• Dr. Mike Routt


On the first Sunday of this new year, our church family launched a new emphasis called “Who’s Your One?”  For the year 2020, every member of our church family is being challenged to pray about and build a relationship with one person who is not a follower of JESUS.

We hear the challenge of “let’s reach this city with the gospel!”  Well, it’s a rather daunting task for one person to reach 600,000+ people in one year.  But what if every follower of JESUS focused on building a relationship and sharing the gospel with one person ( yet realizing we should be obedient to share the gospel whenever GOD gives us the opportunity). Just what would happen if we focused on building a relationship with a specific person via...

A regular meeting for coffee at a coffee shop; Engaging someone in a mutually enjoyed hobby:  fishing, hiking, golf, running, biking, sewing, etc; Taking the person out for breakfast or lunch on occasion; Having the person to your home for a meal; Attend an event together: a movie, football game, theatre production, half marathon, etc.

J. D. Greear, the lead pastor of Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina (and other various areas of the country), cast this vision for his church family.  Now read what he says:

Imagine if every member of your church could answer that question with the name of a person—a person for whom they’re praying and with whom they’re sharing the gospel. How would it change your church? How would it change the world? 

God’s people don’t merely need another method for evangelism. What they need is a white-hot passion to see people who are far from God experience the new life He offers through Jesus Christ. 

It doesn’t matter how many buildings we construct, churches we plant or sermons we preach if we’re not intent on doing everything so that lost men, women and children will experience the transforming work of God. Without that one thing, we fail. 

That’s why we’re launching Who’s Your One. This effort is designed to mobilize every believer to identify one person in his or her relational network to pray for and share the gospel. At The Summit Church, we tried something similar. We kept asking our members, “Who’s your one?” It’s not an elaborate or complicated idea, but this simple idea led to our most evangelistically effective year to date. Because of this intentional push toward evangelism, we ended up baptizing more than 650 people that year. What an incredible joy it was to have people come up to me at church and say, “Pastor, this is my one.” Or to see them stand in the baptistery with someone and tell me later, 

“That was her! She was my one!” 

As you launch Who’s Your One and pray for God to use your church members to reach those who are lost, pray also about what God wants to do through you. 

If we’re going to move the evangelism needle in our churches, we’ve got to be modeling what we’re preaching. By God’s grace, we can all partner to reach our one.

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