That was the good news. As he continued to share he said that these new people rather than being a source of joy was causing a tremendous amount of tension in the church particularly among the older members.
- I appreciated the love the pastor had for lost people and everything he had done to bring the words of hope to a community desperately in need of the gospel.
- I realized the existing church members valued their comfort and tradition and the value of reaching lost persons was at best something that had been, it was not something that was currently seen as important.
- 1.A preliminary study was undertaken to articulate the core values held bygrowing churches. Using my 30 plus years of consulting experience plusreviewing thousands of pages of Church Growth literature 22 values werediscovered. Four questions werethen written for each value to test whether the value was held and howstrongly. A survey instrument was then designed to measure how strongly thesevalues were held. The research team at the convention office formulated thequestions into a usable tele-form.
- The survey instrument was sent to 329 churches in the convention. Within 3months 145 Churches had responded for an approximately 45% response rate. Whilethis percentage of response was lower than we hoped it was almost twice as highas is seen in published academic studies. Each church surveyed 8 leaders and 8non-leaders. The surveys werecoded to let us know what church they came from and whether the respondent wasa leader or non-leader. In total 1588 individuals completed the survey.
- Focus groups were conducted in 24 of the selected churches over a 2-monthperiod. In each of these churches two groups, one of leaders, the other, non-leaderswas interviewed for approximately 90 minutes. These focus groups were designedto listen to groups of lay people talk about their church and about evangelism.In total 46 groups were conducted with more than 425 people participating. Atthe end of the week the consultants met to debrief our experience. Asignificant number of the tapes were transcribed so we could further reflectand examine the findings.
- Two focus groups were conducted a month later to examine the leadershiptendencies of pastors in high and low conversion growth churches. The firstgroup was of pastors in the study who came from low conversion growth churches.The second was of pastors of high conversion growth churches who were baptismleaders in their size categories
- An analysis of both the survey and the focus groups is prepared (this document)for presentation at the annual Evangelism Convention.
- Webelieve that as co- laborers with God fervent prayer for the harvest is essential.
- Webelieve what we are as well as what we say is critical to effective evangelismso we affirm that followers of Christ should manifest authenticity andintegrity in their lives.
- Webelieve that the creation of new units (classes) is essential to the reachingof newpeople.
- Webelieve that having growth goals and evaluating our performance againstthose goals honors God by keeping us focused and inspiring excellence.
- Webelieve that investing dollars in growth activities is an evidence of our commitmentto evangelism.
- Webelieve the public worship service should not only edify the believer but alsobe a placefor the unchurched to come and be evangelized.
- Webelieve people are more important than programs and attendance of the unchurchedatthe activities of the church is a good way to measure their evangelisticeffectiveness.
- Webelieve that starting new churches in our community is essential for effectiveoutreach.
- Webelieve the primary mission of the church is to respond to the Great Commission.
- Webelieve evangelism is a process and the church should provide appropriate opportunitiesfor people on their journey to faith.
- Webelieve that because the worship experience is the first exposure most unchurchedhave with our church we must view what happens from their perspective.
- Webelieve that diversification of our ministry is essential to evangelistic effectiveness.
- Webelieve our facilities have the power to either attract or repel the unchurched.
- Webelieve that evangelism needs to be a priority item on the regular deacons/Churchboard meeting.
- Webelieve investing in the continuing education of our leadership is essentialto sharpeningour evangelistic effectiveness.
- Webelieve priority should be given in budget and space/time considerationsto thoseactivities, which hold the greatest evangelistic potential.
- Webelieve that the best days for our church are still ahead.
- Webelieve that loving relationships should permeate all aspects of church life.
learning’s of the focus groups should, and could, beused to look at what was observed and heard to strengthen the spiritual lifeand evangelistic efforts of the local church.
|Dr John Thannickal|
Loves and values the Gospel's proclamation
Founder of Nava Jeva Ashram
|My friend Dr. David Cho|
God used him to build and lead the
largest church in the world. Last year 117,000
souls came to know the Lord
|My wife and I with a wonderful pastor and his wife |
who at risk to their own health have taken
the gospel into a leper colony
|Dr. Billy Kim, Pastor and President of FEBC|
Values taking the gospel to places considered unreachable