Due to Christian attendance sinking, many believe that there are not enough opportunities for the church to win souls. If you have fallen into this mode of thinking, I would like to dispel you from it. It all depends on how you think about opportunities and what you think about the church.
Opportunities are when we can share our faith in a way that we hope will be persuasive. They are not just the times that individuals visit our church buildings. We are the church, and we take the church with us wherever we go. Therefore, everyone we come across is a visitor to the church. This expanded and accurate depiction gives us a better understanding of the opportunities to present the church. There are way more visitors to the church than our bulletins or guest boards portray.
The question becomes, are we accurately portraying the body of Christ? Are our visitors getting an authentic glimpse into what the church is? Perhaps that is why guests who attend our corporate assemblies are not persuaded about the church as we think they ought to be. They've already judged their involvement in the faith we profess. Their visit is a kind gesture to you as a friend, but that soil is not ready to receive the seed that is God's Word.
Let's take a few moments to consider what opportunities are. Here are nine "Essentials on Opportunities" that John Maxwell, a Christian preacher, turned wildly successful leadership guru, put together.
There are more chances for us to present the church than we realize. We must become more aware of those opportunities and adequately show the body of Christ for the benefit of humanity. Do not wait for opportunities to come your way. Instead, create your prospects found with and inside your problems. This proactive approach to opportunities carries a powerful ability to develop ways to increase visitors to experience the abundant life in the church.
What are your thoughts about opportunities the church creates for itself? What problems are you aware of that are opportunities? Who was the last visitor you are aware of to the church?
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Barry G. Johnson, Sr.
An Evangelist at the Church of Christ which meets in Brookfield, IL.