Knocking on doors sparks attendance, yields baptisms

"Mark Bishop has knocked on about 200 doors a week since he arrived six months ago at Highview Baptist Church – Valley Station Campus. In that time, the campus pastor has seen attendance triple to nearly 300 and baptized 37 new believers." BPNews

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We usually ring the bell instead of knocking on the door.  I thought of doing a Babylon Bee type post about how outdated knocking is now that the doorbell has been invented, but in all seriousness, this has become a fun ministry.  We try to do it in a way that we are not pestering people, but rather ministering to them. 

We knock or ring and wait for an answer.  If none, we leave a door hanger.  I am not sure how effective the door hanger is, but we are starting a new church and it at least gives us some exposure.  If someone comes, I introduce myself and tell them we are starting a new church and then I ask them if they have any prayer requests or anything we can help them with. It is amazing how much people relax once they find out you are there to give rather than to take.  Of course, some people tense up and look busy or annoyed.  I figure those people probably will not listen to anything more I say anyway, so I just hand them a flier and tract and leave.

If they continue to talk and are not trying to get away, I will share the gospel.  We have not seen a lot of people coming to church because of this-yet, but we have had a lot of opportunities to share the gospel with people who did not understand it before.  It is such a joy to share the good news.  We would love to see increased attendance, but our main goal is to have people understand that they need to be reconciled to God and that Jesus is the answer.  We have been accomplishing our goal and thus there is great joy in this ministry.

We have 4 boys, ages 9 down to 5 and I take one or more of them along.   This has been a big help.  A man with kids along is much less intimidating than a couple of guys with white shirts and black ties on bicycles.  We have been encouraged about how many people are thankful that we stopped to share the good news with them.