Why the Church Needs to Adapt to Reach Post-Christians

If you want to reach post-Christian, post-modern people—in other words, the next generation—how do you do it, effectively? Although you might not know it if you just perused social media, the majority of churches are plateaued or dying. And even among growing churches, not all growth is coming from people with no church background. Some—not all,… Read More

10 Simple Ways to Reach Your Neighbors for Jesus

10 SIMPLE WAYS TO REACH YOUR NEIGHBORS FOR JESUS
Most believers will never share the gospel with anyone, and many will never even invite anyone to church. Sometimes, in fact, we overstate the hard work of evangelism, and our folks never even try to reach anyone. Here are some simple ways to start correcting this problem by reaching your neighbors: Learn their names. I know… Read More

SUICIDE, DEPRESSION, AND PASTORS: ONE WAY CHURCH MEMBERS CAN HELP

The suicide death of a young pastor is being felt throughout the world. Andrew Stoecklein, lead pastor of Inland Hills Church in California, left behind his wife, Kayla, and three young sons. I am the father of three sons. I cannot look at a photo of the young family without getting tears in my eyes. Please Hear… Read More

10 WAYS TO “JUMP START” YOUR PERSONAL EVANGELISM BY CHUCK LAWLESS

If you’ve read the posts at this site in the past, you know I’m burdened about my own commitment to reaching the lost. Even as a professor of evangelism, I have to continually push myself to do evangelism. For what it’s worth (and frankly, as a matter of accountability), here are some steps I’m taking to move… Read More

KEEPING SMALL GROUPS EVANGELISTIC

Most healthy churches have both open and closed groups. Open groups use an ongoing curriculum that allows guests to enter the study at any point; emphasize evangelism, with the goal of becoming an entry point for guests; and strive to grow enough to multiply at least annually. Closed groups use a set curriculum that limits… Read More

In Nigeria, Kidnapped, Raped, Mocked, Saved by God: A Boko Haram Survivor’s Story of Radical Forgiveness

 In Northeast Nigeria,sexual violence is a characteristic of the ongoing insurgency, during which thousands of women and girls have been kidnapped and raped by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Many are forcibly married to their captors and become pregnant from rape. Some have managed to escape or have been rescued and allowed to return to… Read More