From research about why young adults are leaving the church
to why so many churches are plateaued or declining, it’s not hard to find
evidence pointing out the desperate need for transformation in churches across
The latest study from LifeWay research takes on a different
Transformational Church focuses not so much on the negative
trends as it does on what needs to happen in order to reverse those trends.
A major part of seeing transformation in the church comes
when churches stop measuring success by the numbers and start measuring success
by whether or not lives are being changed.
Find it Here 2011: Embracing Christ is an effort to help
churches focus not on building a larger budget, or bigger buildings, or better
attendance, but to focus on helping people obey the commands of Jesus Christ to
follow Him and abide in Him.
This type of life transformation only comes when churches
are committed to making disciples.
“Through a simple and intentional discipleship strategy,
churches can decide how to customize the Find it Here emphasis to make
disciples in their own context,” said Lynn Sasser, Baptist State Convention of
North Carolina (BSC) executive leader for congregational services.
“Through Find it Here we pray that North Carolina Baptist
churches across this state will, by the power of the Holy Spirit, develop a
disciple-making culture in the church that leads to radical lifestyle changes.
We pray this will produce disciples who are ready to follow Christ no matter
Find it Here 2011 includes two emphases: Following Christ
(spring 2011) and Abiding in Christ (fall 2011). With each emphasis churches
are encouraged to commit to:
- Pray for disciples.
- Preach on discipleship.
- Teach discipleship in classrooms and in homes.
- Make disciples by participating in a 2011 Easter
- Be disciples in the community by serving.
Free resources to help churches carry out the Find it Here
emphasis are available for download at www.finditherenc.org. This site features
videos, sermon outlines, Bible study lessons and prayer/devotional guides.
Churches can also sign up and pledge support to making this a year marked by
Find it Here 2011 is the second year in a three-year
emphasis on evangelism, discipleship and missions. The first phase of Find it
Here, evangelism, kicked off last year. Churches committed to intentional
evangelism and to baptizing new believers.
Discipleship cannot happen without evangelism because
discipleship cannot begin until a person has heard the gospel and received
Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
Therefore, pastors and church leaders are asked this year,
as they were last year, to lead their churches to do the following:
- Pray for non-believers (family members, friends, neighbors
and work associates) by name.
- Invite those non-believers to attend the Easter Sunday
morning worship service.
- Preach an evangelistic sermon and extend an evangelistic
- Baptize new converts on Easter Sunday or the Sunday
Missions in 2012
The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 does not end with
baptism, nor does it end with making disciples. Believers are commanded to make
disciples of all nations — which means believers are to take the gospel to
those who have never heard, whether crossing the street to talk with a neighbor
or crossing the ocean to share the gospel in a place void of any evangelical
Missions is the focus of the final Find it Here phase. This
phase will be introduced to North Carolina Baptists later this year so they
will be ready to launch a missions emphasis in 2012.Similar to last year’s Find
it Here evangelism focus and this year’s discipleship focus, resources will be
available to help North Carolina Baptists learn what it means to be on-mission.
“The biblical command from the Lord is to live missional lives,” said Chuck
Register, BSC executive leader for church planting and missions development.
“Missions involves a strategic, intentional, verbal communication of the
gospel. We must develop a missions lifestyle.”
When all three aspects of Find it Here — evangelism,
discipleship and missions — work together to produce life transformation among
believers, churches are changed, communities are changed, and more people hear
about the salvation that only comes through Jesus Christ.
For more information about Find it Here visit
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