3 Factors 11
1 Focus 23
6 Functions 27
Questions to Guide the Development of a Disciple-Making Process
Evaluate your Current Ministries: Disciple-Making Process Matrix
Develop a Disciple-Making Process Symbol 48
Vital Behaviors for Evangelism 51
Baptism Goal Service 54
Evangelistic Best Practices 59
MY316 Evangelism Resources 65
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is EvangElism a priority in your procEss? It always takes more
effort to lead someone to Christ than most every other spiritual
activity. As you take up the challenge of this manual to develop
your church’s disciple-making process, make sure that you give
priority in time and resources to evangelism.
The goal for this book is to accelerate your church’s evangelism
efforts by helping you identify and develop a clear disciple-making
process with evangelism as its core.
You will be urged to develop a symbol that embodies your process.
This symbol will help you communicate your church’s disciple-
making vision, add structure to your efforts and evaluate your
successes and challenges.
Ultimately, this book seeks to help you connect the dots between
your many valuable church efforts and your primary responsibility
of making disciples in fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Ready to press the gas pedal?
We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
–Colossians 1:28 (NIV84)
Colossians 1:28 is a wonderful goal for pastors and church leaders,
but how are you doing? More specifically:
arE you making disciplEs? It is a given that your desire as pastor
is to fulfill the Great Commission. That is the purpose of the
Church, the core of your calling into ministry. However, when was
the last time you asked yourself the question, “Am I making
disciples? Am I leading my church to make disciples?”
How do you know? There are anecdotal stories that you can tell of a
few individuals who have made significant steps in maturity with
Christ. But across the life of your congregation, how do you really
know if you are actually fulfilling the Great Commission?
HavE you dEfinEd wHat a disciplE looks likE? In order to be able to
measure something you need to be able to define it. Once defined, a
disciple can be measured, evaluated and corrected.
do you HavE a disciplE-making procEss in placE? The church body can
likewise be measured, evaluated and corrected through a
disciple-making process. A spiritual process can be developed that
identifies the key benchmarks of a healthy, growing follower of
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3 factors PeoPle Invest Enlist Empower CAlendAr Prioritize
Synchronize Schedule BudGet Dollars Stewardship
1 focus Commitment of PAstor
6 functions PrAYer eVAnGelism disCiPleshiP WorshiP ministrY
mY316 ChurCh eVAnGelism ACCelerAtor
To accelerate your church evangelism process, consider MY316. Just
as MY316 evangelism resources use John 3:16 as a Biblical basis and
a system (3 people to pray for, 1 thing you will do – share your
story, 6 ways you will serve them), so MY316 Church Evangelism
Accelerator employs 316 as a system:
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3 3 fACtors // People Calendar Budget
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inVest motivEs Have you ever sat down prayerfully and allowed the
Holy Spirit to discern your motives for reaching people and adding
members to your congregation? A common sign on church buses says,
“Come grow with us.” What does that mean? Why would someone want to
attend your church to help your church become bigger?
Try to keep this practical and do not over-spiritualize this point.
Yes, you are to gather people together to glorify God. Yet on
another level you are to be “admonishing and teaching everyone with
all wisdom, so that [you] may present everyone perfect in Christ”
(Colossians 1:28 NIV84). It is easier and wiser to invest in the
lives of people than to invest into the life of an
mEtHods There was a time when your community was homogeneous and
resources were limited. It was good stewardship to use one proven
method to reach everyone. Today, your community is diverse and
though you may not have all the resources you want, you have more
resources and access to more resources than in the past.
Today, it makes sense to use different methods for different folks.
The message stays the same, but the methods are personalized for
structurE One thing you and your congregation do not have as much
is time. Yes, there are still twenty-four hours in a day and seven
days in a week. But the time demands on families are greater today.
Along the same line as methods, do you have one time that fits
In the exercises that follow, you will be given the opportunity to
lead your congregation to prioritize the church’s activities. Pay
attention to activities that are a duplication of the
disciple-making process you develop. You will need to answer the
questions, “Is it wise to expect people to participate in two or
three worship services that are very similar?” “If people are
expected to attend multiple meetings at the church building, when
will they have time to minister out in the community?”
The goal here is to streamline the physical structure (schedule) of
your congregation to encourage people to move through the disciple-
making process with steps that are what Andy Stanley calls easy,
strategic and obvious.
rEsourcE: • Seven Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy
• Elmer Towns – 435-592-3338, elmertowns.com/spiritual_gifts_test •
Gary Smalley – 800-848-6329,
smalley.cc/images/Personality-Test1.pdf • Ministry Insights –
individual assEssmEnt Assessment is where the church affirms what
individuals have found about themselves in the spiritual gift
discovery step. This is a key step to bring objectivity to what can
be a subjective exercise. Prayer and discernment by spiritually
mature Christians can play an important role for an individual in
discovering God’s will for service.
pErsonal invitation The influence of the pastor from the pulpit is
significant. But when it comes to enlisting people, there is no
substitute for a one-on-one personal invitation. When prayer to
“ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into
his harvest field” (Matthew 9:38 NIV84) has been claimed and church
members know their spiritual gifts and talents, then they are ready
to volunteer for significant ministry responsibilities.
Andy Anderson, who was a Sunday school expert and who developed the
Growth Spiral, noted that churches often “enlist [their] problems.”
Have you ever approached someone with the fearful plea of “You are
my last hope. Anyone can do this job. Would you please help me
out?” Don’t you believe God can honor words of faith, such as: “I
have given this much prayer. After considering your spiritual gifts
and talents, I believe you are the person for this significant
ministry. Would you please give this matter some prayer and let me
know next week what you believe the Lord would have you do? Also,
the church will provide you with the training needed for this
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the
workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send
out workers into his harvest field.”
–Matthew 9:37–38 (NIV84)
As the spiritual leader in God’s local church, you have to decide
if you really believe that God is in charge and if He is faithful
to fulfill His promises. Specific, personal prayer for workers is
key to the local church fulfilling the Great Commission.
Remember, God has no commitment to provide workers for your
kingdom, but for His own kingdom and for His own reputation, He is
spiritual gift discovEry There are several surveys available that
cover spiritual gifts, talents and temperaments. When used in a
process of assessment through the local church, these surveys can
be effective in highlighting areas of interest and fruitfulness in
ministry. These surveys are not the final word themselves, but help
give direction to God’s design for each individual believer.
Below are several helpful surveys: • LifeWay – 800-458-2772,
lwcF_MYCS_030526_Spiritual_Gifts_Survey.pdf • Church Growth
Institute – 800-553-4769,
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emPoWer With VArious eVAnGelism stYles
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives
them to each one, just as he determines.
