation in somewhat size group.
Meet regularly in coffee shops through the week for only thirty minutes and exchange contact details with non-Christians with small business cards about the church.
A weekly evangelistic visitation program where people are visited and evangelized. This should be at the very core of any church’s technique for reaching the community. This will be implemented alongside an ongoing personal evangelism training curriculum. The small teams should meet after for prayer and complete a task report.
8.1 CREATE A PRAYER EVANGELISM STRATEGY
Prayer is the foundation after which all evangelism strategies should be built. By focusing the strategy upon prayer, a church’s strategy is linked to the source of the Holy Spirit.
Regular prayer meetings should me conducted and generally focused on reaching the unbelievers in your communities. Organise forever prayer vigil where you confront territorial spirits in the region. Charles Finney, the American evangelist was very keen on prayer meetings focused on unbelievers, Finney, spent in regards to a year just praying for a town before his meetings, David Yongi Choi spent per annum praying in the mountain before his church exploded.
9.1 THE J STRATEGY Luke 10:1-12
Jesus had three groups in his ministry – the Band of 3 Fellowship & Prayer, the band of 12 – Apostolic (Acts 6:1-7), band of 70 – Evangelism ( Luke 10:1-4)
Step 1- This evangelism approach distribute a team of troops much like SOS special forces in the army, their role to spy out the region with prayer walks taking note of the main territorial spirits ruling that locality. The SOS team should be a small sets of four-no media, no TV, no noise – just quiet praying and speaking the peace of God in the homes.
Step 2- The SOS team should report back again to the top of prayer with the recognized ruling spirits over the region e.g. drugs, poverty, crime, prostitution
Step three 3 The evangelism team can develop a prayer evangelism strategy and pray specifically resistant to the demonic strongholds in the area while speaking peace on the minds of the homes making them receptive to the gospel. (Rom 16:20, Eph 6:15, Luke 10
10.1 PLAN A HOLIDAY BIBLE SCHOOL FOR YOUTHS
VBS and Bible clubs are some of the best ways to attain children and families for Christ- this is organized with a youth Pastor for teenagers during the summer periods Church leaders should be engaged in associational, state and national evangelistic training events and activities. Encourage attendance at evangelism conferences and seminars. A Youth Pastor can organise outreach meetings and also have combined camp meetings and outreach meetings for youths
10.2 SUBSCRIBE COVENANT WORKERS TO MAKE SURE COMMITMENT
Senior Pastors should pray with new members to ensure motivation and interest will be maintained in the long-term.
This process ensures that members will be committed, the reason why for insufficient desire for evangelism is the fact it’s been treated as a minimal visibility ministry.
Care should be studied to improve its profile in the neighborhood church with the entire commitment of the senior Pastor. For evangelism to work it must be raised from a low visibility to high visibility ministries.
10.3 PLAN AT LEAST ONE YEARLY LARGE EVANGELISM EVENT
Revival prayer meetings centered on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit – just the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Scriptures and prayers are based on the work of the Holy Spirit.
10.4 PLAN AT THE LEAST TWO YEARLY EVANGELISM EVENTS
One-Hour Witnessing Workshops
One-Day Witnessing Workshops
10.5 DEVELOP AN EVANGELISTIC PRAYER MINISTRY
Prayer Walking with anointing oil
Praying for our Friends:friendship evangelism
Ask each member to have a friend for an open service
Organise an evangelistic prayer team