Do you have a Great Commission Conscience? Gary McIntosh and Charles Arn posed this question in a book What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensible Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church. He noted after years of ministry and research that church leaders should answer positively to 7 out of 10 of these statements; and that if a minimum of 20 percent of the congregation responds positively to this, then a church has a Great Commission conscience.
- I see the primary purpose of our church as responding to the Great Commission.
- I have participated in an outreach training event in the last year.
- I have invited an unchurched friend or relative to a church event in the last six months.
- I would support a motion to designate at least 10 percent of our church budget to outreach events and training activities.
- I would prefer that the pastor call on nonmembers more often than on members.
- I would be willing to take a new member or visitor home for dinner once every six months.
- I have intentionally introduced myself to a new member or visitor in the past month.
- I have talked with an unchurched person about my faith in the past three months.
- I have prayed for a specific unchurched person in the past month.
- I would be willing to be a pioneer in a new group or new church fellowship to help reach new people.
How did you fare?