Profile: Mount Pleasant Baptist Church; Herndon, Virginia
The Harvest Magazine
“Go ye therefore, and reach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” — Matthew 18: 19-20 (KJV)
Evangelism is a commandment from God, and His Church has an obligation to honor that commandment by serving as a beacon for the Kingdom.
Even so, the ministry of evangelism can be difficult, particularly if an opportunity presents itself that we do not feel prepared for: What’s the right Scripture? … I’m drawing a blank on Scriptures! … How do I start a conversation about God? … I feel inadequate to share the Gospel.
Self-defeating questions and thoughts such as these cause a golden ministry opportunity to quickly lose its luster. Doubt and fear close an otherwise open door, sometimes permanently, and no one wins when that happens.
The Harvest Magazine recently learned of a creative tactic that Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (Rev. Dr. James L. Graham, Pastor) is using to share the Word. The Herndon, Virginia, church gives its congregants “As You Go” evangelism kits, which include a church business card, personal commitment guide, eternal life tract, and a mini-DVD. An instruction sheet that lists the purpose and suggested uses for each item is also included.
1. Even though we know evangelism is essential to honoring God and building the Kingdom, the initial approach can be intimidating for some. This “As You Go” kit can facilitate an initial conversation by providing a variety of tools.
2. The “As You Go” kit enables congregants to operate in their respective mission fields and networks to prepare themselves and to respond to opportunities as they arise, because they will.
3. The kit is simple to use, which makes evangelism less intimidating.
It’s refreshing to see Pastor Graham leading Mount Pleasant Baptist to get out and go! And now that this church is equipped, no one has to miss an opportunity to evangelize!