Six Reasons I Still Go Door Knocking
Lately it has been my observation that some preachers have found it unfashionable to use more traditional methods of evangelism like door knocking. It seems that we have devised myriads of other ways to get people to come to the doors of our church, without ever going out to them. My mentor, C. Sumner Wemp, used to say, “We build buildings and invite people to come and see, yet, Jesus gave us a commission to go and tell.”
For this reason, I am convinced that door knocking and personal contact with people are still effective means of evangelism. So, here are six reasons why I still choose to knock on doors the old fashioned way.
1) Door knocking works.
This year, Liberty Baptist Church will take the gospel message to a little over 200,000 doors in the city of Las Vegas. On soul winning days, some of our church members will “blitz”; meaning that they will go door to door, simply leaving a gospel tract on the door and then moving onto the next house. Others will knock on doors and have conversations with the residents, inviting them to come to services. Because of this effort by our church members along with our church staff, in 2014 we had close to six hundred families visit our church. Several of those families attested to the fact that they came because a flyer that was left on their front door. Simply put – door to door evangelism still works.
2) It is still a very inexpensive way to give the Gospel.
When my wife and I first came to the Las Vegas Valley, we had no money for any marketing or advertisements of any kind for the church. Nobody knew who we were when we went door to door inviting them to come to church, but they still came through our personal invite. Week after week, and thousands of doors later, people still kept trickling in. Because of this reason, I have found that door knocking is a very practical and inexpensive way to get the message out to the people of Las Vegas.
3) It shows people in the city that we care.
Several months ago, I was door knocking in a very low income neighborhood not far from our church building. My wife and I had knocked on about forty or fifty doors that day when finally at one of the last doors a gentleman answered. I asked him if he had ever visited Liberty Baptist Church and he said, “No, but aren’t you the Pastor?” I told him I was. He said, “It is amazing to me that a person of your stature would care enough to go and meet people where they live.” Frankly, that thought had never crossed my mind, I don’t consider myself to be a “person of stature”, just a servant like everyone else in my church. In fact, someone once said, “Evangelism is like one beggar telling another beggar where to find food.” It made me think about the fact that that gentlemen was thinking at that moment “Hey this Pastoe really cares about the community.” We often complain about all the problems with the leadership in our country and especially in Washington D.C. and how politicians are “out of touch” with reality. Nevertheless, I fear that many preachers are neglecting their responsibility to reach those on the outside of the walls of their church’s and never take time to compel them to come in. If that is us, let us not be quick to blame others. Are we “out of touch” with the people of our city? Going door to door will show people that you really care.
“Evangelism is like one beggar telling another beggar where to find food.”
4) The Apostles did it.
In Acts 20:20, the Apostle Paul told the Ephesian elders, I “taught you publickly, and from house to house”. I know that there is debate over exactly what he did going house to house; did he actually preach, dine with them, invite them to the synagogue? Who knows, but the fact is that he did go house to house. If he was willing to do it, and it is recorded in scripture as being effective, we should be willing to do it as well.
5) It teaches me humility.
The Bible says in James 4:6, “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” As I reflect back over the years, God has opened the door for me and Anna to travel to speak in many different venues. A lot of time, these ministries and churches will give us special accolades, offerings and gifts and they will pump up their people to the fact that Dr. David Teis is coming to speak. It is very easy, if I am not careful, to get lifted up with pride and begin to think that I have something to offer these people, after all, they have come to here me! When in truth, I am nothing – just a servant of God and I never want to forget who I am and where I came from. That is why a healthy dose of door to door and talking to people who have no idea who I am, reminds me I am nothing but a servant of almighty God. If for no other reason, I will continue going door to door just because it keeps me begging Him for His wisdom, seeking His strength, and reminds me that I am no different from anybody else on this planet.
6) It motivates others in my church to witness.
It is the responsibility of the pastor of a church to feed the flock of God. However, it is also his responsibility to lead the flock of God. We do this by our example. 1 Timothy 4:12 says, “but be thou an example of the believers”. I do not want to tell other people to witness and not to witness myself. Therefore, I carry tracts wherever I go. I go on church visitation and when we have a day for soul winning, I to go out door to door.