It's impossible to lead a church to be evangelistic if we're not evangelistic ourselves.
We are so excited to have Dan Nichols, Executive Director of The Northeast Collaborative and Pastor at Restored Church in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on Episode 14 of The 95 Podcast! (Dan also taught us how to pronounce Wilkes-Barre, so that was fun.) We got connected with Dan a little over a year ago and have been consistently impressed by his leadership and passion for the Church.
This was a conversation filled with enthusiasm, honesty, and quite a few laughs. Dan had some incredible wisdom to share with church leaders and some down-to-earth reminders about the intended purpose of our ministries:
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Here are some key takeaways from today's conversation:
If we're not evangelistic in our own lives, we can't expect our churches to be. As a pastor, our example sets the direction for our church. It's impossible to lead a church to be evangelistic if we're not.
Do you have someone in your life that you are connected to that has no connection to faith? If we want to prioritize evangelism in our lives, it doesn't happen if we're not connected to those outside our Christian circles.
Learning how to ask good questions is crucial to effective evangelism. This requires listening and curiosity, but this is the foundation to building relationships with people who have a different outlook on life than you.
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Dale is the Executive Director here at 95Network. He has been in ministry for almost 40 years and is dedicated to helping small and mid-size churches get healthy. Dale has served in nearly every role of church leadership (except Worship Pastor), and has had a wide variety of coaching and consulting experience. He and his wife Gina have been married for 37 years and live in Greenville, SC.