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Pastors Key to Church Evangelism

Posted by thelamp on February 11, 2007

A new study by LifeWay Research, a research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), found that churches excelling in evangelism have pastors who emphasize winning souls. Researchers interviewed staff from several SBC churches and determined that the senior pastor’s involvement was the most important determiner of a church’s success at evangelistic outreach.

Click here to download and listen to the report.

In the study, LifeWay Research focused on churches that had baptized at least 26 people each year for 10 consecutive years; had overall worship attendance growth during the same 10 years; and had a membership to baptism ratio of no more than 20-to-1.

In interviews conducted with staff members from those churches, LifeWay’s researchers found the involvement of a senior pastor to be the most critical factor when it came to winning souls.

According to the study’s findings, in every case senior pastors set the tone for the whole church, leading not only in terms of preaching and encouraging people but also by example. This underscores the importance of God calling out leaders who set the pace.

LifeWay Research’s findings indicated that many churches simply are not intentional when it comes to evangelism. However, among those congregations that lead the denomination in evangelism and baptism, senior pastors were shown again and again to be the most outstanding feature.


One Response to “Pastors Key to Church Evangelism”

  1. Chris said

    I think you have the wrong audio link. Here’s the correct one. When you get to the page scroll down and you’ll find the study on church evangelism.

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