The Holy Spirit directed me to write this book. In the last few days, He's been directing me to post the whole book on this blog so that you and those you know can read and apply it. I pray that you will.
The subject is how individual tutors can lead churches, congregational ministries, Christian nonprofits, universities and colleges, teachers and their unions, voluntary youth organizations, foundations, social enterprises, governments, for-profit companies, independent professionals who assist organizations, and professional tutors can lead the world to make an enormous number of performance breakthroughs in Godly ways. Appendix B shows great ways to combine breakthroughs for more stunning results, better ways to interest and inspire others to make breakthroughs, and how to teach others to be breakthrough learners. My Christian testimony is also included.
At a time when most people see Godly performance declining, it's an important message.
May God bless you, your family, and all you do in the name of Jesus!
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
One Million Breakthrough Tutors, Arise!
Coauthor of The 2,000 Percent Solution
and Author of 2,000 Percent Living
2,000 Percent Living Press
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Other Books by Donald Mitchell
The 2,000 Percent Solution (with Carol Coles and Robert Metz)
The Portable 2,000 Percent Solution (with Carol Coles)
The 2,000 Percent Solution Workbook (with Carol Coles)
The 2,000 Percent Squared Solution (with Carol Coles)
The Irresistible Growth Enterprise (with Carol Coles)
The Ultimate Competitive Advantage (with Carol Coles)
Adventures of an Optimist
Witnessing Made Easy (with Bishop Dale P. Combs, Lisa Combs, Jim Barbarossa, and Carla Barbarossa)
Ways You Can Witness (with Cherie Hill, Roger de Brabant, Drew Dickens, Gael Torcise, Wendy Lobos, Herpha Jane Obod, and Gisele Umugiraneza)
2,000 Percent Living
One Million Breakthrough Tutors, Arise!
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This book is dedicated to:
The 2,000 percent solution pioneers
who have shown the world the power of this breakthrough method.
May their best 2,000 percent solutions always be ahead of them!
Chapter One: 100,000 Fully Engaged
In-Congregation Evangelists, Arise!
Chapter Two: 100,000 Fully Engaged
Tutors for Congregational Ministries, Arise!
Chapter Three: 100,000 Fully Engaged
Tutors for Christian Nonprofit Organizations, Arise!
Chapter Four: 100,000 Fully Engaged
Tutors for Universities and Colleges, Arise!
Chapter Five: 100,000 Fully Engaged
Tutors for Teachers and Their Unions, Arise!
Chapter Six: 100,000 Fully Engaged
Tutors for Voluntary Youth Organizations, Arise!
Chapter Seven: 100,000 Fully Engaged
Tutors for Foundations, Arise!
Chapter Eight: 100,000 Fully Engaged
Tutors for Social Enterprises, Arise!
Chapter Nine: 100,000 Fully Engaged
Tutors for Governments, Arise!
Chapter Ten: 100,000 Fully Engaged
Tutors for For-Profit Companies, Arise!
Chapter Eleven: 100,000 Fully Engaged
Tutors for Independent Professionals Who Assist Organizations, Arise!
Chapter Twelve: 100,000 Fully Engaged
Professional Tutors, Arise!
Appendix A: Author’s Testimony
Appendix B: Help Wanted Blueprints for
More Dimensions of Complementary Benefit Breakthroughs,
Interesting and Inspiring Others to Make Breakthroughs, and
Teaching Others to Tutor Breakthrough Learners
Oh, give thanks to the LORD!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
— 1 Chronicles 16:8 (NKJV)
I thank Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, for creating the universe and all the people on the Earth; our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for providing the way for us to gain Salvation; and the Holy Spirit for guiding our daily paths towards repentance and righteousness. I also humbly acknowledge the perfect guidance I received from God through His Holy Spirit and His Word to write this book.
I am grateful to Peter Drucker for encouraging me to write about 2,000 percent solutions and to continually seek simpler ways to help people learn how to employ them. His faith in this method for solving problems caused me to take the opportunity much more seriously than I otherwise would.
I appreciate all those who have permitted me to share 2,000 percent solution methods with them. I thank them for all the insights I have gained into tutoring from observing their wonderful work.
I would like to express gratitude to my family for allowing me the time and peace to work on such a huge and awe-inspiring project for God. They made many sacrifices without complaining and were a continual inspiration.
I appreciate my many clients who held off on their demands for my help so that this project could receive the attention it required over the last fifteen years. Their financial support also made it possible for me to give this time to the Lord and to invest in the expenses required to make this book available.
Finally, I am most appreciative of the many fine improvements that the editor, Bernice Pettinato, made in the text. This is the eleventh book where she has helped me to make the messages clearer and more pleasant to read. As always, she was a delight to work with. Her kindness made the writing much easier. I value all she has taught me about writing.
I accept sole responsibility for any remaining errors and apologize to my readers for any difficulties and inconvenience that they encounter.
“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
— Luke 12:12 (NKJV)
Every aspect of Help Wanted has been taught to me by the One I believe to be God’s Holy Spirit: from the purpose, to the subject, to the title, to the subtitle, to the contents, to the order of the chapters, to the literal words of this Introduction, and to all the details and words that follow. Receiving the directions for what to write to you has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. I thank and praise God for granting me this awesome favor.
