More emphasis must be placed on soul winning and outreach initiatives in our local churches, evangelism has to be outside the 4 walls of the church, our understanding of an “evangelist” in many of our churches is someone that get the saints excited and raise a big offering for the church and himself. An Evangelist is a SOUL WINNER plain and simple. The Pastor has to disciple the new converts after they are won to Jesus! The primary purpose of the Holy Ghost is to HELP us in ministry (Acts 1:8). Ministry isn’t just at a PULPIT! It is in hospitals, Prisons, Nursing homes, and the street. The problem is when you minister away from the pulpit no one can see you, too many “preachers” like the spotlight rather than being a light!
Foreign Missions has to be MORE of a priority in the Black church , who better than black people to evangelize 3rd world countries? Our problem is we preach prosperity more than the Gospel, prosperity doesn’t work on the Mission Field. We MUST fulfill the Great Commission, it was a command NOT an option! We have to be Christ centered and not PASTOR centered, Pastors have to lead by example and be SERVANTS and NOT served.
Feeding the hungry is also a part of outreach, remember when the Apostles apointed Deacons? The purpose was centered around feeding poor widows, as the feeding ministry flourished the numbers of the church GREW! Acts of kindness draw people to Jesus, because JESUS primary mission was to the POOR and REJECTED!
Chaplain Mark H. Stevens, Th.D.