–1 Corinthians 12:11 (NIV84)
From my experience, only a small portion of church members will
become involved in a confrontational, cold-turkey evangelism
approach. With your blessing, many more of your members can become
active soul-winners by recognizing, mobilizing and training for
various evangelism styles, such as outlined below.
pEtEr’s confrontational approacH This is the most common style used
in churches today. In this method, individuals directly confront
other individuals with the gospel truths. A well known example of
Peter’s approach can be seen in Matthew 16:16 where he declared
that Jesus was the Messiah.
paul’s intEllEctual approacH This is also a common style, but
normally regulated to scholarly debates. In this approach,
individuals appeal to another person’s intellect, stimulating his
or her interest in spiritual truths. A clear example of this
approach is seen in Paul’s discussion with the Athenians in Acts
Blind man’s tEstimonial approacH The testimonial approach, which
employs the sharing of one’s personal experiences, is a regular
element in the confrontational approach, but still deserves to be
identified separately. We can pick out many examples
spEcializEd training Specific, personal, exceptional training is
the missing ingredient to growing mature followers of Christ. The
desire to accomplish a task is essential, but applying yourself to
training is the step that will ensure the end result is
mEaningful ministry Nursery worker. Sunday school teacher. Usher.
If these are the first ministry positions you think of for your
church, then you are not challenging your people to serve Christ,
reach the world and make disciples. These positions are important,
but can’t you believe the creative God of this universe also has
many other ministries ready to be discovered to honor Him and touch
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prioritizE If you have unlimited building space, workers and time
then you can continue with business as usual. But if you are short
in any of these areas there is a need to prioritize. Prioritizing
means freeing your building space, workers and time for the key
steps in your church’s disciple-making process.
syncHronizE Do you find that multiple ministries want to use the
same rooms at the same time? Synchronizing considers the needs,
space and times so that you can optimize your resources. This
allows you to track what rooms are being used by specific
ministries at what times.
scHEdulE Once you have prioritized and synchronized, then you are
ready to schedule out current ministries and be ready for future
activities. This allows you to plan the best use of your facilities
and have a heads-up on future needs.
in the Bible of this approach, but one of the most famous is in
John 9. The blind man refused to engage in the intellectual
approach and simply stated, “I was blind and now I can see!”
mattHEw’s intErpErsonal approacH We remember each of the Bible
stories about Matthew, the tax collector, and yet it is easy to
forget them when we try to train others in evangelism. In Luke 5,
we see where Matthew held a banquet and invited all of his friends
(or at least the people that wanted to come) to hear the One that
he had decided to follow.
samaritan woman’s invitational approacH In John 4, you are familiar
with the unlikely Samaritan woman that invites her village out to
hear the One who told her everything she ever did.
This approach is used more than we think. The key is to highlight
it and integrate it into the special events and ministries held
throughout the year.
dorca’s sErvicE approacH In Acts 9:36, Dorca is identified as
“always doing good and helping the poor.” Although service is a
common gift among church members, it is not always connected
clearly to sharing the gospel. By teaching that service is a key
ingredient in sharing the gospel, you can empower servers and
better plan to use it in outreach activities.
rEsourcEs: • Becoming a Contagious Christian, Bill Hybels and Mark
Mittelberg • Building a Contagious Church, Mark Mittelberg • The
Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert E. Coleman
“Ask the lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into
his harvest field.” –matthew 9:37–38
rEsourcEs: • Great Commission Budgeting, Stewardship
Association – Bob Shelton, bshelton@ bgco.org, 405-942-3000, 4561 •
Practical Ideas (For a two year stewardship
promotion) – SDA – Bob Shelton • Building a Church Budget Bridge
Kingdom, SDA – Bob Shelton •
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dollars “Your checkbook is a key indicator of your spiritual
maturity and what you value.” How many times have you made a
statement like this in a stewardship sermon or Bible study?
Likewise, if an objective, outside observer looked at your church’s
budget, what would he or she identify as the church’s priority?
Would it be making disciples? Would it be evangelism?
Following the exercises described later in this manual, you will be
able to lead your church in identifying and/or building a
disciple-making process. The knowledge and enthusiasm for this
process will provide the atmosphere for shifting dollars to high
stEwardsHip Not only do you need to reprioritize money within the
church’s budget, you need to increase the budget to support the
outreach and discipleship ministries that the Lord will put on your
1 foCus // commitmEnt of pastor
do you BEliEvE god wants your cHurcH to makE disciplEs? This is a
difficult question to ask and to answer. How can any pastor not
believe that God wants his church to make disciples? Mentally, you
affirm this. But emotionally and physically, do you make choices
every day and follow through on them to faithfully train your
church members to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ and to
equip them to do the work of the ministry?
arE you willing to work to facilitatE tHat procEss? This is the
natural follow-up question to the one listed above. Do you catch
yourself coasting? Are you settling for second best in the effort
that you are giving God in your church and ministry setting?
rEsourcEs: • Breaking the 125 Barrier, Nelson Searcy;
the 250 Barrier, Nelson Searcy; and Breaking the 500 Barrier,
Nelson Searcy. churchleaderinsights.com
• Renovation of the Heart, Dallas Willard
“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all
wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.”
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Evangelism does not happen in a vacuum. Thus, the significance of
identifying or developing the disciple-making process is included
in this church evangelism accelerator. Just as significant, it is
important that evangelism has an identifiable step in the
disciple-making process. The celebration of conversion is baptism,
but there are steps leading up to the baptism and following
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I
am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
–Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV84)
Fulfilling the Great Commission is the purpose of every believer
and the local church. It is important to ensure that discipleship
does not become a tired cliché or an obvious assumption in the
church. Having a clear disciple-making process ensures that the
activities and resources of the church are following and supporting
the purpose of Jesus Christ’s bride.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in
–John 4:24 (NIV84)
Worship is the most identifiable function of the church. Again, it
is easy to say that many of the things the church does has to do
with worship. But
6 funCtions //
I identify six functions of the church. These can be seen as stages
in the disciple-making process.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the
peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
–Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV84)
Prayer is the lifeline of a personal relationship with Jesus
Christ. Like evangelism, it is easy to say that prayer is a given
in everything that a Christian and a church does. However, it
deserves to be put front and center in the functions of a church
and the personal life of a disciple of Christ.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of
–Matthew 4:19 (NIV84)
“…let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day
approaching.” –hebrews 9:24–25
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of the members while still acknowledging this is only one of the
aspects of church life.
rEsourcEs: • 360-Degree Preaching, Michael J. Quicke • Future
Worship, Lamar Boschman
specifically laying out activities that focus on this function
provides for effective and excellent worship of our God.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
–Mark 10:45 (NIV84)
Ministry is service. That is a simple concept, but enlisting,
training and mobilizing believers is a challenge. Giving thought to
each of these functions and picturing them in a process helps
prioritize the resources (workers, time, money, space and calendar)
of the church. This can make sure that the functions happen in a
natural sequence and that the church doesn’t become weighted too
much in one particular function.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and
good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the
habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more
as you see the Day approaching.
