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By: Joy Equipping  09-12-2011
Keywords: Churches

There are churches around the world where people are coming to Christ literally by the hundreds—over 800 baptisms per year.

I thought I was doing okay having led a few people to Christ in my lifetime. But hundreds, Lord?

Those churches must be doing something right. Most growth in North America is from people changing churches.

Of course, we are always happy when someone does accept Christ. Only…we don’t seem to plan for it very well.

My mind drifts back twenty years to a tiny church plant. The pastor decided we should use Evangelism Explosion. So we memorized verses and wrote out our testimonies (which felt kind of weird), and learned a plan for presenting Christ to people.

It was scary, and some people thought it was too much by rote, but it worked. Our baby church had people coming to Christ right, left, and center.

Exciting things happened. For example, one night our trainer, my partner Ken, and I knocked on the door of a house. We had no idea who lived there. A couple in their early forties came to the door. When they discovered we were from a church, they said they already had company, but would we please come back the next night?

Our trainer became ill, but Ken and I decided to go anyway….

(This article is the 3rd in a series called "21st Century Pilgrim" which was first published in the Canadian Baptist in 1994.)

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Keywords: Churches

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