I pray that I have been faithful and accurate in sharing with you what I was directed to write. Since some people receive false messages from the enemy who is in the world that are intended to deceive, you should test what is in Help Wanted through your reading of the Bible and prayer as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:29 (NKJV): “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.”
I thank you for reading and considering these words. I also pray that you will find the experience of applying what you learn to be Godly and awesome.
Help Wanted’s purposes are to encourage you to teach exponential fruitfulness (accomplishing more of what God intends) and to inform you how to do so in highly effective ways. To explain these purposes, let’s first consider what Jesus said about fruitfulness.
Encourage Exponential Fruitfulness
by Teaching about It
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;
and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;
for without Me you can do nothing.
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered;
and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit;
so you will be My disciples.”
— John 15:1-8, NKJV
As these verses relate, Jesus promised that those who abide in Him can ask for Godly desires and receive them to glorify our Heavenly Father, God. Instead of acting with delight on that promise, most people try to produce more of what appeals to them without either abiding in Him or seeking His support. Some of these appealing desires are not Godly ones, and evenly Godly ones may not be supported supernaturally for those who do not abide in Him. As a result, it should be no surprise when people who seek ungodly desires and those who rely solely on their own strength for Godly purposes show no Godly fruitfulness.
Where can those who aren’t being fruitful turn for help? Jesus waits with open arms to help them by offering Salvation, the Bible, and answers to prayers. The Holy Spirit will also provide guidance after they become believers.
I can also offer you another Godly resource for becoming fruitful: After being directed by the Holy Spirit to encourage faithfulness and to show how to increase effectiveness in following Jesus, I wrote 2,000 Percent Living (Salvation Press, 2010) to help individuals learn to lead the fruitful lives that He desires for all to engage in. For those who are able to read and apply what they learn, 2,000 Percent Living can provide practical directions for increasing fruitfulness after Salvation is received.
Almost everyone can be even more fruitful by having regular Earthly help from fellow believers to reinforce heavenly directions. That lesson is well demonstrated in Witnessing Made Easy: Yes, You Can Make a Difference (Jubilee Worship Center Step by Step Press, 2010) by the large increases in congregational witnessing that follow from having in-congregation evangelists encourage and teach witnessing for five minutes during every church service and activity.
When dealing with their most important and highest priority tasks for the Lord, most people seek to become as effective as possible because a lot is at stake. With proper help, even the most highly gifted in any field can accomplish a great deal more and avoid many errors. Consider top-flight athletes as an example. Few world record holders fail to have coaches and trainers who assist in finding, demonstrating, and encouraging ways to perform better.
Where, then, are the Earthly helpers for those who either can benefit from or want as much assistance as possible in being more fruitful for Him? Most seekers of increased fruitfulness will look in vain for Earthly help beyond the believers who explain the Bible and those who lecture from books based on Bible verses about fruitfulness. That kind of general support wouldn’t be enough assistance for athletes to improve to their full potential, and it’s not enough support either for those who are already saved and are committed to increasing their fruitfulness for Him.
Why isn’t more direct help available from fellow believers? One of the most important reasons for the shortage of assistance is because people who learn how to be more fruitful usually focus much more attention on expanding their own fruitfulness than on increasing the fruitfulness of others. A sports example may help to explain: Consider that when Lance Armstrong was thrilling the cycling world by winning seven straight Tour de France championships, he didn’t take time off to coach others on how to defeat him. Athletes who become coaches usually do so after their bodies won’t permit maximum performance any longer.
Unlike athletes, Christians can continually grow in their direct fruitfulness. It takes a conscious decision for a fruitful Christian to reduce time spent on being directly fruitful to begin coaching other Christians on becoming more fruitful. This redirection of focus can be one way that the Lord will prune many personally fruitful Christians.
Think about how almost anyone can accomplish much more for Him by assisting others to be more fruitful than by only expanding his or her personal fruitfulness. Unlike a sports coach who might only help develop a few top athletes, someone who teaches exponential fruitfulness might be able to assist multitudes of people who become highly effective for Him. In light of that potential, Jesus’ words about not having enough help ring as true today concerning coaches and tutors of expanded fruitfulness as they did when He began itinerant preaching and commented about the limited number of disciples initially available to precede Him:
Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest (Luke 10:2, NKJV).
You have probably heard John 15:1-8 preached. However, you may not have received much more specific advice about what to do than to spend more time in Bible reading, prayer, and acting on what the Holy Spirit directs you to do. While that’s certainly good advice, most people would benefit from more specific directions from knowledgeable believers about how to apply the messages that are received from Bible reading, prayer, and listening to the Holy Spirit.
Why is specific advice often missing from lessons taught about John 15:1-8? It appears that more Christians have been gifted to inspire people to be more fruitful for Him than have been gifted to teach people specific, highly effective ways to act on such inspirations.
What can be done to expand access to receiving more practical direction? Jesus’ teachings demonstrate the value of providing very specific advice and examples in a narrow context. His examples show how specialization in teaching can help learners while reducing the amount of preparation needed for those offering the lessons. Help Wanted follows His example by spelling out how to teach exponential fruitfulness in a variety of different contexts.