–Hebrews 9:24-25 (NIV84)
Fellowship is more than a potluck. Fellowship involves being in
community with one another where you genuinely take an interest in
the lives of others. Fellowship involves handling conflict in the
biblical manner of Matthew 18. Recognizing fellowship as a specific
function of the church allows leadership to develop meaningful
activities that invest in the lives
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development processes listed below and see if any resonate with
your heart and ministry situation.
LifeWay’s LifeSpan Spiritual Development primarily relates to
curriculum that addresses the stages of spiritual development. It
could be described as a spiritual taxonomy. Though more classroom
based, this system can easily be used to develop church ministries.
It accounts for all of the stages of development except
pre-conversion. This system is broken down in more detail that can
be found on LifeWay’s website.
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Through the next pages of this accelerator, consider these six
steps to developing a disciple-making process for your
1. Prayerfully ask the Lord’s leadership in this process. 2. Enlist
several church leaders to walk
through this process with you. 3. Consider the disciple-making
processes listed in this
guide (as well as others) and identify the key steps you want to
highlight. If you have trouble on this step, I would recommend
using the six functions mentioned.
4. Answer honestly the questions listed later in this guide about
your current process (or lack of one) and the process you would
like to see instead.
5. Complete the Disciple-Making Matrix with your church
6. Develop a symbol that represents your disciple- making process.
This is key for prioritizing, communicating and evaluating your
Think of the life of a person from birth to the grave. There are
physical, emotional and mental stages of development. The same is
true in the spiritual life. The writer of Hebrews (5:11–14)
challenged the believers that instead of growing into teachers they
were still spiritual infants. Below are several spiritual maturity
development charts to consider in developing your church’s
disciple-making process. Note the spiritual
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rick warrEn: tHE BasEBall diamond purposedrivenlife.com
Rick Warren’s baseball diamond is one of the most famous
disciple-making process symbols today. Though many know Saddleback
Church for its contemporary worship, its heart is a system of
encouraging members and prospects to identify where they are in
their spiritual journey and the next steps needed. The baseball
bases are well known, but the marks of a disciple are found as one
drills down at each base.
Jim putman: rEal lifE ministriEs Derivation from: Copyright © 2010
Jim Putman. All rights reserved. reallifeministries.com. Real-Life
Discipleship Training Manual / ISBN 978-1-61521-559-1
Real-Life Discipleship process begins with pre-conversion and
continues through spiritual maturity. It uses family relational
figures (infant, children, young adult and parent) but only for
description. It uses four tracks of descriptions (from the inner
circle to the outer) that are helpful in understanding the
S mall G
god’s role witness’s role man’s response
-10 ______________________________* Listen -9
Dialogue -8 Awareness of a supreme being but no knowledge of the
Witness -7 Initial awareness of the gospel
Speak -6 Awareness of the fundamentals of the gospel
Evangelize -5 Grasp of the implications of the gospel
Proclaim -4 Positive attitude toward the gospel
Teach -3 Personal problem recognition
-2 Decision to act Persuade -1 Repentance and faith in Christ
Regeneration Celebration New Creation in Christ
+1 Post-decision evaluation Follow-up +2 Incorporation into the
body Cultivation +3 Conceptual and behavioral growth Nurture +4
Communion with God
+5 Reproduction of ministry: internally, within the body using
spiritual gifts; externally, to the world as witness and
EngEl’s scalE of lostnEss Adapted from James F. Engel and Wilbert
Norton, What’s Gone Wrong With the Harvest? (Grand Rapids: The
Zondervan Corporation, 1975), p. 45
By its title, you can see that Engle’s Scale is not a system.
However, it gives another way of seeing the progression that most
people make in coming to know Jesus Christ and then growing in
maturity with Him. As you think of these steps, can you classify
any of them into larger steps that can form the basis for your
church’s disciple-making process?
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The Bible says that there is nothing new under the sun. MasterLife
has been around for a long time and the principles it communicates
and teaches have been around even longer. MasterBuilder, like Real
Life Discipleship above, gives you several layers of description
for the development of a disciple.
1 1 Cor 1:18 1 Cor 3:1-3 1 Cor 3:5–6 1 Cor 4:1 1 Cor 3:7–9 1 Cor
2:1–5 1 Cor 3:10–16 1 Cor 4:6–17
5c’s of missional groups bgco.org/5cs
Bob Mayfield, BGCO Sunday School and Adult Specialist, has
developed the 5C’s of Missional Groups. Though small group focused,
Bob’s C’s identify steps for a follower of Christ to take that lead
to transformational change. Note the individual symbols that
support each of the components. These symbols help communicate each
component and can be used as map keys in the bulletin, website and
newsletter to highlight the purpose of ministries and
Note the stages of spiritual development that are identified in
these disciple-making processes. Some of the stages even identify
characteristics or behaviors for that particular step.
Questions to Guide the deVeloPment of A disCiPle-mAkinG
Though each church’s mission is the same (Great Commission), each
church has a different culture. Consider the following questions
when crafting your unique strategy:
• How would you explain the big picture of disciple- making through
your church as it is now?
• How do you and your church leaders define a “disciple”?
“Disciple-making or discipleship”?
• If a new guest walked into your door, what is that person’s first
step to start the process of disciple-making? What is the purpose
of this step? What is the desired outcome for that step?
• What steps should be taken before that person walks into your
door? • How easy is it for that person to understand that
first step? How will he or she know about it? • What is the next
step for that new guest? What is the
purpose of this step? What is the desired outcome? How does he or
she know what this step is?
• Additional questions for each step: How would you title each
step? How do you symbolize each step? What does the title/ symbol
say about what is expected? What person or group leads each step?
What is God’s role in each step?
Each of the previous symbols and systems are presented so that you
can see how the disciple-making process can be seen from different
perspectives. Hopefully, one of these will be used by the Holy
Spirit to give you wisdom and discernment as you lead your
congregation in development of your own clear disciple-making
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eVAluAte Your Current ministries: disCiPle- mAkinG ProCess
The Disciple-Making Process Matrix (see a sample matrix and a blank
matrix on the next pages) is another tool to test the balance of
your church’s ministry. In this exercise you gather your church’s
leadership to prayerfully consider evaluating how well you are
This matrix can be printed out for individuals, but it works best
if completed on a whiteboard or chalkboard so that everyone can
view it together.
