Anything else appears to be a losing battle.
These things are important and in this order:
- Personal worship/evangelism
- Family worship/evangelism
- Small group worship/evangelism
- Local church worship/evangelism
- Conference/district worship/evangelism
We have failed to train and motivate our people to recognise this order of importance so we have the incessant and hence meaningless appeals for #4 when we should begin at number 1 and work down the list.
Okay now that I have got your attention with my own convictions about the need for community based small group ministry, I now also believe that with proper planning the Sunday evening evangelistic meetings can become the centre of a massive local church campaign.
Recently, a friend was willing to share a revolutionary approach to improving, nay, reinventing midweek meetings.
"I said to the elders, give me every Sunday night for the quarter and I will fill the church!"
Now, I've heard many well meaning Christians bemoan the good old days when the churches had great attendance for mid-week services. And I've heard people blaming everone but themselves for the lack of interest
What he went on to tell me caught my attention, sparked my imagination, and motivated my commitment to
get involved if the idea ever got off the ground.
He would promote the meetings, hype the location, create a media blitz, book the best preachers in the country, the best choirs, and a working transportation strategy to get members and visitors to attend. Best of all he was so enthusiastic I knew in my heart he was capable of getting it done. And he was willing to part finance the budget.
In fact, his suggestions can be integrated with small group efforts in such a way that
the Sunday evenings would become moments of decision for Christ.