Intentionality Is Vital To Growing By Conversion
Traveling gives you perspective. You not only see 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. A church growing by conversion (winning the lost to Christ) is becoming difficult to find.
There is one word that determines whether or not a church grows through conversion: intentionality. But what does that mean practically?
First, intentionality measures church growth by the number of people brought to Christ by the congregational witness of the church. The church then teaches the new converts to reach others. I encourage you to resist the temptation of asking, “How many more people do we have in attendance this year than last year?"
Two, intentionality maintains a training program available twelve months out of the year. Training opportunities should be consistent not sporadic.
Three, intentionality leads the church in evangelism by example. Be ever-careful to do what you’re asking your staff and congregation to do. One way to motivate others is to talk to the lost, not about the lost. Leadership by example is paramount. Accountability with one another is a big part of intentionality.
Four, intentionality plans one to two events a year specifically designed for believers to invite non-Christians. Don’t allow it to become an “either/or” plan—personal evangelism or mass evangelism. It takes both.
Five, intentionality prays both for believers who evangelize and for those who need the gospel. Pray not just for those within the church but also for the lost outside the church.
Six, intentionality keep evangelism before the people every month. Sometimes this can be by testimony and sometimes by the way you could introduce a particular song, and other times by a message on evangelism. In some way, mention evangelism every Sunday.
Intentionality describes a church that grows by conversion.