My grandfather used to say, “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” At the time I wondered why anyone would want to skin a cat, but I believed my grandfather had his reasons!
Of course, now I know that it was just a funny way of saying that there is more than one way to accomplish a job or task. In my last church we adopted as our Mission Statement, “Called by God’s Grace to make disciples as we minister to the needs of a broken world.”
Discipleship making, I believe, begins with Evangelism- inviting people to experience God’s love through Jesus Christ. Like “cat skinning”, evangelism can be done in more than one way. The #1 way is one on one sharing one’s faith with both words and deeds that proclaim Jesus’ invitation to “Come unto Him all who are burdened, and I Will give you rest “.
Over the years God has used other ways to share the Good News, including evangelists and missionaries.
More recently, the advent of social media has provided a new way to “skin the cat”. with the help of a Ga Tech student doing some class work we are hoping to use social media to invite folks to come worship with us and experience God’s love at Deer Creek... and it’s working! Last Sunday we had a delightful couple worship with us for the first time after seeing a brief video invitation on Facebook!
Friends we will continue to use social media, but it will never replace the one on one evangelism that everyone of us can do.
Who could you invite to church (and covered dish lunch) this Sunday?