My husband is fond of this saying: “The Shepherd does not produce sheep. Only sheep give birth to sheep.” What he means is, it isn’t the Pastor’s job to evangelize. Oh, he may do that as an individual, particularly if it is one of his spiritual gift. However, his role is to equip and motivate us, the lay people, to spread the gospel in our own environments, outside the church walls.
I’ll tell you a story about how this happens. Years ago, our daughter, Beth was friends with a little boy named Sean at her daycare. When her birthday came around, she invited him to her sleepover party (we joked this was our first and last coed sleepover). It was part of our family routine that if anyone spent Saturday night with us, we took them to our church on Sunday morning. So Sean and some others went to Sunday School and worship before we dropped them off at their homes. On the way back to his house, Sean kept saying, “I love that church. I wish I went to that church.” So we asked his mom if we could start picking him up and taking him along. She agreed that would be fine.
As time passed, Sean’s mom and younger brother started showing up at church sometimes. First at special events, then more often. Finally his dad came, too. In fact, eventually Sean’s dad became the President of the congregation. When he gave his testimony years later, he did not credit the Pastor, the Cullers(our family), or even his son with his conversion. He said he was simply loved into the church by the caring friendship of the people he met. That’s what the laity can do!
You’re one of the sheep. There’s someone in your family, your neighborhood, or your workplace who needs a friend to introduce them to Christ. That’s all it takes. Don’t be afraid. He’ll do the rest.