To understand more about how to provide specific directions, let’s look more closely at what Jesus, our foremost Teacher of fruitfulness, did in His most powerful lessons. When we read what the Bible tells us about His methods, it’s clear that Jesus was often very specific to the disciples in His instructions. Here’s an example: Jesus wanted the disciples to love one another in a sacrificial way, putting service to others ahead of their self-interests and comfort. Rather than merely stating and preaching about that directive, Jesus first demonstrated at the Last Supper precisely what He wanted the disciples to do:
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”
Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!”
Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”
Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”
So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:3-17, NKJV)
As John 15:1-8 relates, Jesus wants us to be fruitful in serving the kingdom of God. He also wants to improve and benefit us through the service we provide in helping others be more fruitful as we read in Romans 8:28 (NKJV), “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Let’s look at what some of the rewards are for those Christians who are effective in assisting others to become exponentially fruitful.
Receive Rewards for Teaching
Practical, Exponential Fruitfulness
“And behold, I am coming quickly,
and My reward is with Me,
to give to every one according to his work.”
— Revelation 22:12 (NKJV)
A Christian life promises many deferred, highly desirable rewards, such as spending eternity with God after repenting, believing in Him, following Him, and receiving the free gift of Salvation. Knowing that great heavenly rewards await, Christians learn to be happily patient, obedient, and faithful as they deal with trials that test and refine them to be more like Jesus.
Teaching practical ways to be exponentially fruitful can provide both eternal and day-to-day rewards that will further uplift any Christian’s heart and soul. The eternal rewards are alluded to in Revelation 22:12 where Jesus promises to reward those who have done His work when He returns. If ordinary fruitfulness will earn rewards, just think about how much more exponential fruitfulness will be recognized by Him when each is rewarded according to the work that was done.
Jesus made important observations about the potential for exponential fruitfulness while explaining the Parable of the Sower:
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:18-23 NKJV)
The last sentence indicates that Jesus wants us to realize that exponential fruitfulness is likely for those who understand His will and are faithful in doing it. He also made it clear that many would not understand His will, suggesting the potential importance of having people who explain His directions. Further, among those who understand, some will not be faithful. The unfaithful people can benefit from being continually encouraged by those who understand and are faithful.
The day-to-day rewards from teaching exponential fruitfulness may not be apparent to you until you experience them. I know that these rewards came as a pleasant surprise to me. Having helped many people to become exponentially fruitful, in the spirit of being helpful let me humbly share with you some of the Earthly rewards that I have experienced as a partial indication of what God’s plan for your rewards may include:
• Peacefulness (Knowing that you are contributing to results with positive eternal consequences drowns out many anxieties tied to less important Earthly matters.)
• Love (Teaching fruitfulness provides many opportunities to express and receive brotherly love.)
• Satisfaction (When Godly results follow from the actions taken by those who receive your teaching, you enjoy a sense of having done some good work.)
• Contribution (When needy people are helped by those you teach, the benefits received may be greater than what your finances could have provided, giving you a sense of the substantial value your efforts helped create by attracting God’s supernatural resources.)
• Significance (Meeting and working with highly effective contributors to fruitfulness allow you to see better how important your work is in God’s eyes.)
• Confidence (As your ability to teach fruitfulness improves, you will feel less daunted by Earthly difficulties.)
• Inspiration (When the results accomplished by your learners’ efforts exceed what you hoped and prayed for, your sense of awe will increase for God’s infinite knowledge, omnipresence, and unlimited power.)
• Mastery (As your teaching becomes more effective, you will experience greater joy.)
• Kindness (People who benefit from your teachings will often express their appreciation in touching, Godly ways.)
• Humility (The more that is accomplished by those you teach, the more you will realize that the increase is from God.)
• Friendship (You will establish connections to wonderful believers God has intended to be part of your life who you would not otherwise have met.)
I pray that you will richly receive all of these benefits … and even more!
If you would like to better understand any of my experiences with teaching exponential fruitfulness, I invite you to contact me with your questions by e-mail at email@example.com. I would also be pleased to hear from you about the Earthly benefits that you gain from teaching practical, exponential fruitfulness.
Let’s look now at why at least a million tutors of practical, exponential fruitfulness are needed, where they might be found, and how they might prepare for this role.
Prepare One Million Fruitfulness Tutors
Are all apostles?
Are all prophets?
Are all teachers?
Are all workers of miracles?
— 1 Corinthians 12:29 (NKJV)
In 1 Corinthians 12:29, Paul is making the point that the gifts God provides to individuals for serving the body of Christ are quite varied. As a result, we should expect that the number of those who have a particular type of Godly gift will be limited.
When we consider just those who have received teaching gifts, God has provided many needs for applying those gifts. Some of the gifted will teach as pastors, leading their congregations. Others will teach in Sunday school, helping youngsters to learn about Christianity. Still others will teach various important ministry tasks. Because of meeting these many needs, just a small portion of those with the teaching gift are available to teach practical, exponential fruitfulness. In many nations, it’s also difficult to teach about Christianity without substantial opposition from the government or people of different faiths. Those limits further reduce the availability of employing teaching gifts for expanding fruitfulness. In addition, many of those with the teaching gift will lack the perspectives and experiences needed to teach ways of expanding fruitfulness in practical, exponential ways for many potential applications.
