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How does trust and evangelism connect?

Do people trust us as leaders that we are asking them to do something that is good?

This is an honest question that requires transparency and evaluation.  There are all the definitions of leadership that are out there and one that is very simple is that leadership is influence.  I think this is a great summation of all the values that a leader possesses in that by influence a leader helps followers to perform an action.  Sometimes that influence can be by force and there are negative consequences.  A great leader though leads by example that empowers people to emulate their actions.

I watched a training about how to double your attendance at Easter.  One of the first points that was mentioned was one that I have admittedly overlooked in serving and encouraging others to participate.  The point was made of how there is a connection between the trust a leader receives and the evangelism in the church.  There was nothing scientific about this statement that was made, but I wonder about the science that would exist behind this kind of connection.

Think about the correlation:  if someone trusts a leader more, they are more willing to follow themselves, while they are also more willing to invite others to join along.  The counterpoint would be that if there is distrust between a leader and followers, then not only are the followers not as apt to follow but they also will not invite others to follow.

Think about how this was applied to the first century church.  The greatest obstacle that it seemed the apostles faced was their complete trust in who Jesus is and the promises that He made.  Once that trust was firmly established the church was ready to follow him, not out of compulsion but out of a desire.  Then as we see on Pentecost, their trust in Jesus was contagious to the people surrounding them.  This trust grew more and more and more.

Now I understand that in the church today that there is our ultimate trust that stands to be upon Christ.  There are many churches today though that face trust issues with the overseer's that God has placed in specific church fellowships.  The interesting fact is that the church was established to be a growing organism.  It is designed to bring people in that need to trust Christ as their Savior.  This trust is also to extend to the God called leaders that have been placed in churches to lead their fellowships to grow as well.  Find simple ways that you can build trust as leaders or with the leaders that God has placed with you.

This can happen through being leaders and followers of integrity while maintaining good communication.  Then the more that this trust is established and built among leaders and followers, then the more people will get excited about what the leaders are asking the followers to emulate in their lives.

Once this trust is established between a leader and their followers especially in the church, there will be a great evangelistic movement to occur.  As people trust the leadership they are more willing to emulate their lives and to invite others to join in their emulation.  Then as a leader is showing people the truth of Christ in their lives, this trust for what is being taught is received greatly and will even encourage further invitations to occur.

So check your trust factor in your church.  Do people trust you as a leader?  Do people trust that you are leading them to somewhere better?  Are they willing to follow you because of obligation or by positive influence.


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