Start an Evangelistic Ministry
Getting Outside the Walls of the Church
How did Jesus win people? He served them. He met their needs and they followed Him. In Luke 4 Jesus tells why He came: to proclaim Good News to the poor and to meet the needs of the blind, the oppressed, etc. In other words He came to put good deeds with Good News. The church is called to do the same and it turns out this is the most effective way to win people to Christ in the 21st Century!
When we put good deeds with Good News, it...
- Creates good will in the community
- Enhances the image of the church
- Offers hope to the hopeless
- Loves people into the Kingdom
In order to do this the church has to get outside its four walls where lost people are.
- Demonstrates authenticity
- Is a witness by itself
- Creates a natural setting for sharing the Gospel
Many are the churches who know that, but they don’t do it because they don’t know how to go about it. How can they get started? Are there models that will help churches and individual believers win people by serving them? YES! Churches can conduct an Inasmuch Day.
1 - What It Is
An Inasmuch Day is one great day of ministry by a church to people in need in the church’s community. It is a proven model of community ministry developed by the ministry Operation Inasmuch, Inc., of Knoxville, Tennessee. It began in a Baptist church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1995 and has been used by about 1,800 churches in 21 states and 3 foreign countries.
2 - What It Does
The genius of the Inasmuch model is that it involves so many people by providing a simple, low-cost way for them to engage their neighbors. An Inasmuch Day mobilizes 50 – 75% of a church’s average attendance as the hands and feet of Jesus. It builds fellowship among the members, raises awareness of local needs, enhances the church’s image in the community, and creates natural opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the lost. One church leader in Navarre, FL, said: “I’ve never seen a church so excited!”
In 2012, 813 churches in 20 states reported conducting Inasmuch Day events mobilizing almost 39,000 volunteers and serving more than 161,000 people in need providing more than $5,000,000 in ministry. Hundreds of people came to faith in Christ as a result of these ministry events. In 2008, 2010 and 2012 Baptists in North Carolina conducted over 1,000 Inasmuch Day events in every county of the state. And here’s the best news—242 people came to faith in Christ as a direct result of these ministry events!!
An Inasmuch Day has been described as a “top-of-the-funnel” type of activity in that it offers people who have never served people in need or shared Christ with anyone an easy way to do so. Serving opens people to hear the Gospel and the more people who serve, the more sharing that takes place.
Would you like to see your church become part of this Compassion Revolution?
3 - How to implement an Inasmuch Day
In cooperation with the North American Mission Board and the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana, the Inasmuch ministry is pleased to offer resources and training to help SBC churches conduct an Inasmuch Day in 2014 or sooner to fulfill the Serving Across America mandate of God’s Plan for Sharing for that year. The following are resources by which to learn how to implement an Inasmuch Day:
Operation Inasmuch: Mobilizing Believers Beyond the Walls of the Church (book)*
Inasmuch Day Training Kit (books, training video and other printed materials)*
On-site training** (by a certified Inasmuch trainer) covering:
- Developing a vision for your Inasmuch Day
- Developing a time line
- Procuring projects and project leaders
- Tracking involvement and celebrating results
- Developing a communication strategy
- How to use Inasmuch as a tool of evangelism
- Keys to success
*Available at www.operationinasmuch.org/store
**Available for scheduling through Dr. John Rogers