* How do evangelism and discipleship relate to the ministry in your church?
Pastor Darryl Simmons – We are only beginning this process, but we are seeing growth within those that are new to the church. For example, a new convert was convicted about his giving of his tithes. He is now excited about giving unto the Lord and if he is late or has to leave before the offering he makes sure I know he is giving his tithes. That is what we want to see in our people, an excitement for serving the Lord.
Reverend Al Ivy –Evangelism becomes a strong witness for Christ, and discipleship is teaching Christ as well as living so that Christ may be seen in you.
* Are there any last comments you would like to make?
Pastor Darryl Simmons – I want the people to respond to the spirit of God, so that where they are is an answer to problems. What God has for you, is the answer to problems. God has you as the solution to a problem.
Reverend Al Ivy – I feel evangelism has become a part of the everyday life, for the true believer, discipleship as well. Last but not least, the evangelist is called and given authority to go from place to place. If the Lord will send him, this is a gift given by God for the purpose of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
These churches are small congregations but they are growing. The pastors of both of these churches have only been in their roles for five years or less (at the time of this interview). The pastors desire to grow their congregations spiritual maturity. This is so the congregation is then able to spread the message to others. It is important to teach the members of the church how to live a life pleasing to God. The church is responsible for ensuring the growth of the new convert. It does not benefit the new believer to take the important step of salvation but do nothing to grow spiritually. A vital lesson can be learned about discipleship and evangelism.
It is important to teach believers how to live a holy life. A new believer cannot be expected to just know what is necessary they need to have the word made plain to them. The role of the Pastor, ministers or leaders is to ensure teaching is being done within the local congregation. We must not expect the new believer to understand the importance of evangelism until they understand why reconciliation is important first in their own life. Once the new believer is taught the importance of God within their daily life, they can then understand the importance of sharing God with others.