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John Wesley

John WesleyJohn Wesley (1703-1791) the English founder of Methodism would have been amazed at the potential for church growth available through the media, the internet and television today. But is something lost over the airways? Is the personal touch lacking? Is not a personal relationship essential in evangelism? Whenever the word evangelism is used, we think of the late Dr. Billy Graham (1918-2019) at the podium expounding the Scripture on a late evening TV program. In years gone by, we might perhaps have recalled another itinerant faith healer in his expensive looking suit in a large striped tent on the parking lot of the local mall. The term "evangelist" conjures up so many different ideas centering around performance and the "big show" which in some ways is akin to a Barnham and Bailey Circus or even the "Cirque du Soleil" entertainment today.

Television Churches

Crusade EvangelismWhile many of the gifted men of God like Graham or Wesley performed an effective ministry within the church as a whole, the big flaw that people like Dr. Graham was quick to acknowledge was that very often they did not always build up the local church as they should. More often they tended to construct mini-churches where followers never met each other, their collection went in the mailbox, and they worshiped in the living room in front of the TV. For this reason, Billy Graham invariably concluded his broadcasts with, "Be sure to go to church this Sunday." In his heart, evangelism church growth was his great desire for the local church. He once said, "Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ."

"Evangelism Church Growth"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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