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Published on June 27, 2014

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On The Street Where You Live •John. 4:35 - Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. (NIV) •Matt. 9:37 - Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (NIV) 1The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live •The Truth About The Black Community Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of the book, Disintegration, and MSNBC TV Commentator, says the largest single group in the very diverse Black American Community is the “Mainstream Middle Class Majority.” 2The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Truth About The Black American Community Robinson also says that there are three additional groups: 2. A large, Abandoned Minority – Inner City Poor 3. A small Transcendent Elite – Oprah Winfrey, etc. 4. Two newly Emergent Groups – people of Mixed Race heritage and communities of recent Black Immigrants 3The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live The Truth About Black Adventist Congregations The largest single group in Black Adventist American congregations, especially in large metropolitan areas, is our Middle Class membership. 4The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live The Truth About Recent Evangelistic Efforts • In recent times we have over- professionalized our evangelistic efforts. • In recent times “Big-event” Evangelistic successes are in decline among Black and White American Adventist congregations. 5The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live The Truth About Recent Evangelistic Efforts • In recent times hired Bible Workers have become the major source of our baptismal successes 6The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live The Truth About Recent Evangelistic Efforts • Over recent decades we have taken our members out of direct soul winning efforts by hiring Bible Workers almost exclusively. 7The Middle Class Member Initiative

On the Street Where You Live The Truth About Recent Evangelistic Efforts • Hired Bible Worker’s “knocking-on-doors” are largely unwelcomed in all Middle Class neighborhoods including Black ones. 8The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live The Truth About The Task Ahead Question? • Should we abandon the use of Bible Workers in our evangelistic efforts? Answer? No! Why? Because it is the most effective, if not the only method, currently leading to baptisms and church growth. 9The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live The Truth About The Task Ahead • But it should not and cannot remain the major or only source of baptisms into the American Seventh-day Adventist Church--- if we are going to “finish the work” in these United States. 10The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live The Truth About the Task Ahead • We must expand our reach into the largest community of Black people in the United States – The Black Middle Class! 11The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live The Times Demand Change • While it is true that Middle Class neighborhoods, black or white, are not welcoming to strangers ringing their bells or knocking on their doors, • It is also true that they will open their doors to their neighbors whom they know by name or by sight 12The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live The Times Demand Change 13The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Ask Them • Ask them to join in an all out effort to reach their middle class neighbors with spiritual things • An effort that will change the conversation with their neighbors from home improvement to spiritual enrichment 14The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where you Live Ask Them • So let us begin with spiritual things. • Lets all join in tithing our time! “The Stewardship of Time!” • There are 168 hours in a week (112 of these are waking hours). 15The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Rebuilding the Family Altar • Think of what can happen in our homes and churches if our members joined in a serious and faithful commitment of time using the following formula: 16The Middle Class Member Initiative

On the Street Where You Live The Stewardship of Time a. Hours for sleep 56 b. Hours for work 40 c. Hours for commuting 14 d. Hours for chores 10 e. Hours for meals 14 f. Hours for daily devotions 07 Rebuilding “The Family Altar” - 30 minutes morning (Devotional Book) - 30 minutes evening (SS Lesson) 17The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Stewardship of Time Con’t g. Christian Outreach 03 - Prayer with neighbors - Simple better living ministries h. Prayer Meeting 01 Total 145 hrs. Hours Remaining 23 hrs. 18The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Stewardship of Time Con’t • Sabbath Hours 24 hrs. • Worship Services 5 hrs. – Sabbath School 1 ½ hrs. – Divine Worship 2 ½ hrs. – AY. 1 hr. Miscellaneous: 7 hrs. Church Prep 1 ½ hrs. Meal time 2 hrs. Travel time 1 ½ hr. Outreach/Study 2 hrs. • Rest 8 hrs. • Other things/activities 4 hrs. 19The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Starting with simple things • Our success in future soul winning efforts in this highly technological, convenience oriented, religion-on-demand age, 20The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Starting with simple things • is inextricably tied to reigniting the passion for witnessing in all members, but especially Middle Class members, because they are the largest single group in our membership. 21The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Starting with simple things • So let us begin this reigniting of passion for direct witnessing, with you and with your middle class neighbors, next door and across the street. 22The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Starting with simple things • We begin with a simple personal non- threatening entry-level spiritual neighborhood activity. • Praying with your neighbor! 23The Middle Class Member Initiative

