I am very intentional when it comes to soul winning.
If you were to look in the “notes” section of my Blackberry you would see a number of lists. I have a list of “contacts”, a “hit” list and a “hot” list. As well, there is a “new” list. I work all four lists almost every day.
Let’s admit it pastors – we could be stuck in our offices all day, every day. There is always more paperwork to do, more things to read, more e-mails to answer. But, admit it – you really didn’t sign up to be the paid secretary or administrator of your church. So, what should you be doing? You should be out talking to and listening to people. Afterall, this is what ministry is really all about. People! Just get up from the desk – leave the computer screen and go out and meet people. Not Christians! Go out and meet the average person in your area who is going to Hell when they die unless someone introduces them to Jesus.
Here is what I do – intentionally. When I meet someone and find out a name and phone number they go into my “contact” list. I don’t have to know them well. Usually I meet them at a community event, the gym, a school function, or even in a store – strike up a conversation and find out a name and a phone number. I try to contact them again within a month – and again, and again. As long as it stays friendly and activity oriented they stay on my “contact” list.
If I can move the conversations into spiritual things (not as hard as you think) then the name is electronically transferred to my “hit” list. This means we are in to some good conversations on a sick family member, the purpose of life, what happens after you die, what Heaven is like, or other questions and conversations dealing with spiritual or eternal issues – or, at least, topics I might be able to turn slightly to get into something spiritual or biblical. I then contact them and coffee with them more frequently – every other week.
If these conversations hit home and our relationship allows us to chat more and more about spiritual issues and I can sense that they are hungry for what the Lord Jesus and only the Lord Jesus can offer them – then they are getting hot so I move them electronically to my “hot” list. Now I try to be in touch (phone call, encouragement note, coffee time, dropping in to their place of work) weekly.
When they recognize their need for a Saviour because of the sin in their lives, repent with godly sorrow and turn to the Lord they are then transferred to my “new” list. This means I am now responsible to see that they are planted in a local church, discipled in the basics of the Christian faith and then equipped and released to minister. I keep them on my “new” list until they are integrated into a local church and have become part of a small group where they can be accountable to others for their progress as a believer.
Some times I am blessed that they are then told of a five-fold calling upon their life and I often have the privilege of mentoring them into their calling and teaching them how to ministering supernaturally with their gifts.
All of this is very intentional. I leave my study just after lunch most days to meet with people from one or more of these lists. I spend from 1:00 to 5:30 with people and then head home for supper and an event in the evening where I fellowship and teach believers. Please note – I spend the morning in the study with my Lord and my Bible and assorted other books. Here I pray, fellowship with the Lord, study, and write teachings. I really have very little time in any given week in my office. I simply didn’t sign on to do paperwork.
It may be time to make some intentional changes to your work day. It may be time for less Christian fellowship and more outreach coffees and chats. It just may be time to become determined to win the lost at all costs and begin to make the changes needed to free yourself to be about your Father’s business. Jesus came to “seek and save the lost” and we should be out doing the same on a daily basis.