Why Have a
Public Event Witness
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Why should the Local Church be
Involved in the Community
*Fairs *Festivals *Flea Markets
Table of Contents
Spread the Gospel
2. To Train Church
Members in Soul Winning
We will not take the time and
space at this point to reiterate the message of the Bible to take
the Gospel to the World. If you are
saved your heart tells you
what you are
saved from and where the lost are headed.
It is the job of the church to
take the Gospel to every creature: at home, regionally, nationally
Public events offer a great
opportunity to touch every facet of the community:
* All ages
* All economic backgrounds
* All degrees of education
* All employment situations
Everyone will be at the Festival
either this year, next or the year after.
* Some will be
* A few more will hear.
* Many will take a tract.
Do not miss this tremendous God given opportunity.
At a time when Door to Door Soul
Winning has slowed in most parts of the nation, the church has lost
a vital source of
* finding the lost who will listen
* training its members to be soul winners
* encouraging God's people to be a witness
Use the local Fair, Festival, Flea
Market and Parade. People come by the 1000's (even in small
* They want to see something new.
* They want to experience something different.
* They want to hear some new ideas.
* They want something to make them happy.
All of this spells "Open Heart".
When the heart is open, it will receive new input. This is the
perfect time to plant the seed of the Word.
* Members can see Soul Winning in action.
* Members can learn how it is done.
* Members can put their knowledge to work.
* Members can teach others to do the same.
Public Events do not offer
excellent prospects for Church Membership. It is difficult to
get these prospects into church.
"Then why go?"
Mostly for the sowing of the seed
and training. But especially for the
confidence and boldness
that training offers. Once members learn how to deal with the
confident in the use of the Bible and
bold for the
Lord, they will begin to Evangelize their Friends, Neighbors,
Relatives, Workmates and Schoolmates. This will build a
church, any church.
Successful pastors agree, 100%,
that the best prospects for membership are the people their members
know. Members want to tell them how to be
saved, but they have
not had the
hands-on training that Public Events offer to gain the
confidence and boldness to be an effective witness.
Going once a year to the local
festival is not enough. Churches should seek out opportunities
year around to keep the fires of evangelism going. To sustain
the embers of soul winning. To keep people soul conscious 12
months out of the year.
Steve and Pat Andres began to go
to one day festivals in 1979 about once month from April
through October. Different ones from the church would go with
us. Many led their very first converts to the Lord at these
events. Many more became proficient soul winners because of
the sheer number of occasions they were able to present the Gospel.
Some of these people began to win their friends, relatives,
neighbors, people they worked with, went to school with, and so on.
The church was guided by a very
able pastor and it grew to running over. A small country
church, 18 miles from town built a large 300-400 seat building.
Competent, confident soul winners were at the foundation, as their
gained experience supplied competence.
G. Steven Andres
Copyright - 1996 to 2010