Experience has shown that a well-informed fruitfulness tutor can assist as many as twenty people at a time who have the same learning need. If instead each learner has a different learning need, fruitfulness tutoring has to be one-on-one. Most new tutors will also feel much more comfortable assisting one person at a time even when the learning needs among potential students are quite similar. As a result, I estimate that one million tutors will initially be teaching no more than two million people a year. With the body of Christ probably containing hundreds of millions of saved people, it takes a million tutors just to begin to make a direct impact on the potential for increasing fruitfulness.
Fortunately, learning from tutors isn’t the only way that Christians can become more fruitful: Believers can also do more for Him by emulating fruitful actions they observe others doing. As a result, we can expect that anyone who learns practical, exponential fruitfulness and performs it in a visible way will indirectly influence more fruitfulness among those who observe the services done for God.
To obtain the most results from such followers of good examples, it’s important to have tutors present in as many countries as possible and teaching as many different aspects of practical, exponential fruitfulness as possible.
As one approach for making such tutors available, let’s look at the contexts for practical, exponential fruitfulness for which directions are provided in Help Wanted.
Select and Place Well-Prepared Tutors
in Highly Fruitful Learning Environments
And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab,
“As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand,
there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”
Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
“Get away from here and turn eastward,
and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.
And it will be that you shall drink from the brook,
and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”
So he went and did according to the word of the LORD,
for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.
The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning,
and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.
And it happened after a while that the brook dried up,
because there had been no rain in the land.
Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there.
See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
— 1 Kings 17:1-9 (NKJV)
As Elijah’s experience shows, God provides for us in specific places and ways in order to serve His objectives. We have to be in the right place at the right time to be in His will. As a result, we need to pay close attention when selecting, preparing, and placing exponential fruitfulness tutors in order to achieve outstanding results, the second of Help Wanted’s purposes.
In many examples of fruitfulness, Jesus spoke about leading more people to learn about Salvation. Simple arithmetic tells us that the more born-again Christians there are, the more potential fruitfulness can be created by the body of Christ. Experience shows that tutoring all believers in congregations to do more witnessing and in more effective ways is a high-potential opportunity for expanding fruitfulness. In Witnessing Made Easy, you can read the details of how in-congregation evangelists can expand by over 400 times the amount of witnessing done as a result of a single congregation’s activities (both by greatly increasing the congregation’s own witnessing and by providing lots of tools to eager witnesses in other congregations who lack the ability to afford them). In Ways You Can Witness: How the Lost Are Found (Salvation Press, 2010), you can read about the value of and ways to implement six different complementary approaches to witnessing that can make a congregation’s learning about witnessing even more fruitful. Chapter One of Help Wanted relates how to combine all eight of these methods from the two books to expand witnessing effectiveness and suggests applying the methods in at least 100,000 churches by adding in-congregation evangelists who teach these practices during each church service and activity.
Churches engage in many ministries that don’t involve witnessing. Chapter Two describes how tutors can help those ministries to become more exponentially fruitful. Through these ministries, those who cannot be encouraged to witness can contribute to fulfilling His purposes.
Christian good works are often done by nonprofit organizations that need to raise funds, to attract volunteers, and to apply the funds with the help of volunteers to accomplish important tasks for those in need. Chapter Three explains what tutors should learn and teach in order to make those organizations serve their purposes in exponentially more fruitful ways.
Since Help Wanted is about accomplishing more through learning and applying what’s learned, it’s natural to consider the roles that tutors can play to help students at universities and colleges, both Christian and secular, learn to be more fruitful. That’s the subject of Chapter Four.
Many Christians already earn a living as professional teachers, both in private and public schools. In many locales, public school teachers belong to unions that champion better environments and encouragement for learning. Chapter Five examines what tutors can do to help teachers and their unions expand their fruitfulness.
Jesus was very concerned about nurturing children. Many youth groups encourage fellowship and learning. Chapter Six addresses the opportunities for tutors to aid such associations in increasing their fruitfulness.
Foundations often play a role in improving Earthly conditions by encouraging and financing experiments designed to make breakthroughs. Chapter Seven investigates how tutors can assist foundations to add to their Godly fruitfulness.
Many believers use their organizations to serve Christian purposes as well as to earn a profit in what is often called “social entrepreneurship.” Chapter Eight explores the potential for tutors to help social enterprises deliver more fruitfulness.
Some nations are determined to lift up their people in spiritual and Earthly ways. Chapter Nine portrays ways for these intentions to be accomplished in more fruitful ways through the help of breakthrough tutors.
Some for-profit companies are engaged in activities that while intended to be spiritually neutral actually open important doors for Godly fruitfulness. Chapter Ten develops many new ways that tutors can assist these firms do more to contribute to God’s work while improving their Earthly success.
Many independent professionals are talented in developing ways of organizing complicated tasks so that more can be accomplished. Some of these individuals work as consultants, others as software developers, and still others as practitioners of best practice research. Chapter Eleven relates how tutors can assist those with such skills to be redirected to create more Godly fruitfulness.
Finally, some may welcome the opportunity to develop professional careers as fruitfulness tutors specializing in important activities. Chapter Twelve guides such individuals in selecting a specialty, gaining the knowledge needed to be effective in that specialty, attracting learners, earning a living from the activity, and improving their effectiveness.
