Mar 19, 2010

Evangelism after Five Years

After I had gotten my feet under me at FUMC, Arlington back in 2005 and as many of our business people like goals, I developed three broad targets at which I thought our church could aim. These objectives had to do with 1) evangelism, 2) missions, 3) worship. For the next few weeks as we move toward the Easter Festival in 2010, I would like to re-visit these objectives and see how we have done.

Our first objective had to do with evangelism which means simply “sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.” An evangelist named Hudson Taylor once said: “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” So you don’t have to look it up, the great commission is when Jesus said to the disciples: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you . . . ” (Matthew 28:18-20). Many Christians believe that to follow this Great Commission is the best way to be faithful to God’s claim on us.

Earlier in 2005 I suggested that “if we expand our membership a mere 3% of, then we would include 150 new members. If we invite co-workers, family members, or those who do not have a church home from among our acquaintances, this ‘150 new persons’ is a remarkably achievable goal.” So Judy looked up the new member numbers for me:

2005—150
2006—150
2007—132
2008—102
2009—107

Thus for two years we met our aim precisely—and now I throw the challenge down again. Rev. Estee Valendy works to help guests and others looking for a church home feel welcome. But as glowing as Estee and the rest of our church staff is, it even so takes an entire congregation of loving people to make a warm, hospitable, and friendly church that someone might want to call his or her home. We can do it as we proved in 2005 and 2006. Now we need to pray that God’s spirit can breath into us a little enthusiasm for God’s work here in our own congregation as we reach out to a world in need.

Sincerely, your friend [and pastor],

David N. Mosser

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