The Territory A safe and familiar place Both Sides of the block or cul-de-sac on the Street Where You Live! (Don’t do as the song says; Don’t ask the Lord to “Enlarge Your Territory” just yet. You have a few things to do). 24The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Simple Things in your neighborhood • You know your neighbors and they know you - by name or by sight • Does not need a group to meet at the church • Does not need a group leader • Does not require gasoline or transportation 25The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Simple Things • Solicitation permits are unnecessary • Refreshments are unnecessary • Babysitting service at the church is unnecessary • Opening and closing the church is unnecessary 26The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Simple Things • Gated community? No problem. You already live there and have the entry code • Does require interest in the spiritual well- being of others • Does require courage and commitment 27The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live A Simple Thing to do • Knock on a neighbor’s door with an invitation to pray with them; for family, neighborhood, city, nation, etc. –In the doorway with everybody at home invited to join in –Do not go inside and do not accept food or drink 28The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live A Simple Thing to do • Ask them for any special prayer requests that they may have (take a note card with you to record special requests) • Requests are to be given to prayer groups previously prepared to receive them at your church 29The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live A Simple Thing to do • Check back the next week, or as the Holy Spirit leads, to see HOW, not if, the Lord is answering your prayers of faith 30The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live A Simple Thing to do • Do not get pushy or “overly Adventist” by seeking to give Bible studies, etc. • Wait for your neighbors to ask for more of what you have to offer as their prayers are being answered. The Middle Class Member Initiative 31

On The Street Where You Live A Simple Thing to do • Be patient! • After a time but only as the Holy Spirit leads, you may want to begin a 10 Minute prayer ministry on your block/cul-de-sac with all your neighbors together 32The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live A Simple Thing to do • You may want to do it on a home rotation basis once or twice a month • Again be patient as the Holy Spirit gives you wisdom and patience. 33The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live Faith and Confidence! I John 5: 14-) 15 (NIV) 14. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15. And if we know that He hears us- whatever we ask-we know that we have what we ask of Him. 34The Middle Class Member Initiative

On The Street Where You Live The Lord wants you and Your church needs you! 35The Middle Class Member Initiative

PREPARATION FOR HOLDING NEW MEMBERS! The Lord wants you and your church needs you! 36The Middle Class Member Initiative

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR Here is a suggestion: 1. In October of the year before a public reaping meeting is planned, let the members know that the church will begin training a post-evangelism team 37The Middle Class Member Initiative

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR Let them know that the responsibility of the post-evangelism team will be to ensure that newly baptized members remain faithful in the Truth, and in the church, for at least their first 365 days of SDA membership. The Middle Class Member Initiative 38

“THE DEFENDERS!” 2. In November before year of implementation, choose the oldest Adventist members who know the Truth from top to bottom (“The Defenders” of The Faith), and that you are reasonably sure will not go out to knock on doors. In fact ask them privately to tell you if they think door-to-door work is something they can or will do. The Middle Class Member Initiative 39

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR THE KINDNESS CRUSADE • On Sabbath afternoons before AY and Wednesday nights before prayer meeting, teach them to be kind and patient. Spend huge amounts of time emphasizing kindness and patience. 40The Middle Class Member Initiative

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR • In fact you may want to find a sociologist/psychologist from nearby colleges/healthcare institutions who will partner with you to teach these vital skills to your members in this class in workshops or special guest presentations. The Middle Class Member Initiative 41

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR • On Sabbath afternoons before AY and Wednesday nights before prayer meetings or any other time that may be convenient, rehearse with them the doctrines and the history of the SDA church. The Middle Class Member Initiative 42

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR • They should also study the book “The Art of Gaining Decisions” which may still be available in some Regional Conference PM Depts. • Let them know they have three months to master the material. The Middle Class Member Initiative 43

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR In March let THE DEFENDERS know that their assignment is to work with newly baptized members. They will attend the meetings to observe those guests who are attending the meetings They will divide the names on the list of newly baptized members among themselves as the baptism is in progress. 44The Middle Class Member Initiative

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR • They will introduce themselves to those just baptized, if they are not known to the new members, and begin immediately developing a friendship. • Their kindness and patience training will begin to show value from the very beginning The Middle Class Member Initiative 45

