The Most Overlooked Outreach Resource
by Lee Strobel
Sitting in your church today are individuals who have an incredible amount of evangelistic potential. And though uniquely positioned for maximum impact, they’re largely overlooked and often frustrated. In a very real sense, churches are squandering this valuable resource.
Who are they? The Christian wives of non-believing husbands.
As Thom S. Rainer, dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., discovered in his research: “The wife is the most important relationship in reaching the unchurched.” That’s a big statement!
Among those surveyed who had been influenced by a relationship to come to church, one-third of them said the biggest factor had been their wife. Rainer stressed: “We cannot overstate the importance of wives in bringing formerly unchurched persons to Christ and to the church.”
In light of the untapped potential of unequally yoked Christians, Rainer wondered why churches are not systematically encouraging and training them to reach out to their non-believing mates. That’s a good question for all of us…
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