In the book’s epilogue, you will find more details about the four key lessons for tutors when getting started in expanding exponential fruitfulness for Him.
I also invite you to learn about how I became a Christian and what that has meant to me by reading my testimony in Appendix A.
In Appendix B, you’ll find three valuable tutoring blueprints for accomplishing much more through helping learners combine more complementary benefit breakthroughs, interesting and inspiring students to make breakthroughs, and teaching others to tutor breakthrough learners.
Here’s a final recommendation: Although each chapter is intended to be read as stand-alone information, you will better understand what to do if you read these chapters in order before going back to reread material that appeals more to you. I make that suggestion because many of the principles that all tutors need to apply are exemplified in more detail in the first chapters than in the later ones.
Copyright © 2011 by Donald W. Mitchell. All rights reserved.
100,000 Fully Engaged
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying,
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;
and lo, I am with you always,
even to the end of the age.” Amen.
— Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)
Before sponsoring the global contest to find great ways to help save more souls in 2006, I had never heard of or met an in-congregation evangelist. I wondered what such evangelists did. Just in case you don’t know much about this role, let me share what I learned. While many evangelists are itinerant as Jesus was, some churches have paid staff or volunteer congregation members who focus on encouraging and teaching witnessing to everyone in their church. Some in-congregation evangelists also spend a little of their time helping other churches to identify and prepare their own in-congregation evangelists.
Why do some Christians benefit from being encouraged and taught to witness by in-congregation evangelists? Without such help, few American Christians do much Gospel sharing. Surveys report that about 3 percent of church-attending, born-again Christians in the United States regularly share their faith with unsaved people. In addition, about 90 percent of saved Americans never witness to people outside their families except by trying to be an example of righteous living.
During the Salvation-encouraging contest, I was pleased to learn that Jubilee Worship Center (JWC), located in Hobart, Indiana, had overcome much of its congregation’s witnessing inactivity. This feat was accomplished by devoting five minutes during each church service and activity to in-congregation evangelists, Jim and Carla Barbarossa, and their team of fire starters (witnessing encouragers and teachers who assist the evangelists) sharing Jesus’ command for all to witness, teaching effective ways to do so, and encouraging continual sharing of faith and testimonies with unsaved people. Bishop Dale P. Combs, JWC’s pastor, estimates that the congregation’s witnessing activity has increased by more than twenty times due to having the in-congregation evangelists and fire starters present the five-minute tutoring sessions.
As a result of appointing these people and engaging in the encouragement and learning activities, about 40 percent of the JWC congregation regularly shares testimonies and speaks about Salvation with unbelievers. More than half of the congregation has prepared written testimonies that have been assembled into a book, Real Life Stories, that has been given to tens of thousands of lost people around the world (to read these testimonies for free online, go to www.step-by-step.org). Even people who had been afraid to share their faith have become comfortable with sharing these books of testimonies and talking about their lessons.
You may be wondering why having in-congregation evangelists conducting learning sessions would make such a big difference. Consider what Paul had to say in Ephesians 4:7-16 (NKJV):
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”
(Now this, “He ascended” — what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ — from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
As Paul indicates, evangelism is a spiritual gift separate from being a pastor or a teacher of the Bible. For the body of Christ to operate optimally, all the gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are needed. When a congregation is operating without benefit of an in-congregation evangelist, its ability to witness will not be fully activated and developed. For a fuller explanation of the need for all the spiritual gifts to help save more souls, please read the Pastor’s Prologue by Bishop Dale P. Combs in Witnessing Made Easy (available to read for free at www.jubileeworshipcenter.com and www.step-by-step.org, and in an inexpensive electronic Kindle version on Amazon.com).
Christian witnessing is an activity that the enemy who is in the world wants to minimize. Evidently this opposition works in a variety of ways:
• Many Christians don’t realize that Jesus has called them to share the Gospel.
• Due to their ignorance of the Bible, some wrongly believe that only evangelists and pastors are ever supposed to engage in Salvation-related presentations to and discussions with unsaved people.
• Some Christians favor famous evangelists presenting the Gospel of Salvation at large crusade events so strongly that they oppose their churches directly engaging in any other witnessing activities.
• Some of the Christians who know they should witness don’t because they are fearful of what could happen when they do.
• Many Christians who are willing to witness either misunderstand or are confused about the best ways to do so, reducing their activity and effectiveness.
An anointed in-congregation evangelist can offset much of this opposition with Bible studies, inspiration, encouragement, and training, helping most Christians to go from being ignorant about or afraid to witness to being well-prepared, confident, active, and joyful witnesses. You can read the details of how to identify anointed in-congregation evangelists and the tasks they should do in Witnessing Made Easy, where you will also find directions for contacting co-authors Bishop Dale P. Combs and Jim Barbarossa for more assistance by telephone and e-mail.
An in-congregation evangelist can make further exponential increases in fruitfulness by spending some time each week teaching pastors and those with the gift of evangelism the potential benefits of and best methods for teaching congregational witnessing. As Witnessing Made Easy describes, Jim and Carla Barbarossa have been very active in sharing their knowledge and experiences through the organization they co-founded, Step by Step Ministries. As a result of the Barbarossas’ efforts, hundreds of churches around the world have added effective in-congregation evangelists and established witnessing development tutoring programs. My prayer is that every in-congregation evangelist will help lead at least another hundred churches to select anointed in-congregation evangelists who lead five-minute teachings about witnessing during each church service and activity.
