I just finished compiling the statistical data for one week of Tent Revival Meetings in our community. Six local congregations joined together and hosted a traveling evangelist to preach each night Sunday â€“ Saturday. The events were held outdoors under two open tents which were set up at the base of a snow play sliding area (no snow this time of year!) The relationship between â€œefforts madeâ€ and â€œresults desiredâ€ are not encouraging to me.
We rejoice in the new salvations and rededications in Jesus, and we even held an outdoor water baptism on Saturday afternoon before the final evening. Having churches move together in unity of vision was probably the greatest result for me, which is the main reason our cell church participated.
However, setting up tents & tearing them down, making childcare arrangements work in an open field, training altar workers from 6 different churches (including a Spanish speaking congregation that hosted one evening), constructing portable lights and sound systems, permits from government agencies, working every evening at the tents until late at night, and calculating the human and financial resources needed for such a large effort, have all led me to reread Chapter 8 of Dr.Choâ€™s book, â€œSuccessful Home Cell Groupsâ€!! Let me transmit two short paragraphs here:
â€œWhen people heard I had set a goal of 500,000 for 1984, many asked me, â€œAre you going to have a big campaign? Are you going to have a city-wide soul-winning program?â€
I donâ€™t need any of those things, because I have a completely different philosophy of evangelism. Before I knew the biblical way of evangelizing, I thought the only thing to do was have a big revival meeting with all sorts of special speakers and programs. But with the cell system, we donâ€™t need any special programs at all. We are having revival every day, and it hardly takes any effort.â€
Oh my, how this rings true in my heart: to have healthy cells that â€˜naturallyâ€™ evangelize and multiply is so very effective and nobody has to be worn out for the 4 weeks following!
I am still trying to figure out whose electrical cords are in my car, leftovers from the teardown.