ARTICLE – Learning to Be a Missionary
Learning to be a missionary takes place in a context and attitude of love for people who do not know or follow Christ. It requires being open to the ideas and perspectives of others and suspending our personal, cultural and religious ideas to listen to their experience. The path toContinue reading
ARTICLE – When we cry out to God, he answers
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Evangelical church is now one of the largest Christian communities in New York City. But this was not always the case. When Jim Cymbala began his pastorate there in the early 1970s, it had only about 30 members and the church was dying. Furthermore, he became seriouslyContinue reading
ARTICLE – Presence and Proclamation
Views on evangelization have often clustered around two poles: “presence” and “proclamation.” The term “Christian presence” was minted in French Catholicism. Blessed Charles de Foucauld described his vocation as being present amongst people, a presence willed and intended as a witness of the love of Christ. The term “Christian presence”Continue reading
ARTICLE – Saving those who are lost
The possibility of perdition for human beings is real. The Church has always taught this and it has not changed (COC #1022). In his Epistle to the Hebrews, Saint Paul speaks of those who are lost and those who save their souls: “We are not the sort of people whoContinue reading
ARTICLE – Saint-Nazaire Parish: The story of a missionary transformation
The Saint-Nazaire church is another example of parish missionary transformation. Located in Sanary-sur-Mer, France, it changed parish priests in 1994. When he arrived, he found that the faithful were involved in parish activities, but most of the community was composed of seniors. Desiring it to change, he took his parochialContinue reading
ARTICLE – Small Groups and Evangelization
Evangelization experts say that if one desires his church to grow, one must keep the front gates wide open, create many side doors, and tightly shut the back exit. In this expression, the front gates are the weekend services welcoming the non-believers, the side doors are small groups contacting andContinue reading
ARTICLE – EVANGELIZING BY INVITING PEOPLE TO RECEIVE JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOUR
Many missional churches evangelize by inviting people to “accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour” (2 Peter 3:18). They understand evangelism as a proclamation of the Gospel that calls for a response to Christ who urges us to repentance, conversion and discipleship. Those who are evangelized are lead to make aContinue reading
ARTICLE – You Will Receive Power…
Jesus said to his disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). God wants to fill us with the Holy Spirit so thatContinue reading
ARTICLE – Have You Heard About the Law of Three Hearings and Seven Touches?
The law of three hearings and seven touches refers to research into the evangelistic efforts of growing churches. It shows that an unchurched person who visits a church rarely joins the Christian community after a first visit (that’s obvious to most of us…). He or she needs to attend aContinue reading
ARTICLE – Three Habits of a Fruitful Christian Life
To live a fruitful Christian life, there exists a daily formula—three things we can do each day. If we do these consistently, we will grow stronger and more mature in Christ. It is easy to form these Christian habits. They can become as natural as combing our hair, dressing orContinue reading
RECOMMENDED BOOK – Evangelization: A Challenge for the Catholic Church
This short, easy to read book by Fr. Bob Bedard, will help you: – Increase your understanding of evangelization – Grow in confidence to proclaim the Good News – Learn the practical three-step dynamic of evangelization.
RECOMMENDED BOOK – The Purpose Driven Church
Discover the same practical insights and principles for growing a healthy church that Rick has taught in seminars to over 22,000 pastors and church leaders from sixty denominations and forty-two countries.