This article draws attention to the fundamental shift taking place within most Western cultures: North America and Europe are now viewed as a mission field, This shift is requiring churches to make substantial adjustments in both their self-understanding and their ministries. The implications of this shift for the church—from having a church-shaped mission to being a mission-shaped church—is explored.
Evangelism should be the work of the whole congregation. To carry out this responsibility the church must be enabled by the Holy Spirit and equipped by the office bearers.
Christ entrusted evangelism to the local church. To argue this point the article looks at evangelism as defined in the New Testament, the theological foundation of evangelism, the church as the agent of evangelism, preaching as the chief instrument of the church’s evangelism. and the local church's communication of the gospel.
This article provides some encouragements for church leaders and members to help cultivate an evangelistic culture in the local church, with a view to compelling believers to engage with the unbelieving world.
A church that is adapting and reformulating everything it did in worship, discipleship, community, and service in order to be engaged with the society around it is a missional church.
Mission work is undertaken by the church as a response of faith to God and with the expectation of blessings from God. Therefore, those doing mission work should give priority to the preaching of God's word, and leave the outcome in God's hands.