Across the top list the four, five or six basic catagories of your
disciple- making process. There are six functions already suggested
on this matrix. Then place your church activities down the
left-hand side. This can be filled out in advance, but it is good
to involve your leaders by asking them to suggest activities to be
placed in this column.
Place a number from 1–5 with 5 being the highest under each church
function that is accomplished by the activity. Note the totals of
each column. Do you see any patterns? Where is the focus of your
church’s activities? Is there balance in your disciple-making
An additional step you can take is to identify if the focus of each
ministry activity is inward or outward. To do this, write “inward”
or “outward” in the appropriate column on the right-hand
There should be lively discussion during this exercise. Under the
leadership of the Holy Spirit, eyes will open to the aspirational
values of the church verses the actual values.
• In your structure, how many steps do you envision are necessary
for the new person to complete the process? How do you know when it
is time for a new step? How do you know when the process is
• Can any of these steps be combined into groups for a common
• As you lay out each step, what do you see missing?
You can use a table similar to this one to guide the development of
your disciple-making process:
step title/ symbol purpose
rEsourcEs: • Advanced Strategic Planning, Aubrey Malphurs • Total
Church Life, Darrell Robinson • The Purpose Driven Church, Rick
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Disciple-Making Process Matrix
Adapted by Tom Belew from Aubrey Malphurs, Advanced Strategic
Disciple-Making Process Matrix (sample)
Audio Visual 5 Inward AWANA 4 5 Outward Baptism 5 Outward
Benevolent Fund 4 Inward Budget/Finance 3 2 Inward Building &
Grounds 3 2 Inward Children’s Church 5 Inward Celebrate Recovery 3
4 Outward Deacons 2 5 2 Inward Family Ministry 4 4 Inward Language
Ministry 5 4 3 Outward Kitchen/Hostess 4 2 Inward
Library/Historical 4 Inward Men’s Ministry 3 4 3 Inward Missions 3
4 Outward Nominating 3 Inward Nursery 4 Inward Personnel Committee
2 4 2 Inward Praise Team 3 5 Inward Prayer Ministry 5 3 4 Inward
Senior Adults 3 5 Inward Sunday School 4 5 Inward Trustees 4 Inward
Ushers 4 3 Inward Visitation/Outreach 2 5 Outward Women’s Ministry
5 3 Inward Worship Service 3 5 Inward Youth 3 5 Inward
totals 17 31 32 33 61 21 22 in 6 out
Adapted by Tom Belew from Aubrey Malphurs, Advanced Strategic
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c o n n e c t
c o n t r i b u t e
deVeloP A disCiPle- mAkinG ProCess sYmBol
Once you have identified the basic steps in your disciple-making
process you will want to create a symbol that represents it. A
symbol helps communicate the process to your congregation, plan
activities so that you have movement and evaluate the fruitfulness
Below are four samples to help prime the pump of your creative
juices. You could use one of these, but how about trying to develop
Questions to answer in developing your symbol: • How many steps do
you need to identify in the symbol?
Remember that some steps may be grouped together. • Are you already
using a symbol that would work? • Are there any natural symbols
that your church
and community already identify with? • Is the symbol being
considered as simple as possible? • Will this symbol print clearly
in black and white as well as color?
Remember, this is not the logo of the church. If it develops into
your logo, that is a bonus. But do not force it.
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VitAl BehAViors for eVAnGelism
Now that you feel that you have additional work to do, let’s talk
about reducing the load.
If you are like most pastors you do not have enough time to do all
the ministry activities for which you feel responsible.
My wife uses a phrase called “selective neglect.” Some call it the
80/20 rule or Pareto’s principle. Basically, the application of
Pareto’s principle says that you receive 80 percent of your result
from 20 percent of your activity. Along the same line of thought,
in the book, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, the authors
identify behaviors and not goals as the focus of change. Vital
behaviors are identified as the relatively few actions you can take
to achieve the result you desire.
I have identified my own vital behaviors for soul-winning. There
could be ten things on this list, but I have written down the three
simple behaviors that I do to ensure that I will share Jesus Christ
with other people.
My evangelistic vital behaviors: • Read God’s word daily • Pray
specifically for lost people • Write out my personal
After some prayerful thought, below is a list of what I believe
could be the evangelistic vital behaviors for most pastors:
• Read God’s word daily • Pray specifically for lost people
Full-time Followers of Christ
Tithing Lay Leadership
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Again, take some time to pray and identify the three or four
behaviors/ actions that you can do corporately that would ensure
your people’s hearts would be warmed to sharing the hope of Jesus
Christ with the people in your ministry field.
Congregation’s evangelistic vital behaviors:
(Vital Behaviors), Kerry Patterson et al. • Transformational
• Preach evangelistic messages regularly. Messages that are gospel
centered and that call for a response
• Take people with you witnessing
Take some time to pray and identify the three or four
behaviors/actions that you can do that would ensure your heart
would be warmed to sharing the hope of Jesus Christ with the people
in your ministry field.
Your evangelistic vital behaviors:
Continuing that thought, below is a sample list of evangelistic
vital behaviors for a church:
• Pastor emphasizes evangelism • Exciting, dynamic worship services
• Regular evangelistic appeal in services • Regular, organized
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mY316 ChurCh eVAnGelism PlAnninG CAlendAr
Below is a sample, three-year evangelism calendar. Prayerfully look
over this and then use the additional clean copy to dream and
prepare your church’s evangelism activities for the next three
Be careful to follow the logical sequence of enlistment, training,
activity and follow-up for each emphasis you plan. Also, keep in
mind the importance of focusing on different age groups and
priorities over the three-year period. This is the benefit of
looking at three years worth of activity. You can see the big
picture and adjust accordingly.
You might want to hand draw this on poster board or butcher paper
and hang it up on a wall for all to see. Visibility is a good way
to communicate it to others and to have built in accountability.
You could say, “In sight, in mind.”
BAPtism GoAl serViCe
Setting goals is still an effective tool for disciple-making,
especially if you can involve the church members who are key to
carrying out the actions that will reach these goals.
Planning a Baptism Goal Service is one way to involve the whole
congregation in setting a church baptism goal. Below are steps to
developing such a service.
1. Pray for spiritual renewal and burden for the lost. 2. Set time
and date for Sunday evening service. 3. Ask class/group/ministry
leaders to lead his or her people
to set a baptism goal along with activities to support it. 4.
