The Evangelism Ministry Team was initiated in 2017. Four neighborhood areas were originally targeted for door-to-door, in-person contact, in order to distribute information about Waples Baptist Church. These four areas were the Quail Ridge Duplex addition behind the church property, Old Granbury Road Estates addition, Ashley Oaks addition and the Meander Road Duplex addition.
After this goal was accomplished, the focus of the Evangelism Ministry turned to implementing a consistent and effective First-Time Guest contact strategy. This strategy resulted in the formation of our Greeter Volunteer Rotation Schedule and consistent, multi-method follow-up procedures with those whom God sends us.
All First-Time Guests not only receive a friendly, personal greeting upon crossing the threshold, but they also receive a tote bag containing the following: an attractive coffee mug with a scriptural message, a welcome folder packed with information about Waples Baptist Church’s ministries, activities and educational opportunities and a Thomas Rainer book entitled “We Want You Here”. Furthermore, all First-Time Guests receive follow-up contact after their visit, in the form of a phone call, an email and a hand-written card mailed to their address, thanking them for visiting with us.
But First-Time Guests aren’t the only ones receiving a warm welcome! The Evangelism Ministry Team also developed welcome packets for New Members, which were formulated to provide our newest Waples Baptist Church Family Members with all the information needed to dive into fellowship, service and spiritual development. New Member packets contain the following: a welcome letter from our Pastor, our Church Directory, a ministry and administrative leadership manifest, our Church Constitution, a current monthly calendar, the quarterly Education flier, a Spiritual Gifts Survey, a booklet detailing the Baptist Faith including a Message from the Baptist General Convention of Texas and an ‘Our Daily Bread’ Devotional booklet.
It is our prayer that our entire church body will follow The Great Commission handed down by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. We pray that our Heavenly Father will equip each of us to boldly proclaim the Gospel to a lost world. Furthermore, we pray for opportunities to portray the love of Jesus to all those whom God sends our way. Since we are deemed “…ambassadors for Christ…”, I am grateful to all our members who have invited or brought guests to our church, in faithful obedience to the command in 2 Corinthians 5:20.
As eagerly as our ministry strives, however; there is always room for improvement. So, if anyone has observations or suggestions for this ministry, I lovingly invite your feedback.
-God’s blessings to all, Donna Timmons
If you feel prayerfully led to participate in our Evangelism Ministry, please contact Donna Timmons, Evangelism Ministry Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 944-9600. If you would like to support this ministry with tax-deductible donations, please make your check payable to “WAPLES BAPTIST CHURCH” and write “EVANGELISM” in the memo field.