There is unlimited potential among the congregants in your church. Since our first GCRC Rollout in the spring of 2012, we have listened and learned of a multitude of “affinity groups” that are being engaged or can be engaged with the gospel. Remember that an affinity is any group with anything in common (common ideology, common concern, common activity, common skill, common interest, or common age).
In each of these groups there are people that are lost in need of a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. They are in every church sitting in small groups and worship every week. These believers with unlimited potential have various interests and relationships in different affinities for which they have a passion that can be channeled for the gospel with the aim of resulting in getting people to church and ultimately to Christ.
We must be intentional in our response to the Great Commission and intense in our pursuit of the lost. We have to see those fields that Jesus says are “white unto harvest” through redemptive eyes.
Here is a list of those we have had others mention to us during our Q & A time at the conclusion of our rollout: Nascar, Golf, Hunting/Outdoors, Scrapbooking, Bikers, Financial Clubs, Campers, Skateboarders, Hikers, Flea Marketers, Bowlers, Softball Players, Little League/Rec Ball, Travel Ball, Gamers, Military Wives, Waitresses, Teachers, Prisoners/Wives/Families, Technology Training, Mud-Boggers, Miniature Race Cars, Hot Rods, Car Club, Music (Instrument), Art, Gardening, Plant Grafting, Adoptive Parents, Crocheting, Trail Bikes, Foster Parents, Band, Cooks, Pilots, Public Safety, Long Bow Hunters, Athletes, Quilters, Whittlers, Miniature Car Racers, Apartment Dwellers, Special Needs Groups, Grief Recovery…
This is in no way an exhaustive list. As a matter of fact we learn of new affinities every time we conduct a rollout. Let me challenge you to identify the different affinities in your church. One way to do this is through a survey that you could put together.
Remember, this is not rocket science. Keep it simple. Keep it fresh and challenging. Tap into the unlimited potential in your church.
Regional State Missionaries seek to develop relationships with associational missionaries, pastor, and staff, networking with them in order to minister, create a cohesive spirit, and support cooperative work among all churches. Three Regional State Missionaries are available to assist churches. As a field-based ministry, they have the availability of all the resources of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board to assist associations, churches, pastors, staff, and church leadership. Offices are located in Augusta, Valdosta, and Monroe.