Prepare testimonies, music, videos and
message that focus on evangelism. 5. Call leaders two weeks and
week out to ensure goals are set. 6. Set up board to record baptism
goals. 7. Ask leaders to come to the front and present his or
her baptism goals and supportive activities. 8. Record the baptism
goals on the board. 9. Celebrate the total. 10. End with commitment
rEsourcEs: • BaptismCelebration.org – Information on how you
make baptism services an evangelistic event • MY316 Baptism
Certificates and Self-mailing
postcard invitations. bgco.org/MY316
Jan feb mar apr may Jun Jul–aug sep oct nov dec
eVAnGelistiC Best PrACtiCes
If you occasionally find yourself empty of ideas, consider the
following list. • No matter how much you believe your
church prays, intensify your efforts. • Door-to-door distribution
of gift (Bible, gospel DVD, food/
baked items, free meal at mid-week church dinner) along with an
invitation to a specific church activity/service.
• Video members’ testimonies and post them on MY316.com. • Weekly
testimony, announcement or video in the worship
service of how someone is doing evangelism. • Have baptism
candidates share their testimony during baptism
and highlight individuals that played a part in their salvation. •
Use MY316 prayer cards to enlist your congregation
to pray for three lost friends or family members. • Connect prayer
for the lost with answers to prayer. • At least two times a year
present the gospel to children and youth. • Provide quarterly
evangelism training that
touches on various evangelism styles. • Start an evangelistic club
on your junior or senior high campuses. • Take someone with you to
be encouraged and equipped at the State
Evangelism Conference and the Youth Evangelism Conference. •
Present the plan of salvation during Vacation Bible School
and follow through with each child that makes a decision. • Take
someone with you on a soul-winning visit. • Develop your skill at
giving an evangelistic invitation. • Pray for the lost in your
community by name.
rEsourcEs: • GPS PLAN-IT – Online evangelism planner developed
the North American Mission Board. gpsplan-it.com
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• Use computer software as simple as Microsoft Excel or Access or
purchase a church management program to track members and
• Contact BGCO to operate under its license with the Mapping Center
for Evangelism to map your members, prospects and homes you have
touched with ministry.
• Ask your people to fill out information cards on friends, family
and neighbors where they are not sure of their salvation.
• Lead a new members’ class that covers salvation, church
membership and the church’s disciple-making process.
rEsourcE: • The Effective Invitation, R. Alan Streett
• Print a “Why Be Baptized” brochure with testimonies and
• Use pre-printed MY316 invitations for the baptism candidates to
use in inviting lost friends and relatives to a service and to
witness their baptism.
• Have a photographer there to capture the moment and include a
picture of their baptism along with their certificate of
• Deliver MY316 baptism certificate to the home after the baptism
as one more personal touch in the follow-up process.
• Have people share their baptism story on Sunday morning during
the worship service.
• Enlist a prayer coordinator. • Ensure that your Wednesday night
prayer meeting is at least 50%
outward focused on praying for the lost and your community. • Take
your people out prayerwalking to local schools, new
neighborhoods, high crime areas and other key community areas. •
Find newcomers in your community through the Chamber of
Commerce or purchase a list from LifeWay. Prepare a small bag with
a homemade snack or chips and salsa along with information from
your church to deliver to their home.
• Preach on soul-winning every month. • Develop charts of your
church’s attendance and baptisms
over a ten to twenty year period. Use the increases to reinforce
evangelism and the decreases to challenge for more
• Call the evangelism office at your state Baptist convention for
up-to-date demographics of your community.
• Conduct a community survey to discover if you really know your
neighbors and their needs.
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GettinG it done timeline
Implementation is the weak link in any vision, plan or good
intention. This Getting It Done Timeline is provided as a tool for
you to build accountability into the disciple-making plans on your
heart right now.
It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.
–Ecclesiastes 5:5 (NIV84)
Within the next 24 hours I will:
Within the next year I will:
by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
mY316 eVAnGelism resourCes
my316 in onE sEntEncE “MY316 helps you use what you already know,
your story and John 3:16, to share Jesus Christ with your friends
purposE of my316 To engage every Oklahoma Baptist in praying for
the lost, serving them and sharing with them the gospel of Jesus
wHat is my316? MY316 is an effort to involve each church member in
gospel work which is both intentional and missional. The strategy
involves three activities that each person is asked to do: pray for
the lost, share with the lost, and serve the lost with Christ’s
The gospel presentation is based on personal testimony and John
3:16, a Scripture which is known by virtually everyone in Oklahoma.
Three of five Oklahomans can quote the verse and 95% are familiar
with it. It is the first verse children learn, sitting on their
father’s lap or at their momma’s knee. A survey of 2,400 young
people conducted at Falls Creek youth camp asked the question, “If
you were going to share Christ with a friend, how would you do it?”
The number one answer was that they would share their testimony and
the number two answer was John 3:16. MY316 combines both testimony
and John 3:16 in manner which is simple, transferable, while
effectively sharing Jesus with others.
One of the greatest hurdles to witnessing is overcoming fear. Many
lack confidence in their ability to share. Even the Apostle Paul
asked believers to pray that he would be bold in sharing Christ
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MY316 is designed to help embolden believers by giving them a way
to share Christ and serve others through Christ’s love.
It addition to developing and teaching a gospel presentation using
John 3:16 and testimony, we will ask each person to write the names
of 3 people on a card whom they believe are lost, and pray daily
for their salvation. Second, we ask that they will show Christ’s
love to them by serving them. Third, we ask that they share the
gospel with them.
my316 talking points 1. Simple, Simple, Simple – Gospel
presentation uses what most
people already know, their story and John 3:16. They are asked to
pray for and serve people that they already know.
2. Fully resourced with materials funded by State Missions Offering
and Cooperative Program – Sunday school curriculum, sermon
outlines, gospel tracts (including an iPhone app), new believer’s
book, MY316.com interactive website.
3. Customizable – designed for use in Sunday school and worship so
as to reach all church attendees, but can be used any way the
church chooses, with any age person.
my316 rEsourcEs Resources available now include the interactive
website MY316.com, which is a social networking evangelism site,
similar to Facebook, employing the use of video testimonies. MY316
gospel tracts have been developed in English and Spanish, as have
prayer cards. An iPhone MY316 application is available, which is a
gospel presentation downloaded to your phone. A new believer’s book
has been produced, which teaches MY316 to each new believer in the
first lesson, followed by other basic Bible teachings. A Spanish
version of the new believer’s book is also available.
an EncouragEmEnt to pastors and lEadErs MY316 provides you with a
way to ensure that every person in the church knows how to talk to
others about Jesus. Using Sunday school and worship to accomplish
this makes this goal attainable. Moreover, church members will be
led to pray for the lost and show them Jesus’ love through service.
