Instead of a standard missions conference, which hadn't received the desired attendance over the last few years, Redeemer went with a missions week instead. This week was marked by a season of prayer/prayer meeting for personal/communal revival, an ice-cream evangelism workshop, a local but soon-to-be ongoing mission project, faith promise giving, and various donations to local and foreign missions. Our hope was that every member would somehow participate and be touched by Jesus' commission to make disciples of all nations. By spreading out mission opportunities over the week, many more participated this year.
Anyhow, I figured a brief article borrowed from Justin Taylor's blog was quite apropos as a missions/evangelism follow-up. In our culture, one simple but often forgotten phrase seems to open up the door to the gospel, perhaps more than any other: "How can I pray for you?" It seems a more loving way to move towards sharing the gospel than other evangelism methods which start out telling folks they are adulterers, murderers, and thieves. Check out the article here.