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10.5 Ways To Overcome Fear of the “E Word”

God’s church goes forward numerically only as she gathers Newcomers unto herself. Yet it is becoming increasingly difficult for leaders, much less the regular church rank, to embrace the notion of evangelism. There is a lot of baseless fear that is associated with the ineffectiveness of the church in her outward trek. Let’s look at a number of key insights that clear the way for us to think—and act—differently toward not-yet Believers.
1. The senior leader of the local church is the primary mentor who guides the way in all things related to evangelism. A local church will rarely grow beyond the skill and passion level of her pastor. As that person does, so does the local church, for better and for worse. It is a heavy burden to bear but it is the reality of life. Most of the time, not surprisingly, the pastor of the local church is not naturally gifted at evangelism. The key word is “naturally.” He is usually more introverted and oriented toward speaking and teaching gifts. He would rather spend time studying than out with people trying to actively lead them to salvation. That’s okay. God can take a person like that and bring about exciting change. Remember this important principle: as a pastor changes so changes the local church. God isn’t interested in a pastor’s natural gifting. God tends to use us most profoundly in the areas where we lack a natural inclination. It is there we lean the most into God for strength and results.
To the degree the senior leader owns his responsibility in leading the way for evangelism God will be able to break through and do something significant. Until the senior leader owns this role little will happen. Tell God you are willing to step up. He will impart his desire. Then step out.

It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

– Somerset Maugham

One of my ongoing frustrations in Servant Evangelism has come in seeing people verbalize the Good News. The tendency of human nature is to speak little in the context of serving others. It is rather easy to recruit people onboard with the serving part of equation (the “S”). The evangelism (the “E”) is more challenging. Works of love are powerful in themselves, but without an accompanying verbalization of WHY we are doing these things we are cutting things significantly short. In other words, we need to live out a capital S and a capital E lifestyle.

Setting Sail

April 19, 2010 — Leave a comment

Missouri Is Happening

I just got back from a trip to Missouri – I was in Springfield and Columbia. The kingdom is alive and well in both places. People are excited about extending the kingdom in big ways. I am thrilled to be included in what the Father is doing these days. I grew up in Kansas – in the Wichita area. I was inclined to think that the people who live in Missouri – and who follow Missouri sports teams especially – were a little off kilter. Such categorical thinking goes with the territory of growing about anywhere I guess.

Today God is on the move in a big way in good ‘ol Missouri. It is exciting to meet people who have been persevering in serving, praying and connecting with their community. I mentioned during one talk that I have planted several churches and, “who knows, maybe I will end up here in Missouri one day.” Four people came up to me after I finished talking to further inquire about my church planting plans. I was making a comment in passing, but it certainly was encouraging to hear the hearts of a number of people who are looking for cool spiritual things to happen in the Show Me State.

ServeCoach.com is live and open for registration!

Head over to http://www.servecoach.com to try and snag one of those Fast-Mover Bonuses!

See you there!

Steve

VIDEO WALKTHROUGH
We just posted over at ServeCoach.com a video walkthrough of the new website that is going LIVE tomorrow, May 6th! This 8 minute video will show you exactly what you get with a ServeCoach.com membership. Head over there right now and watch this video:

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LAUNCH UPDATE

ServeCoach.com goes LIVE tomorrow at 4 PM Eastern / 1 PM Pacific. I’ll be sitting down with Lance Ford, from Shapevine.com, to answer several last-minute questions and explain some important aspects of this training. Make sure you’re on this webcast with me tomorrow at 3PM Eastern / 12 PM Pacific! The webcast will be live at ServeCoach.com. Immediately following the webcast, ServeCoach.com will go live.

BONUSES

Fast Mover Bonus #1 – First 50 Only

Ok, this is a biggie…

For the first 50 people who join ServeCoach.com, I will schedule a one-on-one strategy session where we can discuss your ideas and how you should proceed.

And if you don’t think we can get much accomplished in 30-minutes, think again!

Prior to our first call, you’ll fill out an information sheet where you’ll give me all the details about your ministry. (NOTE: You’ll find the mere act of filling out this info sheet to be valuable all by itself.) This way I’ll be able to prepare for our call ahead of time and fully maximize the time that we have.

Value: Priceless

Fast Mover Bonus #2 – First 500 Only

When we were cleaning out the vault we found my original presentation on servant evangelism on the church satellite network. Though the clothes and hairstyles of the audience will have you laughing, the content has never been needed more. It’s just as appropriate for you doing ministry in 2009, as it was fifteen years ago in 1994.

This 3 hour training seminar has been broken down into 6 lessons and includes PDF notes for you to download, print out, and fill out as you watch the videos.

Value: $99

OK, now you know about the bonuses being offered, so make sure you’re ready for the launch tomorrow at 4 PM Eastern / 1 PM Pacific!

Steve

P.S. – We have a large number of people on our list, visiting the blog, and leaving comments. All of this has come without much “publicity” – this is all from our own internal list.

I have no way of knowing how many people will register for ServeCoach.com, but I DO know that the first bonus will go very fast.

So if you want to grab one of those spots, then be ready tomorrow when we open.

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