What if the church encouraged and supported one another to develop personal businesses? Let’s call them Ministries because what I’m suggesting are personal businesses whose main purpose is the church itself. In other words what if, we helped each other start websites and social media venues whose purpose for being was to Evangelize the world. These business/ ministries are not about making money there about making disciples. Many churches put out great material week in and week out. The building church model limits the exposure of the Gospel when we fail to take it outside of the walls.
I just preached a sermon entitled, “Don’t Wait for the Lost to Come to You”. In that lesson I labored to make the point that the world did not come to God. God came to the world in the person Jesus. There are ways we can emulate that example. God’s sovereignty set up humanity by having men gather in synagogues where Jesus and the Apostles went to preach the Good News. Looking back, it sure seems to me that God was setting man up for the Word to be preached. It was the fullness of time, tailor made for the Gospel to explode. I see that man once again is being set up by the digital world. People are gathering in communities all over the internet. Why can’t the church go to those communities and sow the seed that is God’s Word? One simple way of doing this is to open Facebook Pages; Twitter accounts and Websites that repost the great material that many churches already produce.
An individual may want to focus in on an aspect of the preaching and teaching that comes out of their congregation and spread it out to their friends. Then by multiplication through the audience of each member the seed can be broadcast out into the world. There are many approaches and variations of this idea for spreading the Good News. Creativity and a desire to share what many have already experienced in the love of Christ can make this a monumental effort which can be scaled to serve any congregations needs. Join us to see what you can do to evangelize your world.
Barry G. Johnson, Sr.
An Evangelist at the Church of Christ which meets in Brookfield, IL.