The Gospel Road System

The Gospel Road System

An Evangelism System for the Local Church.

I have lived in Alaska for 10 years now. Alaska is an incredible state...full of big mountains, big animals, big fish, big water, & big earthquakes! With the sheer magnitude of our state comes uniqueness which creates challenges for ministry unlike any state within the continuous US.

Did you know that Alaska is twice the size of Texas, yet only 1/3 of our state is accessible by road? Two-thirds of the people in Alaska live off of what Alaskans call a road system. In other words, if you want to see, visit, or minister in our state, you must fly, boat, or snow machine into many of our state’s villages and communities.  This makes ministry “off the road system” very expensive and challenging.

Although there are unique challenges to ministering off the “road system”  in Alaska, I have perceived many parallels which plague the American church. Many of the churches in American have pateaued and/or are in decline. Bob Briner writes, “We have created a phenomenal subculture with our own media, entertainment, educational system, and political hierarchy so that we have the sense that we’re doing a lot. But what we’ve really done is created a ghetto that is easily dismissed by the rest of society." Briner’s statement is a strong indictment of how the church has created a subculture that is only suitable for Christians. In other words, the church has lost it’s road system to the communities and culture.

Just like much of Alaska lacks a road system to connect communities with other communities, many churches in America lack a “Gospel Road System" linking their church with their communities and culture. The Gospel is the “Good News!” It’s only good news if it is told! Through this blog, I hope to bring awareness to, address, and resource the American church with proven and strategic evangelism tools. This blog aims to mentor, motivate and educate the local church with best practices and proven tools, helping churches unpack a system of evangelism for their own local communities.

The Gospel Road System is a compilation of the reseach I have learned while writing my Doctoral project for the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary on church growth and evangelism as well as insights into what has helped us grow True North Chruch from less than 100 to over 1500 in just over four years. In 2018, True North Church was recognized as the 26th fasting growing church in America by Outreach Magazine.

The Gospel Road System for the Local church is comprised of the following three components:
1. The Pastor and His Team
2. The Marketing and Promotional Plan of the Church
3. The Evangelism Temperature of Those in the Pew

If each of these three components are activated and leveraged correctly, our churches can more effectively build Gospel Road Bridges into their local communities and begin to have a great influence over culture. Let’s have fun developing road systems to our communities! Let’s make heaven richer and hell poorer in Jesus’ name!