We are in the middle of a Life Focus series at North Side entitled “Invest and Invite” focusing on relational evangelism. I was reading a book by Thom Rainer called Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and have read some…uh…surprising insights from the unchurched.

In the area of reaching out to the unchurched, I came across a staggering statistic: “Only one person is reached for Christ for every 85 church members in America.” 1 to 85! That is why a current goal of the SBC has devastated me – the goal is for every Baptist church in South Carolina to baptize at least one person in one year. I haven’t heard the results yet, but the last I heard was hundreds were going to miss the mark.

Now I am not trying to judge anyone or any church, but I want to remind us as believers that we do not have BAD NEWS but we carry the GREATEST NEWS of all – Jesus Christ loved this world enough to carry our sins on his crucified shoulders and can give us eternal life. That is not something to be ashamed of but to shout it from the mountaintop.

Invest and Invite

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.