Evangelism needs to emphasize faithfulness to God’s call to
proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, using the talents and resources
available. A broader understanding can free congregations to dream big
dreams and to see new possibilities. They do not need to feel compelled
to evaluate their efforts in terms of large increases in membership.
Rather, says Pastor Ruffcorn, such congregations can emphasize both
inward and outward aspects of nurturing their own members and reaching
out to their neighbors. This can be done by words and through actions
in an intentional and relational manner.