Being in Northern Ireland with our friend and missionary Travis Snode once again reminded me of the following. I hope you will consider how each of these might be worthy of consideration for your church.
The following is my goal for Vision Baptist Church and for churches all around the world. We are not there yet but are working on it. I know that I need to put forth more effort for our church to be the type of church that it should be. Work with me to make this a reality at Vision and if you are from another church pray about making these your goals. Let me know what you think!
Baptist Churches Committed to World Evangelism pledge to do the following:
The pastor and the leadership of our church do hereby commit themselves to whole heartedly to endeavor with God’s help to do the following as soon as possible
1. Work at evangelizing the world in their Jerusalem by committing to knock on and evangelize a minimum of 50,000 people that live close to their church at least twice a year
a. That means knocking on a minimum of 13,000 doors at least once each year and preferably twice a year in a systematic and organized fashion leaving a piece of literature in the house or on the door. This works out to approximately 250 doors a week if you plan to use another means to get the gospel to your area in the same year
b. Use the postal service or other means to get the gospel to each one at least one more time a year
c. Use radio, television and or Internet to reach their Jerusalem with the gospel.
2. Commit to have their church divided up and organized to pray to the Lord of the Harvest that he send forth laborers to His harvest.
a. Every part of the world will have leadership interest in prayer
b. Every missionary will have someone who takes a personal interest in the work and the country
3. The church will organize its ministries so that World Evangelism is taught and put before the people every week through the church, the pulpit, the Sunday School, VBS etc
4. The Church will strive to give 50% of its income to the support of World Evangelism as soon as God so enables them.
5. The church will commit to be a discipling church. Where discipleship is important from the pulpit, every person is involved in discipleship and being prepared for the work
6. The church will encourage, enable and motivate its people with a goal of having a minimum of one third of the church on the mission field and visit regularly getting involved in actual mission work. Short term missionary endeavor
7. Be a soul winning church where the members are accustomed to seeing people get saved and lives changed
8. Provide material to its members that will motivate and prepare them to do more to reach the world
9. Get everyone involved in the ministry and carrying the load of God’s work in their local church. Preparing men to take the load of the ministry even to the point of preparing a man with the ability to take the pastors place in the future
10. Aggressively seek to plant other local churches here in the USA sending their own members, money, prayer, and labor.