Oklahoma City Campaign Baptizes Thirty Seven
by: Stafford North | August 6, 2010
During June of 2010, the 300-member Cherokee Hills Church of Christ in northwest Oklahoma City conducted a very successful outreach into their community, resulting in the baptism of thirty seven. Coupling with Monte Jennings and the Northwest Church of Christ in Lawton, and with Christians who came to help not only from Oklahoma but from Texas, Alabama, and Kentucky, Cherokee Hills members knocked doors each day for a week. Many, they found, were receptive to an invitation to church and to studying the Bible. During the campaign, they set up 271 Bible studies and within a few days after the campaign they had conducted 70 of these. They are still working to follow up on those remaining.
The preparation for the campaign focused as much on follow-up as on the door-knocking and Bible studies. For four months prior to the campaign, over thirty families prepared themselves to be ready to work with new converts. Called the “Anchor Program,” these families prepared themselves to welcome new converts into their homes for a meal and to teach them a key Bible lesson. Each new convert will cycle through twelve different homes during their first six months in Christ. During each couple’s two weeks with the new convert, they have them to their home, go to class with them, and sit with them in church.
The congregation also began a special Sunday morning Bible class for “new converts,” to cover basic information about Christ, the church, worship, and other fundamental elements of Christianity. The “Anchor families” also attend this class with the one they are mentoring.
The elders and a team of other members are also helping with follow-up by making visits with those recently converted. This group gives special attention to those who appear to be slipping away.
Members helped in a variety of ways to help the campaign. Some provided transportation to those knocking doors or to take people to studies. Others babysat, took cold water to those knocking on doors, or prepared meals for the workers.
Steve Schinnerer, pulpit minister at Cherokee Hills, said, “I will be the first to admit that the follow-up portion of the campaign is the most difficult. I have learned that the method of knocking the doors of our communities to find people who are searching for something spiritual in their lives does still work. There are people out there behind those doors who are open to studying what God’s plan for them is.” Shinnerer went on to say that teaching these new converts to be regular in attending worship and in Bible study must be given a high priority because Satan is seeking to “choke the life right out of these new Christians.”
The high degree of success in the Cherokee Hills campaign shows that house-to-house evangelism still has a place in the work of many congregations. It also shows that careful preparation and thorough follow-up are keys in this kind of work. One of the great benefits for the total effort is the revitalizing it provided for the entire congregation.
For more information contact Steve Schinnerer at firstname.lastname@example.org.