You will help every person who attends your church to take
personally the command of Christ to share the gospel with every
person (Mark 16:15).
using my316 in your cHurcH Materials are available to have a
church-wide MY316 emphasis of prayer, share and serve. Choose any
five-week period for focusing your Sunday school and worship time
on evangelism. Materials include five age-graded lessons, children
through adults, sermon outlines and a new believer’s book. The
suggested focus week-by-week is:
• Introduction to MY316 resources • Sharing Jesus using MY316 •
Praying for the lost • Serving the lost • Bringing it all
tEacHing tHE my316 gospEl prEsEntation A great theologian was once
asked the question, “What is the greatest thought you have ever
had?” His answer came from a song he learned as a little child:
“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
Truly this is a great truth! God loves me. And God loves you. This
is a truth that followers of Jesus Christ in all ages have come to
know. It is found in many places in the Bible, but the best known
verse is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave his
only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life.”
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This means that God loves all the people of the world. It is also
means that we best know God’s love for us because He gave His Son
Jesus to live on this earth in perfect obedience to God the Father.
Then Jesus died on the Cross for our sin. He was buried and on the
third day He rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and one
day, very soon, Jesus will return this earth. This will mark the
end of history as we know it and the beginning of life lived in
God wants you to know for certain that you have eternal life. The
Bible assures us that we can know God and have eternal life. John
3:16 tells us that:
1. God loves each of us. He loves every person in the world. 2. God
gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to live for us and
die for our sins on the Cross (see also Romans 5:8). 3. We must
believe in Jesus in order to have eternal life.
The word “believe” means that we must commit our life to Him and
follow Him as our Lord and our God.
4. Believing in Jesus means we will not “perish,” meaning we won’t
spend all of our life and all eternity separated from the presence
of God in hell.
5. When we turn our life over to Jesus by believing in Him, He
gives us “everlasting life.” Everlasting life begins the moment you
believe in Jesus and begin to follow Him, and it continues into
my story witH JEsus It will be very helpful to you to write a brief
description of what Jesus means to you. This is your story of
following Jesus and it’s one that you need to share with others. A
simple outline for writing your story is:
1. My life before I believed in Jesus (How did you feel? Afraid?
Hopeless? Lack of peace? Lack of purpose? etc.)
2. How I became a follower of Jesus (Did someone tell you about
Jesus? Was there a particular Scripture verse that helped you come
to follow Jesus?)
3. My life now that I believe in Jesus and follow Him (I have
purpose, peace, assurance of knowing God, freedom from fear,
god’s story using JoHn 3:16 Now that you have briefly written your
story, let’s follow that with God story from John 3:16. In your own
words, write a few sentences describing what John 3:16 says and
means. You can use the explanation provided above to help
my316, it’s your story and god’s story When you combine Your Story
of knowing Jesus with God’s Story in John 3:16, you have a message
that you can share with others who need to know Jesus. Below is an
example of how this might look.
ExamplE prEsEntation of a my316 story There was a time when I had
no peace in my life. In fact, if I thought about life very much I
would feel afraid. I feared what death would mean. The only thing I
knew is that death would forever separate me from my family, from
all those I love. And honestly, I didn’t see a whole lot of hope in
Then I was introduced to a person who changed my life. I’d heard of
Jesus before, but I didn’t know him. And I didn’t realize how much
he loved me and that all he did he did for me. I came to believe in
Jesus and I gave my life to Him.
Jesus took away my fear that death would separate me from God and
everybody I love. He actually gave real purpose to my life.
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Jesus said something that has come to mean a lot to me. He said,
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting
life.” Jesus is talking about himself. Jesus is God’s Son who was
sent to me and you because God loves all people in the world. The
Bible says that if we will believe in Jesus we will have eternal
life. To believe in Jesus means to believe He loves you. To believe
in Jesus means you believe He died on the Cross for your sin of not
obeying God. To believe in Jesus also means you believe that He was
raised from the dead to live forever as our Savior and Lord. To
believe in Jesus means to turn away from our sin of living life
without Jesus, and trust Jesus to save us from our sin.
What do you think when you hear John 3:16? Would you like to
believe in Jesus and turned your life over to Him? If you would
like to know Jesus right now, you can pray and ask him to come into
your life, cleanse you of your sin, and save your soul. Pray this
prayer with me:
“Dear heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. Please forgive me
for living my life without believing in Jesus and obeying you.
Jesus, I believe in you. I believe you died on the Cross for my
sin. I believe you were raised from the dead. Come into my life,
forgive me of my sin, and save my soul. Thank you for saving me.
committing your my316 story to mEmory In order to make your MY316
Story something that you can easily share, you must commit it to
memory. By memory, this does not mean that it becomes firmly
planted in your mind, but also that it takes deep root in your
Read your MY316 Story ten times, out loud, or until you have
committed it to memory. This step is vital to your ability to tell
others what Jesus means to you, in a natural way, while also
helping them to understand that God loves them too.
pEoplE i know witH wHom i want to sHarE my316 You are ready to tell
others your story and God’s story, using John 3:16. Write the names
of everyone you know who isn’t following Jesus. These can be
family, friends, and acquaintances. In some cases, you simply may
not know whether they know Jesus or not. Pray for them that they
will come to know Jesus.
Which three will you share Your Story and God’s Story (John 3:16)
with this week?
suggEstEd mission sErvicE proJEcts Before a person commits to Jesus
he often experiences a conversion regarding his relationship with
Jesus’ followers. When the lost see godly love from a follower of
Jesus, they are often more receptive to the gospel. Service
projects are a wonderful way to show our love for another person.
Perhaps the following list of service projects will stir an idea in
your heart as to how you can serve a lost person that you
Ministry Ideas for Churches and Individuals: • Replace burned out
light bulbs • Take your pets to nursing homes • Make sandwiches for
people • Offer babysitting services • Prepare welcome baskets for
new neighbors • Rake or blow leaves for someone in your
neighborhood • Mow lawns for the elderly or single mother • Take
someone to church who cannot or can no longer drive • Cook for
those in need • Adopt a senior adult • After school tutoring for
at-risk kids • Help someone move
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• Make homemade cookies and take to your neighbors along with a
Christmas card explaining the reason for Christmas
• Beautify someone’s flower bed – or maybe do a front yard makeover
• Read to someone no longer able to read • Take people to the
doctor and/or hospital • Serve at a children’s hospital—serving the
parents • Find ways to serve teachers in your local school district
• Find ways to serve a school in your area with no strings attached
• Serve public servants like fire fighters and police officers •
Have your church do a car clinic for single moms • Spend time with
unchurched families in your sphere of influence • Serve a military
family while their soldier is away • Serve an international student
or family – invite them to dinner • Welcome internationals into
your home during the holidays • Help an elderly or handicapped
person grocery shop • Clean out unwanted or unused items from your
home and hold a
garage sale. Call a few of your neighbors and see if they would
like to go in together for one large sale or organize a
neighborhood event. Use the money to help a needy family or worthy
• Clean or repair a neighborhood park as a gift to the community •
Serve alongside an existing ministry to help them accomplish
their purpose: feed and clothe the poor, help with Crisis Pregnancy
Centers, partner with those working to end human trafficking,
provide fresh water, fix up homes etc.
