The church is failing in evangelism and mission

by Richard Halverson

The church is failing in evangelism and mission today not because she does not know what she ought to do or even how to do it, not because she does not have the tools for such a worldwide propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ—but because there is no incentive. And there is no incentive because the conditions of the body which produces that incentive are missing. You cannot legislate evangelism and mission. No amount of organizing and planning, programming, training or exhorting will replace the spontaneous expansion of the church when the Spirit of God reigns in the hearts of believers and they are in fellowship with one another as well as with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.

~ How I Changed My Thinking About the Church, 1972, p. 66-67