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A Letter to the Churches

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May I step into your confessional booth?  My Calling is to serve by helping you to hear God’s Call and be a witness to your faith. I am sorry for failing you.  The proof is in the pudding. Our churches are not growing.  We are not doing evangelism effectively.  I have been doing my ministry of Evangelism in the Prophetic Spirit for 41 years but have not been able to help you turn the tide of our churches losing their focus.  I have not been able to convince your people about the importance and urgency of doing evangelism.

The first years of my ministry church growth books and articles were popular and influential to pastors and their churches. I realized that what they were writing about and my vision of evangelism was very different.  Church growth is a goal – evangelism is a ministry.  Church growth is counting heads – evangelism is changing hearts. Church growth is marketing – evangelism is sharing.  Church growth is bringing people in – evangelism is moving people out to be witnesses.

Why am I preaching evangelism while our country is crying out for social justice? Evangelism is foundational to the ministry of the Church.  It must be revived and revised to include the “fullness” of the Gospel, salvation for self, and salvation for society.  God is asking us not to preach evangelism, but to do evangelism, to save our society from injustices and give us hope through love.

In my travels among your churches I meet so many talented and dedicated people, I see no reason why we can’t stop this free fall we are in. I know the pandemic has stopped us from reaching out to people in handshaking and hugging ways, but we still can touch their hearts and show love through prayer and modern technology.  I believe a great awakening in our churches is in our reach.  Let’s talk about it, pray about it, and make a move that will make a difference.