In the weeks leading up to Easter, God’s people were sharing about Him throughout Lubbock.
Seventy-seven area Baptist congregations worked together to attempt to share the hope of Christ with the entire city leading up to Easter. Volunteers from congregations canvassed the area handing out bags with gospel presentations and fliers for local churches. The effort is part of the pilot project of the Southern Baptist Convention North American Mission Board’s GPS: God’s Plan for Sharing.
Lubbock was one of six cities across the nation that participated in the pilot effort. The Baptist General Convention of Texas helped support the effort by providing funds to print the materials as well as leadership training through its Engage XP Evangelism Conference in Lubbock. NAMB’s GPS campaign and the BGCT’s Texas Hope 2010 initiative to share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010 dovetail well together.
Robert Storr, pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church, said his congregation multiplied its outreach efforts tenfold for the pilot project, distributing 3,000 bags of items that shared the gospel and promoted the church in one zip code. The congregation typically passes out 300 fliers near Easter.
“Our attendance has picked up,” he said. “Our giving has picked up. It has been exciting to see the commitment of our people.”
Steve McMeans, pastor of Indiana Baptist Church, encouraged the church’s volunteers to pray as they walked the streets of Lubbock. God needs to move in order for this effort to be effective.
“What we are trying to do is make some sort of effort to reach out to our community,” he said.
Scott Willingham, BGCT local church evangelism specialist, praised the work of Lubbock Baptists.
“God’s people, working together collaboratively, effectively shared the hope of Christ to Lubbock,” he said. “The pilot project in Lubbock, along with five other cities across the nation, paved the way for the gospel to be presented to every home in Texas and the United States. These are exciting days!”
Ed Sena, director of church services and plants for the Lubbock Area Baptist Association, said participating churches are now being surveyed for feedback about the project. What worked and what did not work will be considered and forwarded to NAMB representatives who will use the information before launching the evangelistic initiative throughout North America next year.
“We are receiving e-mails daily from our pastors,” Sena said. “All in all, it’s been a home run. We’ve developed unity of spirit and unity of mind in our efforts.”
Reporting from Baptist Press was used in this report.