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR •The Defenders must make an appointment with the newly baptized members on their list, to arrange a meeting in the newly baptized member’s home during the week immediately following their baptism. •(Preferably the Tuesday evening following the Sabbath baptism) The Middle Class Member Initiative 46

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR • Have the newly baptized member invite to that meeting, in the new member’s own home, members of their own families, and friends who are interested in knowing why they have joined the SDA church The Middle Class Member Initiative 47

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR •The Defenders assignment is to help the newly baptized member defend themselves in their new found faith before family and friends. •We all know that immediately after baptism, relatives, friends, the un churched and even former pastors, pounce on the newly baptized member with all available feet. 48The Middle Class Member Initiative

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR •The new member is sure they have made the right decision for Christ but they maybe unable to adequately and confidently explain their new found faith in Jesus. •Our well-trained prayed-up seasoned Defenders will be there to help them stand like the brave. The Middle Class Member Initiative 49

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR • Unable to explain all of the Truths in one night, The Defender and the newly baptized member, extend an invitation to family and friends to continue the explanations on the next Tuesday evening * Out of those meetings in the new members homes may come additional Bible studies that lead to acceptance of these wonderful Truths by others. The Middle Class Member Initiative 50

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR • The meetings in the new member’s home should continue until we are sure the new member’s roots are securely planted. 51The Middle Class Member Initiative

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR • The frequency should decrease as the new member grows in confidence or they indicate that the meetings have been sufficient. • At all costs, do not allow the meetings and your presence to become a nuisance. In other words, do not wear out your welcome. 52The Middle Class Member Initiative

THE DEFENDERS: CLOSING THE BACK DOOR Remember, the Truth needs no defense from human agencies. However human agents need the ability to defend themselves in the Truth. The Middle Class Member Initiative 53

The Final Section Nurturing All Newly Baptized Members A vital part of holding new members is nurturing them. Historically we have not done well in this arena. So here are a few suggestions to reverse the trend. We begin with a definition. Nurture: 1. care given to the young; 2. encourage somebody or something to flourish The Middle Class Member Initiative 54

Nurturing All Newly Baptized Members • Nurture all newly baptized members with three, six, nine, and twelve month celebrations The Middle Class Member Initiative 55

Nurturing All Newly Baptized Members • Provide all newly baptized members with books and periodicals that deepen their Adventist Roots Example: Worship Book for the year, Adventist Review, Message Magazine, Church Manual, Selected Spirit of Prophecy books Suggestion: Fund it from the annual Personal Ministries Department budget of the church 56The Middle Class Member Initiative

Nurturing All Newly Baptized Members The Program Specifics • Baptismal Anniversaries – 3 month - One book in the Conflict of the Ages Series » Add to that a Sabbath School attendance award – 6 months - Second book in the Conflict Series. » Add to that an AY attendance award – 9 months - Third book in the Conflict Series » Add friends and family attendance award – 12 month - Remaining books in the Conflict Series 57The Middle Class Member Initiative

Nurturing All Newly Baptized Members Call the program “Countdown 365” The objective is to hold the newly baptized members in faithful church membership for at least 365 days of sustained spiritual growth and Christian fellowship 58The Middle Class Member Initiative

Nurturing All Newly Baptized Members Design a special one-year new membership pin (“Countdown 365”) by your church to present to the new members on the anniversary of their baptism or on the Sabbath closest to it • Look for other books and materials to recommend to the new members to continue the nurturing process The Middle Class Member Initiative 59

We End Where We Began • John. 4:35 - Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. (NIV) • Matt. 9:37 - Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (NIV) The Middle Class Member Initiative 60

We End Where We Began We cannot witness, win, and nurture best without our reignited, reinvigorated, recommitted Middle Class membership. “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev. 14:12 (KJV) The Middle Class Member Initiative 61

We Close With A Simple Prayer “Lord, please give me the faith and courage to do these simple activities. By your Spirit please prepare my neighbors and my church to receive these simple acts of faith and fellowship and do them… 62The Middle Class Member Initiative

We Close With A Simple Prayer …Help me to speak and pray with my neighbors and my fellow church members with words that lift their spirits, not self-righteously nor condescendingly, but as one also standing in the need of prayer. Amen.” 63The Middle Class Member Initiative

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