Building Bridges to the Unchurched

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Building Bridges to the Unchurched in the 21st Century: 

Building Bridges to the Unchurched in the 21st Century Source: Thom Rainer, American Society for Church Growth, 1999

Effective Evangelistic Churches: 

Effective Evangelistic Churches Top 5% of evangelical churches 4000 churches surveyed (2000 in control group) Criteria a). 26 “reaches” per year (conversion into fruitful discipleship) b). Conversion ratio of < 20:1

Seven Things that Mattered to the Formerly Unchurched: 

Seven Things that Mattered to the Formerly Unchurched What did people who were neither in relationship with Christ nor in a church say were the seven key factors that brought them into faith and productive discipleship? What 7 things did they say mattered to them?

1. Relationships matter.: 

1. Relationships matter. Relationships are important to them -- especially family relationships. 85% of people who join a church say they came because a friend/neighbor/family member asked them to 2/3 said it was a family member

2. Age matters.: 

2. Age matters. The most receptive--and needy--unchurched group are the “Bridgers” Asking Evangelism Explosion questions to determine whether people were Christian Builders (pre-1946): 65% said yes Boomers (1946-64): 35% Busters (1964-76): 15% Bridgers (or “Millennials”, 1977-94): 4%

Being strategic to reach young people: 

Being strategic to reach young people 71% of 2000 effective evangelistic churches have intentional strategies for reaching young people Note how cults and other religions target and reach the millennials Islam: reaching 10% of bridger generation Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons: 6-8% Evangelical Christianity: 4% YEC “harvest” strategy

3. Expectations matter.: 

3. Expectations matter. The formerly churched join high-expectation churches. vs. “voluntary association” churches Main requirements: entry-point classes

4. Personal evangelism matters. : 

4. Personal evangelism matters. 72% of these people say that someone in the church shared Christ with them one-on-one

5. Leadership matters.: 

5. Leadership matters. Especially the leadership of the senior/solo pastor

Excursus: “Five Characteristics of pastors who lead effective evangelistic churches”: 

Excursus: “Five Characteristics of pastors who lead effective evangelistic churches” a). They have a high view of Scripture b). Were “down to earth” c). Had a sense of humor

Five Characteristics of pastors who lead effective evangelistic churches: 

Five Characteristics of pastors who lead effective evangelistic churches d). 3/4 spend time in weekly personal evangelism e). 1/2 held themselves accountable to someone weekly for personal evangelism These pastors advocated and modeled personal evangelism

6. Preaching matters.: 

6. Preaching matters. Survey asked what ministry tasks excited effective evangelistic church pastors “most” and “least”

Most and Least Exciting Tasks: 

Most and Least Exciting Tasks Most: 1. Preaching 2. Evangelism (Personal and Congregational) Least: 1. Committee meetings 2. Pastoral care (weddings, funerals, visitation, counseling)

Time Spent on Preaching : 

Time Spent on Preaching In effective evangelistic churches, pastors spent an average of 10 hours per week/per presentation vs. 2 hours in control group 90% of effective evangelistic church pastors list preaching as #1 exciting ministry task 42% of control group

The 2 Main Characteristics of Good Preaching identified by the formerly unchurched:: 

The 2 Main Characteristics of Good Preaching identified by the formerly unchurched: 1. Is understandable. 2. Is text-driven. not necessarily expository

7. Quality matters. : 

7. Quality matters. A). Music whether contemporary, blended, traditional B). Facilities building committee stipend to unchurched woman every 6 months to implement changes C). Small Groups and/or Sunday School 85% of people in effective churches in one 65% of people in control group in one

Conclusion: 

Conclusion It takes 85 people one year to reach one person in the typical American evangelical church Only 3-4% of evangelical churches qualify as “effective” (26 reaches, 20:1 ratio)

Conclusion: “What Matters?”: 

Conclusion: “What Matters?” If we are going to reach unchurched people, we have to listen to what their recent ex-members tell us matters! Relationships Age Expectations Personal Evangelism Leadership Preaching Quality

Building Bridges to the Unchurched in the 21st Century: 

Building Bridges to the Unchurched in the 21st Century Dr. John P. Chandler Courageous Churches Virginia Baptist Mission Board Copyright John P. Chandler, 2000

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