Emmanuel Baptist Church in Toronto joined the movement of D52. The goal is to do relational evangelism by holding community events where the church is able to connect with those who attend in a more personal and interactive manner.
One of the events we have developed is A Night of Romance. The pre-event is key. All the church couples who want to participate begin to pray for two couples they are friends with who are not believers. For an entire month, we pray for them twice a day, every day. It could be at 7 am and 7 pm or whatever times the church decides. The prayer has to be intentional and specific, based on Colossians 4:3–4 (NIV): “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”
All of the couples who plan to attend receive two invitations for A Night of Romance in order to invite one or two couples to the event.
At the dinner, each couple will have their own table. They will be served a four-course meal and will converse with one another about some questions based on Scripture about marriage. When the program and dinner are over, the couples have time to interact in order to build relationships. The pastor of the church closes by saying, “We hope you enjoyed this evening we prepared for you. Tomorrow we will be here for our Sunday service that begins at 10:30. I will be preaching a follow-up message from this evening, ‘How to Have a Healthy Marriage.’ You are all invited.”
The post-event for A Night of Romance is the most important. As the couples are leaving the event, every church couple that invited their friends invites them to their home for dinner the following week to debrief on how the evening went. This provides an opportunity to share the Gospel. If the Holy Spirit opens the door for a spiritual conversation, the Gospel is shared with the couple.
Emmanuel Baptist Church is doing this very well. They have some visits planned and are waiting to see what God will do when the Gospel is declared.
If you need help or want to do this at your church, please contact Cesar Parra.
Reprinted from the CNBC Horizon • April 2018