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Bringing in the harvest!

PLEASE first make sure you have decided why you are doing a program and read the definitions for how we decided on the ratings and what the rating mean here >>>

It is very important for every church to have an evangelism plan as we can see in the 5 STEPS to Effective Evangelism. There are many seminars to choose from but the first thing you need to decide is which STEP of Evangelism are you initiating. We all like the harvest, but it takes time to get there. But if you are ready for the harvest their are several ways to initiate that process.

 

There are two main categories for harvest programs:

1. Public or Group harvest - Prophecy & Other Religious Seminars

2. Personal or Private harvest - Bible Studies

Of course there are many, many programs and tools for each of these two categories. You pastor or local conference likely has many resources they can offer for such programs but you may be over whelmed by the options, or perhaps you are in a remote area, very limited on funds, or unsure what is the right one. For ideas and helps on prophecy seminars click here >>>

 

What about personal harvest? Do we need to wait for the church to put on it's annual program (or sadly every 5 years in some churches)? MUST we invite friends, family, and contacts to a prophecy seminar to convert them? NO of course not! We can appeal to their hearts ourselves. If you've already befriended someone and then moved to spiritual topics from time to time in conversation you can simple ASK them if they would like to do a Bible study. It's not that hard. There are lots of colorful, easy to use Bible guides or BETTER YET do a Bible study with them using your own Bible and a simple Bible marking. Both can be found here >>>

 

Appeals, Altar Calls & Tips for Success!

No matter which program you use for a harvest you must understand altar calls and appeals and their value.

"It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convince the soul of its need of Christ. Many are convicted of sin, and feel their need of a sin-pardoning Saviour; but they are merely dissatisfied with their pursuits and aims, and if there is not a decided application of the truth to their hearts, if words are not spoken at the right moment, calling for decision from the weight of evidence already presented, the convicted ones pass on without identifying themselves with Christ, the golden opportunity passes, and they have not yielded, and they go farther and farther away from the truth, farther away from Jesus and never take their stand on the Lord's side. Now the minister is not merely to present the Word of God in such a manner as to convince of sin in a general way, but he is to lift up Christ before his hearers. Christ's claims upon them are to be made plain. The people should be urged to decide just now to be on the Lord's side. {Ev 283}

Example of a successful harvest program:

"Elder _____ has had wonderful success in this series of meetings. His method has been to make scripture explain scripture; and the Holy Spirit has convinced many hearts of the truth. The people can but accept a plain Thus saith the Lord. . . . He has lectured only in the evening, when men are released from their work and can come out to hear. After a few weeks of labor he presented the Sabbath, again making the Bible prove every statement. The first meeting on Sabbath was held in the large tent. After Elder _____ had finished speaking, there was a social meeting, and then he asked all who were convinced of the truth and were determined to take their stand to obey the Word of God, to rise to their feet. Fifty responded; their names were taken and a meeting appointed in which they should bear their testimony. Many had excellent words to speak. . . . After several weeks had passed, another call was made for those who had decided to obey the truth. Between twenty-five and thirty responded. Several ministers were present at this meeting and bore excellent testimonies.". {Ev 283-4}

 

We see the key ingredients for a successful harvest program in this one quote above.

1. Make sure people can actually attend. This is often evenings for most communities. But if you are focusing on elderly you may do morning or afternoon meetings, single mothers may come during the day while their children are at school or you may need to provide day care for working single mothers and hold the meetings in the evenings. For a community that has lots of shift workers - find out the days they work or don't work OR repeat meetings.

2. USE the Bible to explain the Bible! We don't need hundreds of quotes and hours of explanations from men.

3. Take the time. It was several weeks or meetings, before presenting the Sabbath (or other controversial topics). Learn how to read people!!! Don't push to fast or move too slow. "As an interest is about to close up, be careful not to ripen it off too suddenly, but keep the confidence of the people if possible, that souls who are in the valley of decision may find the true path, the way, and the life." {Ev 295.1}

4. Appeal. Call people to make an intelligent choice. Don't just let them sit there thinking it over, but ask them to make a decision for truth. Some speakers do this every meeting or every couple meetings. It can be a rhetorical question, raised hand, or written on a very short survey card (best method most of the time).

5. Altar call. Ask again! At the end of the meetings or better yet the last two or three meetings, ask people to make a final decision this time publicly. Stand or come to front. Get them to physically latest to their convictions.