Traveling has given me such perspective. I’ve not only seen what is happening in one community but in communities across the nation. I've observed that most churches grow by transfer—believers moving from one church to join another. Churches growing by conversion are far more rare.
Winning the lost and training them to reach others comes down to one word: intentionality. But what does that mean and what does an intentional church look like?
First, an intentional church searches for the right numbers. It’s not about how many people transferred into the church. It’s about how many people came to Christ and how many people learned how to reach others. An intentional church doesn’t ask, “How many more people do we have this year than last year?" That question is irrelevant.
Second, an intentional church has a training program available twelve months out of the year. Training opportunities are consistent, not sporadic.
Third, an intentional church leads by example. The staff do what they are asking the people to do. Accountability with one another is a big part of their intentionality.
Fourth, an intentional church plans one to two events a year specifically designed for believers to invite non-Christians. It is not either personal evangelism or mass evangelism. It is both.
Next, an intentional church prays for both believers who evangelize and for those who need the gospel. They pray not just for those within the church but the lost outside of the church.
Finally, they are intentional to keep evangelism before the people every month. This could be by testimony or how they introduce a particular song. Sometimes, it could be an entire message on evangelism. In some way, they mention evangelism every Sunday.
A church that grows by conversion is a church that is intentional.