Want to be a "Centurion"?

Read in this issue how others are doing it?

By the editors.

This is an enlarged MINISTRY-64 pages instead of the usual 48. It is emphasizing evangelism and will bring both information and inspiration to our readers. Great things are being accomplished in some areas of the world field, and these pages set forth the techniques that are bringing suc­cess.

Prominence is given particularly to the public preaching of the Word. "Centurion Evangelism," by which we mean those who baptize 100 or more during a year, is especially emphasized. We would not reflect adversely on anyone whose service for God does not permit him to make such a record. But it is always inspiring to see the leading of God's Spirit when large numbers unite with the church. "Centurions" are to be found in many parts of the world. In talking with these successful soul winners we have noted that although such men work in different areas, often using vastly different methods, they all have one thing in common, that is, a sincere appreciation for the work of their fellow ministers and the untiring efforts of loyal lay­men who labor so diligently to make the program a success.

Teamwork in evangelism is absolutely vital. Other things being equal, the stronger the team spirit and the more united the group, the greater will be the results in souls won. More important than the location, more decisive than either the time or the budget, is the spirit of the evangelistic team. It was the oneness of the apostolic program that made the early church invin­cible. Ormant states it well when he says: "A great leader never sets himself above his fellows except in carrying responsibility."

A few years ago one of our headquarters staff, E. E. Cleveland, formu­lated a plan to inspire men to greater efficiency in evangelism. Not only through his instruction in better techniques but also by emphasizing "The Men of the Century." Some who for years had been baptizing 25 to 30 a year had their sights lifted and today are winning 100 and even 200 a year.

There are many "Centurions" among our workers in the British West Indies. And to these can be added men from Colombia, Australia, French West Indies, United States, and the Far East. Thousands have been baptized into the faith of Jesus during this past year by these evangelistic leaders.

Another area of evangelistic training is that of our field schools. Evan­gelism cannot really be taught, it must be caught. When younger men are associated with experienced evangelists in a field school, some who other­wise would settle down to a routine ministerial program catch the spirit of evangelism and dedicate their lives to this all-important ministry of soul winning. Thus the evangelistic field school serves a double purpose—that of immediate results in additions to the church, and something even larger, the inspiration of future workers.

We trust this special issue will meet with enthusiastic response. Let us

hear from you.    EDITORS

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