Evangelism & Church Culture Part 1

Updated: Nov 18

Quite often, I get the question, "What are you guys doing there?" Some pastors ask me this question because they are curious about how our church sees people saved, baptized, and added to the church almost weekly.

We make a big deal about these things on social media because THEY ARE A BIG DEAL! We post these updates weekly because we are celebrating that the Holy Spirit is at work here, and we are excited about what is happening at our church. Are you excited about what's happening at yours?

In this episode, Aaron and I discuss what attracts people to River City Baptist Church, how we engage our culture and the methods (we find) that work best for modern-day evangelism. Here are the key items Aaron shares about building excitement at River City:

1. Every church must emphasize missions.

  • Remember that - The mission of the church is missions.

  • Where you sow an emphasis, you will reap a harvest.

  • Ask yourself - Why are you at your church?

2. People must be excited about your church.

  • Stop for a second and think about what you are doing to get people excited about your church.

  • Here's a list of what every church needs:

  • A welcoming team to greet everyone coming to church

  • Good signage that tells people where to go

  • Gifts for visitors (we exchange gifts for a connection card)

  • A warm, friendly congregation that sees visitors as a privilege, not a nuisance

  • Consider highlighting some of the lives that have changed at church, through testimonies and spotlights - video testimonies are great for this! (Check out the sample below)

  • Each service should begin not with just song singing but with engaging worship.

  • Worship should always be followed by dynamic Bible preaching.

  • If your people are not excited about church, why not?

3. The pastor needs to work on constantly improving his preaching craft.

  • If 80% of a church service is preaching, and you're not constantly working to improve yours, why not?

  • Most of the time, people will stay if the singing is bad. They will not stay if the preaching is bad.

  • Please listen to the podcast series on preaching to help you with some tips on improving your pulpit communication.

Let us know if you agree or disagree with these thoughts by reaching out to us. If you want to be a guest on the podcast specific to this topic or any other topic, you can email our producer at

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