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Faith-Sharing: How to Win Friends and Influence People for Jesus

Six Easy Messages to teach others how to witness. 

Twelve More Easy-to-Understand Lessons based on digests of lectures, books, conversations  and experiences, demonstrating quick ways to improve and increase your ministry's outreach.

1: The Incredible Seeking God

How to witness - One frequent question has been: “Why should these children be Christians anyway? They already have their religion, don’t they?" Other related questions include, "Do we really want to manipulate with our faith?” and “Won’t they come to church if they want, just like going to the grocery store?”


2: Gambler for Love

Winning friends and influencing people for Jesus is not a special ministry, done by special people, with special titles or special degrees, at special times or in special ways; but winning friends for Jesus should be the natural and normal ministry of any congregation or individual member. But winning friends for Jesus can't be a normal response to Grace if our motives for sharing are unclear.


3: Share; Do; Name!

A great way to break ice is to do something nice. That’s charity. We learned all about charity the last time. Remember the definition? “Charity (or love or agape) lives in order to die to self to care for another, spend for another, giving itself away for the sake of the beloved.”


4: Getting on the Same Frequency

Following Jesus is simply not a viable option in their lives. Why? Because the majority has never had the Jesus-life presented in genuine and useful ways. So what’s helpful in sharing our faith is first discovering points of contact between the good news and the needs of its hearers. I’ll explain what I mean by that in a minute.


5: Up On the Handlebar!

Riding double is the city boy's mode of transportation. Riding double down a steep hill might seem dangerous. We might say that that boy perched on the handlebars might be exercising "the foolish faith of youth." But the fourteen-year-old kind of faith really isn't foolish at all.


6: $50K in 90 Days or Less!

My friend (not me, of course) received three identical letters in the mail over the course of a year. Each letter was headed by the bold words, “Earn $50,000 in 90 Days or Less!” My friend threw the first two letters away because he thought it was a joke. But the third letter came at a time when there wasn't enough money to make the bills, so he read it carefully.

© 2007 Jackson Snyder dba ATC Web Publishing, based on Faith-sharing, by Eddie Fox and George Morris

Beyond Faith-sharing: How to Win Friends and Influence People for Jesus

12 Easy-to-Understand Lessons based on digests of lectures, books and experiences, demonstrating quick ways to improve and increase your ministry's outreach.

1:   The Outward-focused Church

There are basically two opposite styles of doing (or not doing) the business of the church (and degrees in between): the inward-focused (or maintenance-minded) and the outward-focused (or mission-minded). Each church style has five characteristics.

2:   Discerning the Needs of People

Evangelism is what we do to make faith a useful option to undisciplined people. After all, "Christ has no hands but our hands, no feet but our feet, no tongue but our tongue...." Our objective is to bring people into the full faith, life, church, mission -- help people to become fully what they were meant to be in the Savior.


3:   The Incarnational Ministry

Jesus really did love people, as evidenced by the invented (or borrowed) Koine Greek word for "love," agape (agaph). This word represents the distinction of Christian love apart from other loves. Methodist missionary E. Stanley Jones devised a diagram that helps us to visualize agape as distinguished from “love”: agape looks outward from the ones whom Jesus loved, and extends even to the enemy.


4:   Engaging Secular People

Secular people do not contemplate God or spiritual things, but television personalities, movie and music stars, video games, and romance novels. Yet secular people are still religious people who have an inherent need for religion “to help explain the meaning of life in ultimate terms,” including those experiences that their secular influence cannot define (such as death, suffering, ecstasy).


5:   Living Debt-free Biblically

The first question is, "How severe is the debt?" If monthly payments exceed available income, then a financial counselor is probably needed. A volunteer counselor can negotiate lesser payments or a moratorium on assets until the collateral or assets are sold.


6:   Youth Ministry Leadership

Youth ministry is the most productive of all for reaching people, for children, especially teens, are so impressionable and interested. The traditional idea of church youth activities, Bible reading, singing "Do Lord," preaching "be good," no longer illustrate the modern church youth method or movement.


7:   Growing a New Church 1:
The Price Tag, the Target

 "We've never done it that way before!" Local traditions must go! "Ponder anew what the Almighty can do!" The new church must define a new constituency. In 1906 there were 198,000 Protestant churches. Less than half exist today, mostly due to the failure to redefine constituency as the times changed. 55 Protestant churches go out of business each week. In the last 100 years, 43,000 Methodist churches have closed; now 200 close per year. The price tag is that the congregation must have the ability and desire to identify and reach a new constituency.


8:   Growing a New Church 2:
The Pastor, People, Program

The identity of the founding pastor makes a great difference in the new church setting.  (In many churches it makes no difference who the pastor is.)  Contrary to the popular belief, the small church is the strong church; the large church is fragile and the pastor can make the difference in whether it stays together or falls apart.

9:   Spiritual and Motivational Gifts

Gifts provide the body of Christ with functional members. If one member of the body is absent, then it may not function properly. This is because the motivational gifts are perspectives from which the member of the body accomplishes the tasks that Christ and the church has given that one to do. Such gifts are carried on through this dimension into eternity. (“Heaven is a four-letter word - WORK!”)


10: Envisioning, Friendliness and Authority

The foundational questions for determining purpose are, “Why do we exist?” and “Who are we to serve?” Every right decision based on a wrong assumption is a wrong decision. Ministry plans must be drawn from purpose! Is it for THEM - or just for us? The reasoned response to these proverbs makes up the “mission” or “purpose statement.”

11: Making the Case

A Case statement is the first document that you will need to develop for your non-profit strategy. It is the single most important document because all other marketing and ministry documentation will be developed around your Case Statement. Developing a strong Case Statement is the spring-board in all other development activities.


12: How Do We Get Them to Come?

How do we get people to attend our meetings? Newspaper ad? Only 10% of newspaper readers will read your ad. Bulk mail? Only .5% - 1% can be expected to respond. Flyers? Depends on placement and layout. Phone calls? A good start. But here's how to do it quickly and effectively.

© 2007 Jackson Snyder dba ATC Web Publishing

 

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