What would it take to boost evangelism and baptism numbers among Southern Baptists? Johnny Hunt says the answer is pretty simple.
“If just 10 percent of the people who attend our churches prayed for and reached just one person,” Hunt said, “the results would be the best year for baptisms our convention has ever experienced.”
And Hunt is setting out to help Southern Baptists accomplish it. As the senior vice president of evangelism and leadership at the North American Mission Board, he wants to catalyze an evangelistic movement across the Southern Baptist Convention with the upcoming “Who’s Your One?” Tour.
Earlier this year, NAMB and SBC President J.D. Greear launched the Who’s Your One initiative as a way to encourage pastors and equip them with resources to challenge church members to focus intentionally on one person who needs to hear the Gospel. Now, the tour will focus on extending that momentum with the goal of drawing in more churches across North America.
“I’ve been blown away by the response from pastors and churches,” Hunt said. “I’ve said that what we need is not another evangelism tool or program but a renewed heart that burns with passion to see friends and family come to faith in Christ. I’m hopeful and expectant that this tour will do just that.”
Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., will host one stop along the tour. Senior pastor and immediate past SBC President Steve Gaines believes Bible-believing Christians want to see people come to know Christ — but they often fail to share out of fear and intimidation.
“Southern Baptists must return to our roots by once again emphasizing the joy and privilege of winning lost people to Jesus one on one,” Gaines said. “We must verbally share the Gospel with them and give them the opportunity, then and there, to repent of their sin, believe in Jesus and receive Him as Lord and Savior.”
NAMB is working with various state convention leaders and local churches to bring the tour to fruition.
“My prayer for the Who’s Your One Tour is that it would be a catalyst of passion and practicality here in Texas and beyond for our pastors, leaders and congregants,” said Shane Pruitt, state director of evangelism for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. “May this tour remind us of the Gospel in our own lives, then spur us on to share it with others.”
At each stop of the tour, which begins Aug. 11-12 in Fayetteville, N.C., attendees will join a Sunday evening rally and have the option to participate in an evangelism workshop the following Monday morning. The workshops are open to all who want to attend, and while everything is free, registration is required to attend the workshop.
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Source: Baptist Press