Effective outreach demands good administration. Evangelistic events don’t just happen. They are led by a team of people characterized by five things.
A burden for unbelievers.
These must be people who understand this outreach is not for those who do know the Lord but those who don’t—and that is what excites them. Their burden for non-Christians so grips them that they want to see the kind of outreach that brings as many as possible to Christ. This will have a contagious affect upon the entire church.
No one person has what it takes to plan an effective outreach. One may be strong in one area and another strong elsewhere. That’s why the team planning an outreach must be humble people who work well together. That way, as they plan together, they will reach out to each other on the team and link arms and hands together. The team is stronger as a result and the outreach even more effective.
For all EvanTell outreach events, we send preparation manuals to help ministry teams prepare. But every situation differs. So, the team members have to have the ability to plan ahead, anticipate obstacles, meet deadlines, and organize step-by-step procedures. Good instruction manuals guide them, but they cannot address every situation that will arise. Good planning is always the result of good thinking—people who can think ahead and thus plan ahead.
Attention to detail.
It’s the details that often make or break an outreach. Items that seem minor to some people may not be minor at all. The details may range from proofreading promotional material, to ordering sufficient preparation or follow-up materials, to knowing when and where specific announcements need to be made, and looking minute by minute at the timing for the entire event. Some people are stronger in this area than others, but your team as a whole needs members who are excellent at details.
No one knows everything. That’s why the team needs a closeness and unity in which they are willing to learn and benefit from one another. For example, for our Wild Game Feast outreach weekend, I’m on the phone once a month four months out with the person in charge. The last thing I need is someone who thinks he already knows how to do it instead of being willing to listen to what we’ve learned through experience. That’s why I often tell churches, good leaders know how to lead but they also know how to be led. They have a teachability and are eager to learn from others.
Put a team together with people who have these five distinctives and you have a miracle waiting to happen. They are people God uses to do things far beyond what they ever thought possible.