10 steps for implementing GPS
    January 19 2010 by Chip Arnhart & Jerry Pipes, Baptist Press

    As Southern Baptists prepare to implement “God’s Plan for Sharing: Across North America” in the coming months, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) offers 10 steps toward reaching the goal.

    1. Pray.
    Mobilize your church to pray for all lost people in your community and your church’s efforts to reach them.

    2. Determine your territory. Which homes will your church touch through prayer and the “Find It Here” gospel distribution? Check with your association to identify other participating churches so as not to overlap efforts.

    3. Order “Across North America” materials. The Pastor/Church Preparation Guide is available for free at gps2020.net or order a copy for a small fee by calling (866) 407-6262. You may be able to order plastic bags and Find It Here gospel drop-in pieces from your association. Find contact information at gps2020.net. You can also order promotional items at Outreach.com by searching for “Find It Here.” Or find North Carolina specific materials at www.finditherenc.org.

    4. Update your church’s profile. Visit sbc.net and view your church’s listing, and if necessary, correct your church’s information. Churches can make changes to their online information anytime using their 7-digit SBC ID# (the same number used for the Annual Church Profile) by going to churchsearch.net. Be sure the address listed is your physical address and not a P.O. Box. Those looking for church homes during this campaign will be sent to this web site to find churches in their area.

    5. Become an ERC Covenant Church. The information from individuals contacting the Evangelism Response Center is sent to Covenant Churches for follow-up. If your church is equipped and registered as a Covenant Church, then the contact information of people accepting Christ in your area will come to you. For more information about Covenant Churches call (770) 410-6383 or e-mail erc@namb.net.

    6. Provide your congregation with evangelism training. 

    7. Prepare your church for company. Easter Sunday will be a day when many people visit for the first time. Be sure this isn’t their last time visiting by preparing to welcome and incorporate them.

    8. Keep it simple. Across North America consists of four simple steps:

        a. A three-week targeted media saturation March 20 through April 11 (TV, radio,     billboards, newspapers, etc.).
        b. Prayer walking your community on the weekend of March 20.
        c. On March 27 distributing clear bags containing a “Find It Here” gospel drop-in piece     and an invitation to your Easter services to each home in your territory.
        d. Conducting a five-week follow-up process after Easter.

    9. Make Easter Sunday, April 4, special. Because of your prayers and hands-on work to distribute the gospel, many lost people will be at your Easter Sunday services. Take full advantage of this time by clearly presenting the gospel and providing an opportunity for people to respond.

    10. Celebrate what God has done. Host a baptism celebration, reflect with thanksgiving on the changed lives, praise God for the number of believers trained and rejoice about the revival experienced in your community. Let God continue this transformation in your heart, your church and your community.

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Arnhart is resource coordinator for the North American Mission Board’s spiritual awakening team, and Pipes is the team’s leader. If your church is going to be involved, please share information or photos with the Biblical Recorder by contacting Dianna Cagle at dianna@biblicalrecorder.org.)

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