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So, You want to Reach People for Christ, Really?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Featured | 0 comments

Pastors and their churches who really want to reach people for the Messiah are passionate about their personal mission and core values therefore: They live their mission and values – do you? Will pay the price to proclaim the Gospel – will you? They are able to articulate their passion in a few short sentences – Can you? Observations on Reaching People for the Messiah                   Do you know where to go to reach the interested?                   When we talk to a person on the street or in the home or wherever, do you know what to say to create within that person the desire to want to know more?  ? In the media one liner messaging grabs attention and creates within the prospect the desire to know more.  How many one liner statements or questions do you know that stimulates interest in hearing the Gospel?   Do you know how to hyper-target, that is do you know how to contact the interested with concise information that will cause them to want to know more? A key to reaching people is to recognize that we operate at the speed of life; can you adapt to meet the needs of your community when sudden change occurs or disaster strikes?   Most non-relational marketing is being done digitally, what are you doing to attract those who live online to the message of the Gospel?   Of all the people in the world and your community which ones should you seek to reach first? Have you studied enough to know how to target them? Can you speak their language and know how they live? Can you live among them to reach them?   Do you understand the needs of those you are seeking to reach, when was the last time you did a demographic study and took the time to comprehend what it was telling you? Want to get the word out about what God is doing through your church?  Get to know those who do the marketing in the community, the chit-chatters, the media marketers, the admissions director of the vocational and traditional colleges,and adapt the tools they use to promote the cause of Christ and your church’s ministries.   The testimony is still the most powerful tool you have….what will a committed member say about their relationship to Christ and your church?  Have you ever had a testimony night at your church in which your members invited guests to hear why they are followers of Christ?   Your first line of reaching people for our LORD: Work with and equip those who are your cutting edge people, the real committed.  Do you know who they are and have you discipled them? Love the rest an pray that they will grow into committed followers...

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The Parable of the Selfish Pastor

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Featured | 0 comments

Once there was a man who had two sons. The first son was handsome and famous, self-centered and thousands upon thousands flocked to see him perform his art. The second son wasn’t anything to look at and only the faithful knew about his work. He labored hard and gave everything he earned to save people. The First son died.  The pastor of the big church was only acquainted with this son but because the father asked him to officiate at the funeral service he said to himself, “Self, I must officiate at his funeral; it will be one of those long services. However, I will be seen and so he rearranged his schedule to go officiate at the famous son’s funeral. The pastor thought, “Perhaps the church is in his will, beside it will only be a few long hours of my day. I can put up with it. The father was grieved because the son gave no evidence of being a follower of Christ. Later it was announced the son gave nearly all his wealth to his dog. Not many months later the second son died, too.  When his father visited in his son’s apartment he found no food in his home, one suit from the Salvation Army, many prayer lists, and long lists with people he had a heart to share the Gospel with and help.  His Bishop was called to officiate at his funeral but he did not have time, he had a golf tournament to attend with the local community leaders. So, the father called the pastor.  The pastor of the big church was much better acquainted with this young pastor and thought to talk to him about his ministry but every time he scheduled an appointment the son was sick and could not meet with him because he was helping lost and needy people. The pastor thought to himself, ‘Self, I don’t have time for this funeral service besides I barely know this son and his kind of funeral lasts too long. I have other things to do and so he made an excuse to get out of attending the service. And I say to you, the faithful will see the blessing of the LORD but as for the Bishop and pastor of the big church, what blessings have...

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The Parable of the Preacher

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Featured | 0 comments

Written by Don Parker Once there was a certain preacher.  On a Sunday his heart was full and he desperately sought to honor God through his sermon.  He was overcome with passion for God’s love and truth to be lived.  His voiced raised, his countence changed, he was not himself.  One woman thought, why does he have to yell?  I don’t like yelling!  Another thought whose he mad at?  I don’t like the way he directly points out the sins of the people.  Another, cracked with a smirk on her face, what did he drink, two red bulls?  The preacher got louder, he moved about the platform, his face was filled with fire…A self-righteous old ‘bitty’ said, ” I will talk to my husband about him, he must be mad. Something is bothering him, he needs help.  But the preacher standing afar off on the platform had a broken heart, a heart who cried out that he would honor God having been cleansed by God’s grace, mercy and love.  His message was deeply rooted in God’s Word.  Many in the crowd that day resented his message.  Who did he think he was!? I tell you the truth, ‘those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves with be...

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