No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats!

7 08 2007

lime-cat.jpg No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats!
Laura, age 13

Who are you trying to reach?

I think this is huge for any ministry. Who are trying to reach and How are you going to reach them. In many ways the church has placed barriers between themselves and the people they are trying to reach. We have approached evangelism like you would approach the bathing or baptizing of a cat, with much cohesion and struggle to get the “cat” to do what you want it to do. If realestate is location, location, location. Evangelism is relationship, relationship, relationship.

Who are trying to reach?

1. Know – What is the who, you are trying to reach? What does the typical family look like?

2. Focus – What are the values you actually do?

3. Do – Do what ever it takes to keep you values and priories in the right order.

4. Remember – Never forget that people do what they do based on what they value. What does God values, what do they value and what do you value?

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3 responses

7 08 2007
Johnny E!

Yeah, but the problem is most churches try to baptize the cat, and in the process, they end up drowning it.

7 08 2007
samluce

That comment will preach. How true that is!

7 08 2007
leahhart

I can’t believe you found a picture of a cat with a lime on it’s head….
and I completely agree with your relationship statement. As Christian’s, we have this poor idea that evangelism is talking with complete strangers where we shyly pass them a track, smile and tell them Jesus loves them.
And on the note of baptizing cats, I have to say that I give my cat a bath regularly. But the thing is, my cat KNOWS that it can trust me. That I’m cleaning him, not killing him. If more of our “cats” trusted us (which takes place through relationship), I’d bet they would be more open to “getting in the water”.

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