The aforementioned contest was also blessed by receiving many other fine suggestions for improving witnessing. Six of those methods are described in Ways You Can Witness:
1. Christians make weekly written commitments to witnessing activities.
2. Establish low-cost Christian radio networks and stations providing music and programs that appeal to unsaved people where no programming exists for that purpose.
3. Make available at all times and to all people witnesses who are well equipped to discuss Salvation.
4. Ask for more kinds of help from more people in more ways to expand witnessing.
5. Serve pressing, unmet physical and emotional needs of unsaved people and gain opportunities to witness after aiding them.
6. Seek out and witness to unsaved people with secret sins that deeply embarrass them.
Ways You Can Witness co-authors Cheri Hill, Roger de Brabant, Drew Dickens, Gael Torcise, Wendy Lobos, Herpha Jane Obod, and Gisele Umugiraniza will happily provide expert advice for you about their area of expertise concerning those six witnessing activities. Each chapter describes the appropriate expert to contact and her or his e-mail address.
Studying all these witnessing-enhancing methods has convinced me that in-congregation evangelists and fire starters will be even more effective in advancing witnessing when they expand beyond the lessons in Witnessing Made Easy to also apply the six methods described in Ways You Can Witness. Let’s look at the benefits of combining those lessons and methods.
Benefits of Becoming a Fully Engaged In-Congregation Evangelist
For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.
— Acts 22:15 (NKJV)
Here we separately consider how each of the six methods described in Ways You Can Witness increases witnessing effectiveness for the congregations served by in-congregation evangelists. Asking each Christian to make a written commitment to conduct specific witnessing activities during the following week offers these advantages:
• Those making witnessing commitments have reminders of what they have chosen to do that week, which may increase their activity level.
• By repeating witnessing commitments from week to week and being more faithful in meeting them, the chances of someone developing permanent witnessing habits are improved.
• Congregants can track their witnessing commitments and accomplishments in fulfilling them, potentially increasing the encouragement they gain from being more active.
• The in-congregation evangelists know which congregation members have the most willing and unwilling hearts so that the evangelists can focus their attention more appropriately to encourage and to support each person.
• The in-congregation evangelists know what commitments have been made, which allows them to know what parts of their appeals are moving hearts and what parts aren’t so that they can focus on doing better where they need to improve.
• In-congregation evangelists and pastors can also put into the more accurate context of the overall results any opposition that they are experiencing to the witnessing program from individuals, so that vocal opponents don’t exercise undue influence over the congregation’s learning about witnessing.
Having a radio network or station that attracts unsaved listeners can greatly multiply a congregation’s ability to reach unbelievers in their vicinity and provides these benefits:
• People living, working, and traveling near the church who have never met a congregation member can still hear the Gospel message and receive invitations to learn more and to attend services.
• Listeners who aren’t ready to engage with the church or its members are directed to resources where they can deepen their understanding of the Gospel.
• More people who are interested in learning about Salvation will come to visit the church.
• Witnessing training can be specialized to be more effective in assisting the seekers who contact the church after hearing the radio broadcasts.
• A congregation’s witnessing outreach activities will receive more publicity and more unsaved people will attend.
• Advertising income can be used to pay for witnessing materials so that more of them are available and shared.
• A congregation that wants to add separate campuses where its teaching lessons are broadcast during services will find it easier to attract unsaved attendees.
In some cases, the airwaves near a church are fully committed to attracting lost people so that applying more of this method won’t be effective locally. These congregations can instead help another congregation to establish a radio network or station where there are no such broadcasts and access to the radio spectrum is available. Establishing such radio stations and networks will often be easiest to do in a lesser developed nation with few Christians and can be tied into supporting a local mission that a church already sponsors or would like to begin helping.
Connecting lost people to always-available, well-prepared witnesses who can discuss the Gospel (such as through Need Him — see www.needhim.org for details about telephone and chat access) helps more people gain Salvation through the following advantages:
• Seekers who develop an urge to talk to someone when the church is closed and the witnesses they know are asleep or away will be able to have their questions answered immediately.
• Helping seekers isn’t limited to interaction with the witness who made an earlier contact, which can be important when that personal connection has not been effective.
• The in-congregation evangelist can use the training programs of such witnessing ministries to help accelerate learning by its congregation.
• Inexperienced witnesses will feel encouraged to be more active, knowing that they have strong backup.
• Attracting the congregation to volunteer for such a ministry will lead some Christians to be more active because this type of witnessing appeals to them.
• The witnessing load on the clergy and most experienced witnesses will be reduced during late nights and weekends so that they will be fresher and feeling more energized while doing their regular witnessing.
Asking for help with witnessing in more ways and from more people is beneficial in so many aspects that it’s impractical to list them all. Let me mention just a few of the more important advantages:
• Many Christians are unsure who they should approach first and how that person should be contacted about gaining Salvation. As a result, a lot of effort may go into an ineffective approach to someone who has a very hard heart while other people well known to the witness are seeking and would be very open to the identical approach. Asking for suggestions about how to witness and to whom will help a Christian to reach more people whose hearts are ready for Him or warmer towards Him.
