Roll Tide and War Eagle!

footballIt’s been a l-o-n-g, dry, empty six months…but now life has kicked off once again. March Madness is back in the asylum and college baseball is an Omaha memory. Once again, the skies are blue, the breeze is cool, the grass is green and life has meaning. It’s football season in Alabama.

They stamp our birth certificates either Alabama crimson or Auburn orange and blue. We start fighting in K-5 over who is best. There are no Saturday weddings in football season. We name our kids Bear or Nick or Cam.  As we see it, football’s the greatest team sport in the history of the world.

Evangelism is a team sport too. Let’s train others to speak of Jesus in teams as well as on their own. Jesus did. He went to evangelistic dinner parties with the Twelve; he sent his men out two by two. Peter and John spoke together when in the Temple. Paul lived and worked with evangelistic teams.

Help your folks realize their evangelistic strength. Is it prayer? Hospitality? Connecting with others? Teaching? Encourage them to compare these strengths and form evangelistic teams. They can be fantastic.

Lyn never met a stranger. She can connect with anybody. I can teach the Bible interactively in small groups. Lyn’s husband is a quiet behind the scenes helper. Many of our friends prayed like souls truly did hang on threads. We worked together and enjoyed evangelistic Bible studies with over 20 unbelievers.

Scott had business friends who enjoyed Monday night football and a few beers, so we got together on Monday nights. They enjoyed talking with the “token preacher” about women, work, family, football and Jesus. Meanwhile, Scott learned to do likewise.

Outreach teams reduce the fear factor, play to strengths, multiply involvement and present a community view of our faith. Team up with one or two others and reach out together. After you have some experience, train others to do the same. As I see it, it’s the greatest team opportunity in the history of the world.

 

 

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About Rick Oglesby

Rick has worked as a church planter, pastor, missionary, Bible College President and teacher. He currently pastors in Wellington, Alabama.

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