• Mentor an unchurched young adult or young adult couple in your
neighborhood. Help them learn how to fix things around the house,
make meals, raise kids… live life with them
• Help with sports or music based programs for kids in your
• Take 9-volt batteries to people in your neighborhood once a year
for their smoke detector
• Have a “snow shovel” crew ready to help out on those occasional
blizzards clearing paths from front doors to mailboxes or cleaning
driveways for those who can’t do it
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my316 MY316 helps you use what you already know, your story and
John 3:16, to share Jesus Christ with your friends and family.
MY316 is an effort to involve each church member in gospel work
which is both intentional and missional. The strategy involves
three activities that each person is asked to do: pray for the
lost, share with the lost, and serve the lost with Christ’s love.
MY316 materials include a gospel tract for adults and children,
prayer card, training brochure, age-graded Sunday school lessons,
and a new believer’s book. The material is in English and Spanish.
To order materials visit bgco.org/MY316 or call 405-942-3000, ext.
unlaBElEd This book is designed to be short enough to read in one
sitting, and in-depth enough to give a realistic picture of young
adult culture and worldview. It’s a great starting point for
learning about the unique challenges the emerging generation
provides and ways to effectively use that information. To order
this book call the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma at
405-942-3000, ext. 4325.
rElay This is a relational evangelism course composed of six
sessions designed for use in a small group setting. This course
does not teach a particular gospel presentation like The CROSS, The
Net, FAITH, Roman road, and others. This course is about helping
you better share the gospel you already know in a more effective
way through your relationships. For more
information about this witnessing tool, call 770-410-6000 or visit
namb.net. To order materials, call Customer Service center at
866-407-NAMB (6262) or visit namb.net/catalog.
faitH This is an evangelism strategy that is designed to work with
your Sunday School. FAITH will teach your members through a
sixteen-week training program how to make outreach visits, ministry
visits, and teach them how to share the gospel using a simple
acrostic. Training materials come with everything you need to train
your members in evangelism including the student and leaders
manuals, video, and PowerPoint. For more details and upcoming
clinic information call 877-324-8498 or visit
EvangElism Explosion intErnational This is a comprehensive personal
evangelism strategy that will equip your people in 13 weeks to
share their faith and handle any objections to the gospel.
Developed by Dr. D. James Kennedy in Coral Ridge, Florida, it is a
proven tool for witness training. Evangelism Explosion is currently
ministering in every nation and territory of the world and is
available in multiple languages. For upcoming clinic information
call 888-567-3543 or visit eeinternational.org/.
pEoplE sHaring JEsus This twelve-session evangelism study offers
five different ways to share the gospel. It was developed by
Darrell Robinson, former Vice President of the Home Mission Board,
and published by Thomas Nelson. The video vignettes are humorous
and a great teaching aid. For more information contact Darrell
Robinson at 281-651-4524 or visit totalchurchlife.net/.
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sHarE JEsus witHout fEar The reason most people do not share their
faith is fear according to Bill Fay, author of Share Jesus Without
Fear. This approach was developed out of Fay’s personal experience.
He has personally shared his faith over 10,000 times. This approach
is very conversational and requires little memorization since it
uses a marked New Testament. Bill Fay teaches the three-session
course on video, which is included in the kit. For more information
contact LifeWay Christian Resources at 800-448-8032 or visit
god’s spEcial plan for cHildrEn This kit is designed to train
children’s workers and parents how to share Christ with children.
Developed by the North American Mission Board the kit includes a
video, training manual, a tract, and card set. For more information
about this witnessing tool, call 770-410-6000 or visit namb.net. To
order materials, call Customer Service center at 866-407-NAMB
(6262) or visit namb.net/catalog.
BEcoming a contagious cHristian This 8-session study was developed
by Mark Mittelberg, Lee Strobel, and Bill Hybels. It teaches six
different styles of evangelism and will help you maximize your
witness according to your personality. Training kit includes
humorous and practical video vignettes, leader guide, and student
books. For more information go to the Willow Creek Association web
site: willowcreek.com/resources/ or call 800-570-9812.
got lifE? This 8-session study was developed by Ken Hemphill and
Frank Harber. This study combines a conversational Gospel
presentation with a powerful apologetic. The presentation and
apologetic are built around two
simple acrostics that anyone can learn. Training kit includes:
tracts, CD with multimedia presentation and helps, and training
manuals. For more information go to the Got Life? web site at
gotlife.org/main.php3 or call 866-GOT-LIFE (468-5433).
tHE nEt The North American Mission Board developed this 8-session
study. This is a testimony based personal evangelism strategy. Your
church members will learn how to insert the gospel into their
testimony and share the good news in a natural way. The NET relies
upon the use of mentor training. The Kit comes with everything you
need to launch this strategy in your church. For more information
about this witnessing tool, call 770-410-6000 or visit namb.net. To
order materials, call Customer Service center at 866-407-NAMB
(6262) or visit namb.net/catalog.
outrEacH • G.R.O.W. - Outreach Teams That Win by LifeWay,
800-448-8032. Maximize your outreach by using teams and helping
members make a once a month commitment to reach out to your
community by sending cards, making phone calls, praying, and going
out into the neighborhood.
prayEr • Praying Your Friends to Christ by NAMB, 866-407-namB
Use this pamphlet to guide your members through the Scriptures to
pray for lost people and how to pray for them.
• Taking Prayer to the Streets by NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262). This
kit includes a leader guide, prayer journey pocket guide, listening
sheets, overhead cells, and CD (power point, clip art, post card
sample, and follow up post card sample).
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• Lighthouse of Prayer by NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262). This kit
provides everything you need to recruit, challenge, and equip
believers to make their homes Lighthouses of prayer. The kit
includes a video, brochures, tracts, and simple explanation
follow-up • The Pursuit by Baptist General Convention of
405-942-3000, ext. 4313. This CD contains 30 daily devotionals,
four mentor guides, one copy of the Bible, one video about baptism
and one page of links.
• Operation Multiplication by International Evangelism Association,
Billy Hanks, 800-880-1350. This one-on-one mentoring process will
help you develop committed disciples for Jesus that will reproduce
themselves.“Call to Joy” 7 Session, Entry Level, New Member
Assimilation Process. “Call to Growth” 11 Session, Intermediate
Level, New Member Assimilation Process.
• Let the Celebration Begin by NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262). This
pamphlet is follow-up piece designed to help a new believer on the
first day of their new life in Christ.
