The Greatest Tragedy in the Church Today
Thom Rainer: "When evangelism dies as a priority in the church, the church has already begun to die."
Evangelism is dying in many churches today.
No, that’s not an overstatement. I am not speaking hyperbolically.
Evangelism is dying.
Look at the data. Measure almost any group of churches today versus 30 years ago. You’ll likely find only one person is being reached with the Gospel for every 40 to 60 church members. You will find that conversions have declined precipitously. And where you find numerical growth, you are more likely to find the growth is transfer of Christians from one church to another.
That’s not evangelism. That’s sheep shuffling.
Pastors and other leaders must fall on their faces before God and ask Him to reignite their congregations with an evangelistic passion. When evangelism dies as a priority in the church, the church has already begun to die.
So why should evangelism be one of the highest priorities in your church?
Though the reasons are many, allow me to share seven of them.