What is your church’s plan to reach its “Jerusalem”? Recently I was moderating a Sunday School panel with pastors Johnny Hunt, Dick Lincoln, Hance Dilbeck, and Lawrence Phipps. As we were eating lunch before the panel started, Johnny and Lawrence were talking about an evangelism strategy that they both used with great success. Johnny had tried it in his church at Woodstock, Lawrence heard about the plan from Johnny and tried it at his church in Montgomery.
This plan is so simple, it is basically a simplified version of the old “People Search”. It is also known as “Mapping Center” or “Evangelism Mapping Center”. Here is the plan that Johnny and Lawrence use:
- Either drive your community or get a plat map from your city that has every house in the community on it. You want a map with street names, not a list of addresses. Start with a one mile radius from the church campus. In essence, use your church facility as the “centerpoint” of your community.
- One Saturday a month, these guys asked their church members to come to the church campus. Each person was given four to five consecutive addresses that they are to visit and knock on the door. Driving time is minimal.
- Provide some basic church information, either a newsletter, worship guide, or CD with church info.
- Each person goes to their assigned 4-5 homes. Here is the script: “Hi, my name is _________ from _________ Church just down the street. I just want to know if there is anything that I could pray about for you.” If the moment presents itself, then pray for them. Then, just hand the materials to the person and ask them if there is anything you can do for them.
- Johnny and Lawrence both said that most are their members are done in 15 minutes! Both had some great stories of people coming to Christ, or Christians who decided to give the church a second chance.
These pastors both started with a one mile radius, and after visiting all the homes in that radius, moved to a three mile radius. First Baptist Woodstock visited 15,000 homes the first year that they did this strategy.
Both Johnny and Lawrence stated that they do not want any person living in the shadow of their church to depart this earth without a chance of hearing the Gospel. Both of their churches consistently lead their states in evangelism, Sunday School growth, and baptisms.
If you are interested in trying the “Mapping Center” and you’re in Oklahoma, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
By the way, the video of the Pastor’s Roundtable will be shipped to every Southern Baptist Church in Oklahoma. A few videos will also be featured here on the blog in the next few weeks.