St. Stephen Church Mission Statement:
We exist to Exalt God in Worship
This is accomplished by regularly attending weekend worship services!
We exist to Evangelize God’s World
This is accomplished by regularly participating in FRANgelism (evangelism) inviting Friends, Relatives, Acquaintances and Neighbors to St. Stephen Services and Special Events!
We exist to Equip God’s People
This is accomplished by regularly attending Sunday School!
We exist to Express God’s Love
This is accomplished by regularly participating in the Missions that are sponsored through your Sunday School classes! Reaches out to non-believers with love and gospel message of Jesus Christ.Gives and guidance to those taking the walk of faith from a fear-filled living to a faith-filled living.
In following the mission statement of St Stephen Church the Evangelism Department exists to mobilize and engage every church member evangelize “our world”. Our objective is to win souls for Christ through proclamation and witness.
St. Stephen strives to be a “Great Commission” church. What does that mean?
The scriptures says, ” Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: God authorized and commanded me to commission you: 19 Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 20 Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:19-20 MT)
8 What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.” (Act 1:8 MT)
We are to be witnesses to the world.
Who is “our world”?
How do we witness?
I. Be an Inviter
This is how:
Start with your closest circle of acquaintances and outward
Friends & neighbors
Must be intentional
Make a list of un-churched or de-churched people you know
Determine the best way to contact them
Set aside time specifically for extending invitations
Just do it!
Methods: phone call, card or note, one-one conversation, special printed invitations, special one-on-one dates (ie invite that someone to lunch, dinner, special event)
Go the extra mile
Be willing to spend time with invitee
Be willing to listen to their story
Be listening for how you may help
Be willing to bring them to church
II. Join the Evangelism Team
· Teach methods for evangelism
· Teach ‘witnessing made easy’ (how to tell your story)
· Train groups on door to door canvassing
· Train group team leaders
· Assist other church ministries in evangelism efforts
· Establish an on-going presence at the Fountain Ministry of St Stephen
· Pray for the lost
Jesus said of himself, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10