I was with a ministry friend yesterday and we were talking about sharing our faith. He has a passion for God and a deep commitment to share the love, grace, and message of Jesus with those who are still far from the Savior. We got talking about how we all need accountability when it comes to sharing our faith and reaching out. He said, “I had a season where I was accountable to a group of leaders when it came to sharing my faith.” He went on to say, “I knew that these other leaders were going to ask me, on a regular basis, if I was reaching out to lost people and sharing my faith.” Then, he actually quantified it. He said, with a sad tone, “I probably shared my faith and reached out twenty times more when I knew someone was going to ask me about it. That accountability seemed to keep outreach on my radar.”
I loved his honesty! And, I was not shocked by his statement.
This dear friend loves people who are far from God. He wants to reach out. But, like all of us, he gets busy and it falls off his radar.
The simple commitment to accountability was a game-changer in his life. It kept outreach on the front burner.
Who keeps you accountable to reach out? Who asks you, “Are you spending time with friends who are still far from Jesus?” Who gets in your face, fires you up, and cheers you on when it comes to sharing the love and message of Jesus?
Ask at least one person to check in with you at least every 30 days! Have them ask you this simple question, “Will you tell me about the people you have spent time praying for, connecting with, and sharing the grace and message of Jesus with over the past month?” See if this accountability ramps up your engagement in outreach in the coming months.
If you want to learn to turn up your personal outreach temperature, consider reading, Organic Outreach for Ordinary People (more information on the books section of this website).
If you want to learn to increase your church outreach ministry, consider reading, Organic Outreach for Churches (more information on the books section of this website).
If you want to learn to make your home a place of outreach, consider reading, Organic Outreach for Families (more information on the books section of this website).