• The Holy Spirit often presents part of the answer of what should be done to one person and another part of the answer to another person. By being open to receiving help from as many people as possible in as many ways as are conceivable, it’s more likely that such Godly answers will be conveyed to and grasped by whoever needs them for more effective witnessing.
• When a particular witnessing lesson isn’t being understood or accepted, an in-congregation evangelist who asks for help will sooner learn what needs to be changed to get the point across.
• Many organizations lack financial resources to pay for staff, tools, and activities for witnessing. Asking for money more appropriately, more often, in more ways, and from more people usually means attracting increased funds, establishing fund-raising on a sounder foundation, and enabling witnessing that requires more staff and tools to expand more rapidly.
• Instead of feeling limited by opposition from Christians who disfavor teaching and encouraging witnessing, an in-congregation evangelist can draw on many supporters in the congregation, experts in encouraging witnessing who are outside the congregation, and suggestions from people with experience in comparable areas that can be successfully applied to neutralizing or turning around the opposition to witnessing.
Serving pressing, unmet physical and emotional needs helps make connections between witnesses and the unsaved that might otherwise not occur. Serving the Lord in these ways is also good for providing shy, inexperienced witnesses with the confidence and desire to share their faith with strangers. Moving past despair and trouble also frees up unsaved hearts to be more open to Him. Advantages in addressing such unmet needs include the following:
• After receiving much needed aid, a feeling of gratitude may make even those who might normally be hostile to Christians easier to approach about receiving Salvation.
• Many people instinctively reach out with helping hands and a willing heart to those with any need. While expressing caring in practical ways, the potential witness also becomes better acquainted with the unbeliever, which makes it easier to know how to best present the Gospel and when to do so. Ongoing assistance provided to a nonbeliever also permits the lost to observe witnesses and to learn how being saved changes someone’s heart and ways of living.
• Many Christians serving a particular unmet need also received similar help while they were lost, making them more eager and well equipped to pass forward the blessings they received to the unsaved through highly relevant testimonies.
• When temporary conditions cause the number of people with pressing, unmet needs to swell, alternative resources will usually be much less available than normal. Christian outreaches to serve unselfishly and humbly will stand out more at such times, making unsaved people more curious about the reasons why the support was provided and more grateful for receiving it.
People who are deeply mired in secret sins often see no way out of the compromises they’ve made, compromises that they often wish they hadn’t made. Because they haven’t received Salvation, they probably don’t realize that God still loves them and that they can be forgiven for everything they’ve done, no matter how awful. When someone in these circumstances finds out that hope remains, it can feel as though a ten-ton weight has been removed. If a witness also helps to point out day-to-day ways to escape secret sins, the joy experienced can be virtually boundless.
• Because they do not reveal their secret sins to others, these unsaved people don’t even enjoy the relief that sharing grief and problems with others can provide. Having a witness address the secret sin and be accepting of the person regardless can be quite a revelation to the secret sinner, leading to interest in learning about Salvation.
• Many Christians once felt guilty and condemned by the same secret sins. When witnesses who had engaged in the secret sins testify how accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior has changed their lives, their testimonies resonate powerfully with those who already regret their actions.
• Many people shun those they believe might engage in secret sins. As a result, lost people who sin in such secret ways often find that their companions are usually others who are equally mired in sin and lost. When witnesses reach out, the secret sinners receive the kind of warm, human contact that many yearn for.
• People who engage in secret sins can often be found in predictable locations. By visiting those locations, a witness with a good testimony concerning a particular secret sin can more rapidly develop great facility in appealing to those with a similar set of experiences.
• Because of the great relief that receiving Salvation brings, the newly saved secret sinners can often find satisfaction and sanctification in actively sharing their testimonies and experiences with secret sinners who are still lost.
I’m sure that you’ve thought of even better advantages and benefits of becoming involved in all of these witnessing activities. If you would like to share your observations with me, I would be glad to receive your e-mail addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s look now at how you can encourage the establishment, appointment, and full engagement of in-congregation evangelists who can inspire increased fruitfulness.
How to Encourage Fully Engaged In-Congregation Evangelists
“Go up to the top of Pisgah, and lift your eyes
toward the west, the north, the south, and the east;
behold it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan.
But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him;
for he shall go over before this people,
and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see.”
— Deuteronomy 3:27-28 (NKJV)
In Deuteronomy 3:27-28, God told Moses that he would not enter the Promised Land. Because God loved Moses and wanted to ease his disappointment, He directed Moses to climb to the peak of Pisgah from which could be seen a bit of the land Israel would fight for, win, and possess. Although Moses was not to lead the invasion and conquest, God reserved for Moses the important role of encouraging and strengthening Joshua, who would direct Israel’s army.
In the same way that Moses did not receive the assignment to lead the invasion, you may not have received the gift of evangelism; however, God may have reserved important roles for you in identifying, launching, encouraging, or developing fully engaged in-congregation evangelists.
What can you determine if you are to play any of those roles? I suggest you start by praying for guidance and by reading the Bible verses about witnessing in the appendixes to Witnessing Made Easy or Ways You Can Witness to learn whether you are called to encourage more witnessing by your church.
