I want to revisit the Evangelism System this month so I begin with reminding you of why First United Methodist Church of Dixon exists and what we believe is God’s purpose for us.
FUMC where: Our mission is making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by Faithfully Uplifting the Message of Christ. FUMC is a place that wants to be known as the “Go-To” church in our community. A place where all are welcome regardless of the strength or commitment of their faith. In our people they will find a welcoming and generous group who are committed to Gathering, Growing and Going in their relationship with Jesus Christ. By Faithfully Uplifting the Message of Christ we are joining with God to make the biggest Kingdom impact possible. The purpose of the “Church” is to share the Good News of Jesus with one person at a time so that all people in our community have the opportunity to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
The Evangelism System is: How we attract people to our church and mobilize our church in the community. It is what we do to encourage people to come to worship so that they have the opportunity to hear the Good News and accept Jesus into their lives. I remind you again that the best and most effective strategy for evangelism is through extending a personal invitation to someone to come to church with you. Studies have shown that most people come to a new church for the first time because someone that they know and trust invited them to come. Many of you have confirmed this through the connect card. On the front of the card we ask, “How did you hear about the Church?” Many of you said that you attended for the first time because you came with a friend.
In my first installment of talking about the Evangelism System I introduced you to the concept of the Big Day. The Big Day is a day when we challenge those already attending FUMC to invite friends and family to attend worship with them. Our first Big Day this year was Easter. Easter is a natural Big Day. Most people who are even remotely connected to the church know about Easter and will attend church on that Sunday. We had our largest worship service of the year that day! 411 people attended worship that weekend! My prayer and I hope yours too is that we will fill our church with that many people worshipping God every weekend!
We have our next Big Day coming up Sunday, September 11th. It is our Backpack Blessing Sunday. Our Evangelism Team has been working and praying hard for the success of this event. As I write they are busy cutting apart and preparing to direct mail almost 3800 postcards inviting our community to come to worship on that Sunday. During August I have been asking you to pray and invite those people you know who could benefit from being with us for our Backpack Blessing. By mailing out the post cards we are adding a new strategy to our Big Day. With these two strategies of personal invitation and direct mail we are increasing our chances of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. By covering it all with prayer we are leaning on and trusting God for the blessing of being a blessing to the children and families of our community. So, don’t stop praying, don’t stop inviting and look for the postcard in your mail.
Finally, I want to remind our women of another great opportunity to share the love of Jesus with others. Make plans to attend and invite your friends to come to the Cry Out simulcast Friday, September 23rd from 6-9pm. It is a great opportunity for the women of our community to gather together for an evening of worship and prayer for our City, our Nation and our World.
Blessings, Pastor Tim