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  1. LAY EVANGELISM

  2. Six Gathering Strategies • Viral Evangelism • LAY EVANGELISM • Community Penetration • Sneak Previews • Small Groups • Marketing

  3. QUESTION • How will you mobilize your core group to evangelism?

  4. Linebacker Video!

  5. Interaction • How were you trained in evangelism?

  6. Networking Is Big! Ninety percent of new converts come through networking!

  7. Imagine This! • What if you could mobilize your entire core group to virally share the gospel using their social networks?

  8. D0 the Evangelism Math Planter: 25 Prospects + Core: 25 Prospects 50 People/Week • That is major gathering!

  9. Early Church How did they grow?

  10. Acts 1:8 Commission • Jerusalem • Judea • Samaria • Ends of Earth

  11. Jerusalem Circle • Acts 2:41- 3,000 • Acts 2:47- Added daily • Acts 3:1- Awe, Amazement • Acts 4:4- 5,000 men • Acts 5:14- More & more • Acts 6:1- Number increasing • Acts 6:7- Many priests Acts 1-7: Good Growth

  12. Acts 8:1 Problem • STILL IN FIRST CIRCLE! • Seventeen years later • Jerusalem church had become a closed network.

  13. Major Networking Problem • As powerful as network evangelism is, every network has built in natural boundaries that work against the viral spread of the gospel.

  14. Natural Closure • Most people have 40-50 people in their network. • Pastors: 75-120 • Introverts: 20-30 • Exception: POP • Person of Peace • Know everybody

  15. Stark: Closed Networks • Most new religious movements fail because they quickly become closed or semi closed networks. That is, they fail to keep forming and sustaining attachments to outsiders and thereby lose the capacity to grow.

  16. Rapid Closure • Small groups: Six months • Churches: 70 people • Core groups: Four-Five months

  17. Exponential Growth • Successful movements discover techniques for remaining open networks. And herein lies the capacity of movements to sustain exponential rates of growth over a long period of time.

  18. Open Networks How do you keep networks open?

  19. Early Church • Acts 8:1 (NIV) 1 On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.

  20. Mobilized Laymen • Phillip: Samaria (8:5) • Paul: Damascus (9:19) • Cornelius: (10-11) • Barnabas: Antioch (11:22) • Hinge passage: 11:19-21 • Unknown planters 11:20

  21. Jumped Networks

  22. Brutally Honest • Every time a new network was opened, there was a major battle. • Acts 6: Hellenistic vs. Hebrew widows • Acts 8: Jerusalem vs. Samaria • Acts 8:26- Samaria vs. Africa (Ethiopian) • Acts 10-11: Jew (clean) vs. Gentile (unclean) • Acts 13: Antioch vs. Asia Minor • Acts 15: Circumcision vs. Uncircumcision • Acts 16: Asia Minor vs. Europe (Macedonian)

  23. Push-Pull Tension GOD’S SPIRIT GOD’S PEOPLE

  24. Push-Pull Application • First battle: Yourself • To spend necessary time to prospect & network • Second battle: Your Core Group • One of your major battles will be to fight to keep your core group open and continually build new relationships with new people, outsiders, and new networks.

  25. Battle Tips How other planters have mobilized their core groups.

  26. 1. Model Yourself • If you don’t, your people wouldn’t! • Tell your stories • Tell your successes Tell your failures

  27. 2. Teach Networking • If networking is a big deal, then your #1 task is to teach your core group how to share their faith using their pre-existing social networks.

  28. Think Networks • You need to look beyond the individual to his/her social network. • Teacher: School Network • Fireman: Rescue Network • Hunter: Outdoor Network • Divorced: Single Parent

  29. Think 3-4th Generation • II Timothy 2:2 • Paul • Timothy • Faithful men • Others • Who do you know? • Who do they know? • Who do their friends know?

  30. 3. Spiritual Dynamics • Jesus Christ: He’s Alive (Acts 1:3) • Holy Spirit: He’s Available (Acts 2: 38-39) • Pray For Divine Appointments

  31. 4. Personal Testimony • Nothing more powerful. • Simple format • Acts 26 • BC: Before Christ • How • AC: After Christ

  32. 5. Gospel Presentation • Clear Presentation • Laymen’s greatest fear • YFC: 3 Stories • CC: 4 Laws • BG: Steps • Navigators: Bridge • Roman Road • Planter: Stepping across the line

  33. 6. Spiritual Gift • Evangelist Gift: 10% • Every gift also spiritual responsibility • Do work of evangelist: II Timothy 4:5

  34. 7. Evangelism Styles • Direct: Peter (Acts 2) • Intellectual: Paul (Acts 17) • Testimonial: Blind man (John 9) • Interpersonal: Matthew (Luke 5) • Invitational: Samaritan (John 4) • Service: Tabitha (Acts 9:36)

  35. 8. Evangelism: Process • Baby Steps!

  36. 9. Receptivity • Mt. 13: Four soils • Who most receptive? • Passages • Touch points • Fertile on fringes

  37. 10. Celebrate Wins • Converts: Roses • Create Culture • Prayer goals • Leadership accountability

  38. Benchmark • Low: 40% • Medium: 60% • High: 80%

  39. Lay Evangelism Plan • How will you mobilize your core group to evangelism?

  40. The End

  41. Parable of Orange Tree • I dreamed I drove on a lonely road, straight and empty. On either side were groves of oranges trees; row after row stretching back from the road with boughs heavy with the round, yellow fruit. It was harvest time. …

  42. Key Books