ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Southern
Baptist churches have an opportunity to set aside one “Big Day” this fall to
focus on the importance of every individual being prepared to share their
Also known as Soul-Winning Commitment Day, the event can be customized with a
variety of training opportunities, sermon ideas and other tools to reflect the
needs of individual churches, according to Dick Church, church evangelism and
resource coordinator for the North American Mission Board’s personal evangelism
The mission board sponsors the annual emphasis, which has a suggested
date this year of Oct. 3.
“The goal of Soul Winning Commitment Day is to encourage pastors and church
leaders to dedicate one day of the year to motivate, inspire and challenge
church members to make a commitment to reach beyond the walls of the church and
engage in some form of evangelism,” Church said.
For some, he said, that might mean committing to take a course on how to share
their faith. For others, it might be a commitment to participating in
visitation or outreach events.
Others might simply commit to looking for
opportunities to share their testimony of how Christ has changed their life.
The theme this year is “Every Believer Sharing,” which ties into Southern
Baptists’ 10-year “God’s Plan for Sharing” (GPS) initiative launched this year,
A key GPS goal is to equip every believer to share the gospel, he
Resources for the Big Day include a comprehensive planning guide that can
provide either a full turn-key plan for churches to implement or a set of tools
to customize their own emphasis.
Some churches have chosen to utilize the “One
Hour Witnessing Workshop” during their Sunday morning worship service, for
instance, while some pastors might craft a sermon using points from a sermon
outline and offer opportunities to make a commitment. Among other resources are
Sunday School/small group lessons and drama scripts.
All resources can be downloaded free at www.thebigday.org.
(EDITOR’S NOTE — Dotson is a writer for the North American Mission Board.)