Pastor Challenge For 2015 (#1)

Pastor Challenge 2015 #1
(Please share this with your pastor and/or pastor friends.)
—Every Week Let A Different Person Share A 5 to 10 Minute Salvation Testimony During Sunday Worship—
* This is extremely powerful as ordinary people share from the heart how they first encountered the living Christ and how He is working in their life.
* It clearly demonstrates that Jesus is working in 21st Century people.
* It creates a contagious excitement in the congregation.

cardboard testimony
Dare U try it, preacher?
Go ahead, give it a go!
If you do, God will show up and show out!

Here’s a testimony to the effectiveness of this challenge:  In 2008, my wife and I were asked to start a church for The Salvation Army.  From the beginning we implemented this challenge.  Every week we asked a different person to give a 10-minute testimony by sharing 1) what their life was like before they met Jesus; 2) how they met Jesus; and 3) how their life is different since meeting Jesus.  In the first year-and-a-half we had about 70 different people share their testimony.  We invited all of our born again friends to come and give their testimony, as well as people recommended to us by others.  Some of them stayed to become part of the church.

Every testimony was different, but powerful.  Hearing so many people tell how they got saved released a great excitement among us.  We highly recommend this challenge!  (It’s more powerful than the Ice Bucket Challenge.)

Check out Pastor Challenge For 2015 (#2).

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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2 Responses to Pastor Challenge For 2015 (#1)

  1. Pingback: A Challenge For Pastors In 2015 #2 (Let the living Jesus lead a church meeting.) | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  2. Pingback: Alive! 55+ and Kickin’ (The Power of Personal Testimony) | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

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