If the Holy Spirit speaks to your spirit through the prayers and Bible reading, the next step is to read all of those two books, taking notes as you do about how the lessons might or might not apply to helping your church witness more. In Witnessing Made Easy pay particular attention to the Pastor’s Prologue (which explains why witnessing is increased by having in-congregation evangelists who tutor and encourage for five minutes during each church activity and service), Chapter One (describing the full range of benefits from having in-congregation evangelists conducting five-minute tutorials), Chapter Nine (addressing how pastors can be more effective in leading their congregations to witness), and the Epilogue (which will help you focus on becoming a complete, continual witness and sharing what you have learned about encouraging witnessing with your pastor). In Ways You Can Witness, start by reading the chapters that your spirit first draws you to. Later, go back and read any chapters you skipped the first time through.
After these readings, develop a plan for how to present to your pastor what you have learned about encouraging witnessing. Polish that plan and rehearse your implementation of it. Pastors are busy people, and progress will be faster and more certain if you make the pastor’s consideration and evaluation simpler and easier. Be prepared to serve humbly in assisting your pastor to consider and evaluate what you share.
Once a positive decision is made to establish witnessing development activities, your pastor will need even more help. Let the pastor know all the ways you are prepared to assist, especially in organizing the search for an in-congregation evangelist, explaining the reasons for the new activities, and developing or providing any financial resources needed to engage in more witnessing development.
After the in-congregation evangelist is selected and begins work, that person will need lots of encouragement as setbacks occur: Some congregation members will strongly resist; some messages will fall flat with those who are open to doing more witnessing; financial resources may not develop as fast as everyone would like; and Christians may be slow to write their testimonies. The in-congregation evangelist can be strengthened by reminders that the Holy Spirit will carry into each Christian the knowledge that’s needed and that opposition can be a sign that the enemy who is in the world is responding because he’s concerned that the activity is working.
If through prayer you receive messages that could help the in-congregation evangelist, please share those messages in loving ways. In all cases, be sure to encourage other congregation members to let the in-congregation evangelist know that the efforts to tutor and encourage witnessing are appreciated.
You may also be called by the Holy Spirit to play a role in directly assisting the in-congregation evangelist. Be open to those opportunities. For instance, try to be one of the first people to write your testimony and to volunteer to describe the experience in a five-minute tutorial. You may then be able to assist others who are having trouble writing their testimonies. Or you may be good at researching and can help develop information needed to understand alternatives for establishing a radio station or network.
You might instead realize that you are someone who has received the gift of evangelism. You can receive some validation for that conclusion if you are already active as a witness, have experienced success, feel called to do more, and are enthusiastic about the prospect of helping others to know your joy in witnessing. Let’s look next at how you can work with your pastor to determine if you are the person anointed to be the congregation’s evangelist.
How to Become a Fully Engaged In-Congregation Evangelist
But you be watchful in all things,
do the work of an evangelist,
fulfill your ministry.
— 2 Timothy 4:5 (NKJV)
Many Christians are excited about the possibility of becoming an in-congregation evangelist for the wrong reasons such as pride, the flattery implied by the attention they will receive, having a platform for speaking their ideas to the whole congregation, and a misplaced sense of self-importance. As a result, Jim Barbarossa warns that those who are most eager to become in-congregation evangelists are seldom the ones who are anointed by God for that role, no matter how effective their witnessing experiences have been.
The reliable process for selecting in-congregation evangelists is simple: The pastor prays for guidance until the Holy Spirit points out the anointed person. As my co-authors and I warn in Witnessing Made Easy, being a great individual witness isn’t the most important indication that someone may be anointed as an in-congregation evangelist. The amount of formal Bible study someone has done also doesn’t predict who the anointed person is. For determining usefulness to God, the in-congregation evangelist succeeds more by being a tutor and encourager of witnessing than by being a witness, no matter how admirable or successful.
Let’s return to the sports world to consider why this might be true. After retiring from directly engaging in a sport, few top athletes ever become coaches of other top athletes. Of the ones who do become such coaches, only a small percentage of the former top athletes turned coaches turn out to be good at coaching. Many of those who become terrific athletic coaches were mediocre athletes. Their gift is in helping those with athletic talent to make better use of it.
Once you’ve been selected by the pastor, I suggest that you follow the directions in Witnessing Made Easy and Ways You Can Witness while seeking as much advice from my expert co-authors of those books as you find helpful. Keep your pastor fully informed of your plans so that you will also benefit from the pastor’s spiritual guidance. Ask everyone else to pray for you.
I think you will find that the role’s challenges relate more to being persistent, patient, and loving than they do to any intellectual, social, or spiritual difficulties. Remember that you are doing His will, and He will send the Holy Spirit to direct His people where they need to be. You will be in good company at all times and should act in full faith that you will succeed.
Keep the lessons of this chapter in mind as you prepare to read Chapter Two about nonwitnessing church ministries. I believe you will find that many of the lessons about accomplishing more witnessing as spelled out in this chapter and in Witnessing Made Easy and Ways You Can Witness also apply to nonwitnessing ministries.
Copyright © 2011 by Donald W. Mitchell. All rights reserved.