The Great Commission is the instruction of the resurrected Jesus Christ to his disciples that they spread his teachings to all the nations of the world. Every believer should always be ready to share the Gospel (good news) with those they come into contact, but we believe that a church should have an organized time in which to pair up and go to different communities within your area on a consistent basis.
Plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes early. For example, if you plan to conduct O.D. from 7pm to 8pm on Thursday evening. Be sure to schedule the start time for 6:45pm to give an opportunity to set up clipboards with Survey Sheets and Visitation Record sheets. Place tracts, church brochures or other pamphlets out so that each individual will have some. Then you will be prepared to pray as a group promptly at 7pm and depart as pairs to your respective community areas.
One individual will be the SURVEY CONDUCTOR and will share the Gospel while the other will be the RECORD KEEPER who keeps track of the addresses visited, and prays. You can switch roles after each survey… depending upon the experience level or comfort level of each participant. Each participant should dress wearing nice casual clothes. We recommend slacks and a (polo) or shirt with a collar. Also, be sure to carry a new testament in your back pocket so that it will be readily available if needed.
Practice your introduction.
A nice friendly introduction will go a long way in helping the occupants feel at ease and they will be much more apt to participate with the survey.
Hello, my name is ______NAME___ and this is Mike. We are visiting from _________CHURCH________and we are just out trying to meet some of our neighbors that live here in the community with us.
We are not trying to take you away from your church home or anything, but we are currently in the process of doing a little Neighborhood Survey, which just helps us see as a church how we might be able to serve the community a little better.
The survey is only 10 short questions and only takes a few minutes. Would you be willing to help us out? (don’t forget to smile and nod your head).
Use Neighborhood Survey sheet. (download- Neighborhood Survey)
Great. Again, my name is —– ——. Could I get your name for the Survey?
(NOTE: Individuals are much more likely to give you their full name if you give them your full name first. )
Do’s and Don’ts for SURVEY
Do NOT enter the residence (males) of a female if she is home alone. If the individual is a female and she invites you inside her residence, simply decline and ask if you can conduct the survey from the doorway.
Do NOT attempt to fill in all the information blanks at the top of the survey such as phone numbers and children’s names. This is way too much information for complete strangers to be asking for! This information is optional can be filled at the end of the Gospel presentation if the individual makes a profession of faith and would like more information.
Depending upon how they answer questions 10 on the Survey Sheet. If they say NO, be sure to give them a tract and invite them out to church. The question is designed as positive choice question, so their choices are that they are “willing to do” or they are “willing to listen.” Either way, be prepared to use a tract, Romans Road, or your preferred method for witnessing to them.
DO NOT interrupt your partner while he is sharing the Gospel unless he asks you to help. If the record keeper chimes in, it diverts the attention from the one doing the witnessing and breaks the train of thought and will inevitably get the conversation off track.
DO- Pray At this time the record keeper’s job is to PRAY silently and make every attempt to prevent distractions from interrupting the presentation of the Gospel… entertain kids or whatever needs to be done.
DO – Try to dress nice casual. A nice collared shirt and slacks is preferred. Jeans can be worn also if they are clean and neat.
At the close of the presentation, the survey conductor may ask the record keeper if he would like to add or share any closing thoughts.
Using the “ARE YOU GOOD ENOUGH” tract
Here is a little tract I’d like to leave with you when we’re done. It’s titled, “Are You Good Enough… for Heaven?” Based upon your answer to question 9, you said that you were about 80% sure that you would go to Heaven.
You seem like a really Nice Person… Would you consider yourself to be a GOOD person?
Have you ever heard of the “Good Person Test?” It’s a test we like to use to determine if you would go to Heaven if you were to die.
Turn to the 3rd page, Good Person Test and proceed. Try to use the persons first name a few times throughout your presentation, it goes a long way in keeping their attention and keeping them involved.
How many lies have you told in your entire life-time? I don’t know, a bunch. What do you call someone who tells lies? They would be called a liar.
Have you ever stolen anything or taken anything that did not belong to you?… This includes a ball point pen from work, downloading music from the internet or even cheating on a test at school. Have you ever done any of those? What do you call someone who steals things?
Jesus said if you have ever looked at someone with Lust or sexual desire, then you have committed adultery already in your heart… Have you ever done that?
Have you ever used the Lord’s name in vain or without giving Him due reverence?
Now that is very serious. The Bible says that, “the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”
Have you always obeyed your parents and done what your parents told you to do… right when they told you?
How do you think you did on the “Good Person Test?”
There are 5 FACTS that you need to understand about Salvation and Eternal Life.
FACT #1 is that we are all guilty sinners. None of us are perfect.
… and by your own admission you are a lying, thieving, blasphemous, disobedient, adulterer at heart. If God were to judge you by that standard of righteousness, do you think He would find you innocent or guilty on the day of judgment?
Do you think God will send you to Heaven or Hell for breaking His Commandments?
Well the truth is we have all broken God’s Laws and fallen short.
FACT #2 is understanding that there is a penalty for sin.
God is Holy and Just, He must judge sin… He can’t just turn His back upon your sin.
The Bible says: “[He] will by no means clear the guilty”, “For the wages of sin is death;” and that “all liars, shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire”
That’s the Bad news… but there is Good News found in FACT #3.
We are saved by God’s grace and mercy.
FACT #4 is understanding that Jesus is the only way to heaven.
Do you know what Jesus did for you?
The final FACT #5 is understanding that Personal faith in Christ is the answer to your sin problem.
True faith in Christ is repenting of your sins and trusting in the completed work of Jesus Christ for Salvation.
You can have full assurance of your Salvation!
Do you believe the GOSPEL (good news)?
1) Do you believe that Jesus is both fully God and fully man?
2) Do you believe that He left Heaven and gave His life on the cross by shedding His innocent blood as a sacrifice for your sins?
3) Do you believe that Jesus rose again from the dead three days after he was crucified and had victory over death?
4) Are you willing to confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and place your complete trust in Him alone for your salvation?
You should call upon the name of the Lord.
So what is next for a brand new believer?
Ask your partner if they have anything to add or share. Be sure to invite them to services and ask if they are interested in setting up a discipleship Bible study. Now would be an appropriate time to obtain additional contact information such as phone numbers or email addresses.