Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on Twitter @Clawlessjr and on at facebook.com/CLawless.
Most churches in North America are not evangelistic. My role as Professor of Evangelism and Missions, though, allows me to learn about churches that are breaking this trend. Here are some characteristics of these churches:
- They’re led by pastors who are themselves evangelistic. I’ve written before that I’ve never seen an evangelistic church not led by an evangelistic pastor. The passion of the leader grabs the attention of the congregation he leads. If you want to know why the pastor’s commitment to evangelism matters, see this post.
- They believe and teach the exclusivity of the gospel (that is, Jesus is the only way, and no one can be saved apart from a personal relationship with Him). This truth compels them to teach the Good News through all they do.
- They emphasize the significance of baptism. It’s not just a “tack on” at the end of a service; it’s a central part of the church’s worship and celebration. They genuinely rejoice when people illustrate their faith by baptism. Check out this post to hear some of my memories about baptism that drive me to evangelize more.
- They challenge new believers immediately to share their story with others. They know that believers are more likely to do evangelism when (a) they’re first saved, and (b) they’re still connected to non-believers. So, they don’t wait long to challenge new believers to evangelize.
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Source: Church Leaders