An Inside Church Census

When I was pastor of a little country church, we took a census of our neighborhood and only found seven prospects. Then we decided to take an inside church census and found about forty-five prospects. Many of these were won to Christ later. An inside church census simply is what its name implies. Take a census of the house in which each member of the church lives. Ask each member to take his own census bringing to you the name, age, spiritual condition and address of every person who lives in his house. It is shocking how many people live in the houses of our members and do not attend our churches. This is an especially good idea for churches in rural areas and small towns where prospects are not abundant.

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