• Let the Celebration Continue by NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262). This
follow-up booklet is designed for a new believer to use during the
first week of their new life in Christ.
• Life Change Booklet by Student Discipleship Ministries, Billy
Beacham, 800-880-8736, gosdm.org. This is a decision counseling and
follow up book designed for youth. It includes a month’s worth of
daily quiet time lessons for students.
dEcision counsEling • Personal Commitment Guide revised by
866-407-namB (6262). This simple fold out brochure is great for
decision counseling. It includes a conversational guide on the 6 of
the most common decisions made in Baptist churches with a tear off
decision card. To train counselors with this guide use the Decision
Time: Commitment Counseling Training Guide.
• Decision Time: Commitment Counseling Training Guide revised by
LifeWay, 800-448-8032. This book is designed to help prepare your
church for decision counseling. It will help train counselors how
to use the Personal Commitment Guide, set up rooms, and spiritually
• Life Change Booklet by Student Discipleship Ministries, Billy
Beacham, 800-880-8736, gosdm.org. This is a decision counseling and
follow up book designed for youth. It includes a month’s worth of
daily quiet time lessons for students.
• The World’s Greatest Adventure by NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262). This
booklet is to be used with children that are ready to make a
profession of faith in Christ.
rEvival prEparation • Prayer for Revival and Spiritual Awakening by
& NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262). This seven-session kit reviews
great revivals of the past and prepares a church to pray for
revival and spiritual awakening. Kit includes overhead cells,
video, instructor manual, and student workbook.
• Fresh Encounter by Henry Blackaby & LifeWay, 800-448-8032.
This kit provides everything needed to prepare to leaders for
church renewal including: video cassette teaching by
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Henry Blackaby and Avery Willis, audio cassettes, leaders manual,
and two member’s books. This emphasis will help your church
evaluate itself in light of God’s plumb line.
• The Role of Prayer in Spiritual Awakening by Campus Crusade for
Christ, 800-827-2788, ccci.org. This 26 minute video featuring Dr.
J. Edwin Orr, renowned authority on revivals, will help you
discover how change your life today and bring revival to the world
around you through the power of prayer.
spEcial EvangElistic EvEnts • SEE: Workbook (Special Evangelistic
Events) Manual by NAMB,
866-407-namB (6262). This 30-page manual will introduce your church
to 10 different kinds of special events that can be made
evangelistic. It provides some great ideas and simple planning
sheets to guide your church in the process of developing some great
• SEE: Evangelistic Block Party Manual by NAMB, 866-407-namB
(6262). This 41-page manual will help your church step by step get
organized to conduct an evangelistic block party. The manual
includes job descriptions, clip art, planning sheet, ideas for
variations of the block party concept.
• SEE: Love is the Theme: Evangelistic Events for Valentine’s Day
Manual by NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262). This 35-page manual includes
event ideas related to Valentine’s Day, sermon outlines, sermon
illustrations, and a list of helpful resources.
• SEE: Halloween for Christ Manual by NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262).
This 29-page manual includes 5 variations of events that are good
for churches to do around Halloween. It also has some preaching
themes, helpful resources, and additional ideas.
• SEE: Evangelistic Events at Thanksgiving and Christmas Manual by
NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262). This 30-page manual provides 6 different
event plans for Christmas and Thanksgiving along with sermon themes
and a list of additional resources.
tracts • Split Time Tract by NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262). This
tract attracts a lot of attention and is easy to use. The opening
statement can be used as a riddle: “What single event in human
history has the power to split time?”
• God’s Special Plan Tract by NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262). This tract
is designed for use with children. It is interactive and provides a
simple and clear presentation of the gospel.
• IQ / Smart Cards by Living Waters Publications, 800-437-1893,
livingwaters.com. These cards are great for starting a witnessing
conversation quickly and humorously. They work well at block
parties, youth events, and at the fair.
• Reasons for Believing by Frank Harber Evangelistic Association,
817-903-9074, frankharber.org. This tract presents evidence that
Jesus was a real historical, that Jesus died on a cross, that Jesus
rose from the dead, and that he is the only way to God.
• Steps to Peace with God by Billy Graham, 866-526-7173,
billygrahambookstore.org. This tract is available in a variety of
tranquil covers and it graphically presents the gospel using the
bridge illustration. Because Billy Graham signed this tract it has
a lot of credibility.
• Got Life? by Heart Spring Media, 866-got-lifE (468-5433). This
tract uses the acrostic LIFE to present the Gospel and the acrostic
RAMP as an apologetic. It visually attractive and well
• bgco.org/MY316 • 405-942-3000, ext. 4313
prospEct dEvElopmEnt • Broadman Prospect Services
prospectservice.lifewaystores.com. This is a division of LifeWay
Christian Resources and they can provide your church prospect
information like “New Move In” labels and a variety of information
that can help you find people in your community.
• Mapping Center for Evangelism 888-627-7997, mappingcenter.org.
The Mapping Center can provide your church on a CD-Rom the names,
addresses, telephone numbers of people in your area, and the
corresponding maps that will help you locate them. The mapping
center can help your church with a variety of services related to
direct mail and canvassing neighborhoods. This is an invaluable
tool for any church that is serious about getting into the
ministry EvangElism • Servanthood Evangelism by the NAMB,
This manual is a must for any church. For just $4.00 you can get
over a 100 simple ideas to reach your community.
• His Heart Our Hands by the NAMB, 866-407-namB (6262). This
comprehensive kit includes a ministry evangelism guide,
inspirational video, CD with sermons by Charles Roesel and
PowerPoint presentations, and a Servanthood Evangelism manual. This
tool will help your church effectively minister to the needs of
those around you.
• 101 Ways to Reach Your Community by Steve Sjogren, 888-kindnEss,
servantevangelism.com. This simple little book will give the best
ideas from the man who wrote the book, “Conspiracy of Kindness.”
The book is full of ideas that your church needs.
This publication is made possible by your gifts through the
Tim Gentry is the Evangelism Group Leader for the Baptist General
Convention of Oklahoma. In this role, he oversees state evangelism
including ethnic, student and emerging generations evangelism. Tim
joined the BGCO from the California Southern Baptist Convention
where he served for 15 years as an evangelism specialist/church
Tim was born and raised in Oklahoma and surrendered to the ministry
at Falls Creek. A graduate of East Central University in Ada
Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Gentry also holds a
doctor of ministry degree from Golden Gate Seminary in Mill Valley,
After graduating from Southwestern, he was commissioned by the Home
Mission Board as a church planter missionary. Gentry started West
Roseville Baptist Church in Roseville, Calif. where he was pastor
for 12 years before moving to the California Convention.
Gentry’s wife, Mary, is an elementary school teacher. They have two
Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma bcgo.org • 3800 North May
Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73112
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