This little video speaks to the need for members of the New Church to outrageously love people. That love can create a setting in which a person can get into the Word, practice repentance and come to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
This nine minute video gives me a chance to lay out a few thoughts on how we share the church with new contacts. My thinking is that there are two parts: how we share the theology and how we make people feel welcome. Both need to be focused on in our efforts to evangelize and at home.
I believe that how we share the theology becomes more effective in the degree that we are willing to dialogue about the teachings of the church using frames of reference that the contact is familiar and comfortable with. Often this means presenting New Church truths using Old and New Testament references to base the dialgue -rather than coming directly from the writings.
Interesting statistics regarding congregation size:
59% of US worshippers attend services averaging 7-99 people
35% of US worshippers attend services averaging 100-499
4% of US worshippers attend services averaging 500-999
2% of US worshippers attend services averaging 1000-1999
.4% of US worshippers attend services averaging 2000-9999
.01% of US worshippers attend services averaging 10000 plus
The median church has 75 worshippers on a Sunday.
This is a powerpoint presentation developed for the General Church board of Directors about factors that increase church plant success.
Please read thought it and contribute your ideas about what works and what doesn’t. Click on: Church Planting Success Factors