Door to Door Ministry is an evangelistic effort of the church of Christ in locating “prospects” for home Bible study classes. This ministry is within the work of the local church to bring the gospel to every home in the community.
This ministry can be forceful when the local congregation is aware of the project. Contribution to the success of this work should be accepted as a part of being an active member of the local congregation. The readings of Ephesian chapter 4 and I Corinthians 12 are dedicated to the idea that the local church membership should work together and resolve with strong commitment that the gospel of Christ is needed by everyone in the community. Salvation is the driving force and the motivating mechanism for the project of seeking the lost to to be successful.
So, why door to door? Everyone in the community must be included. From the door of our worship service to the last door in the community, the gospel of Christ must be made known! At least to the degree that everyone was given the chance to hear the gospel. The song of Brother J. M. McCaleb is our marching song, it says: “Of one the Lord has made the race, thru one has come the fall; Where sin has gone must go His grace, the gospel is for all….”
Door to Door Ministry is a “hard project” at first. Yes, the first door will mean the success or failure of the work. The personal worker should strive to know who lives there and before hand know them through “visitation.” One cannot just go to that door without preparation. The “visitation” is a part of that preparation. It is in that visitation that we learn our prospect – his religious affiliation, work and activities. Then, we prepare a lesson just for him. That lesson ties in with his present needs and challenges. The personal worker should have a complete outline of the lesson and master this first lesson. From that first lesson develops to the second lesson with the intention of satisfying the “needs” of the prospect. The subsequent lessons will follow through. Hopefully, the conclusion will be satisfactory with one or the whole family accepting the gospel of Christ and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins.
With the success received from the first door, the personal worker is now braced with greater love to move on to the second door. And, the preparation and implementation of the lessons from the first door should be urgently revised and upgraded or modified depending on the status of the prospect of door number 2. The upgrading or modification of the lesson or lessons will be done seriously by the personal worker. This is to say that constant evaluation must be observed.
I highly recommend to all personal workers this ministry. May God prosper your ability to present your lessons to anyone and everyone! May God bless you.