Ray Evans gave another helpful paper in the first part of the morning on growing a believers' church. He made seven main points.
1. Equipping for a 'whole life' service not just service
This included commendation of Mark Goode's books, Thank God it's Monday and Fruitfulness on the frontline.
2. Equipping for a whole of life evangelism not just church evangelism
Acts 16 a suggestive blueprint. Inviting people (go and tell) is the easiest and most effective means of reaching people. Others need to be reached through caring for them and servng them. Thirdly, going to people to tell them is important too.
3. Equipping for organic go and tell evangelism
This questionnaire was commended as found for example here
People should be encouraged to know how to share their story (life adn witness must, ofcourse, match)
4. Encouragiing the exploring of space and time
Too often (says Mark Greene) mission becomes "to recruit the people of God to use some of their leisure time to join the missionary initiatives of church-paid workers".
5. Understanding journeys to faith
Patience and impatience, etc
6. The power of example, the difficulties of choices and the cost of mobilising the whole church
7. Colossians 4 - another blueprint