img
Nov 28
img

Small rural church leads 108 to Christ in one year posted by Evangelism Explosion on Nov 28, 2018

On the outside, Harmony Community Church, is a little wood-frame Methodist church off of Highway 74 in Peachland, North Carolina. Miles away from a shopping mall, the church is surrounded by impoverished neighborhoods and trailer parks. Yet, every Monday night, more than a dozen people gather to visit people in the community and share the Gospel. Between September 2017, and the end of August, they have introduced 108 people to Jesus Christ.

“We don’t go out to try to get more folks for Harmony Community Church,” said Pastor Rocky Carpenter. “We go out to get more people into the Kingdom of God.”

In fact, most people they lead to Jesus Christ end up going to other churches, but Carpenter says that the Lord has blessed them anyway.

When Carpenter first took over the pastorate in 1997, only four people attended Harmony Community Church. The church grew steadily until 2013, but something was missing.

“God quickened me about doing evangelism,” said Carpenter. He asked a friend what to do and learned about EE. “Immediately, I got on the Internet and tried to find out how to get trained.”  The closest event at that time was in Conyers, Georgia.

During the training, Carpenter joined a team that went into the projects to share the Gospel. That first night, three people prayed to receive eternal life. “It’s a lot of pressure. I’ve been a pastor for 15 years. I’m supposed to know this stuff. But to see someone saved for the first time, that’s priceless!”

When he returned, Carpenter began training his congregation how to share their faith. “We had push back. People were terrified. Every time I go out, I’m nervous. But the Lord will make those butterflies fly in formation.”

Since 2013, Harmony Community Church has hosted a Share Your Faith workshop every fall after their annual revival and an Everyday Evangelism launch in the spring. Carpenter believes that the key to making evangelism work is training and retraining.

As a result, the church has grown to 250 people. Carpenter said: “As we were obedient to God, He sent people we never even talked to, to our church.”

In the past five years, the congregation has totally changed. “They are not afraid anymore; they now know how to answer,” said Carpenter. “It has opened the eyes of our congregants to the issues that our community is facing. They keep trying to think about new ways to reach out and share with them.”

Every year, Harmony Community Church hosts several events throughout the year to connect with the community – a fall festival, Easter egg hunt at a local park, and an Easter celebration. They gather names and visit people throughout the year to share the Gospel. Sometimes, they visit Office Max, the local hospital, or nearby Wingate College to begin Gospel conversations. After every outing, the team meets back at the church to share stories and talk about what they can do differently next time.

But they want to do more for the community. According to Carpenter, the church hopes to set up a mobile kitchen that they can take into to the trailer parks to provide food and school supplies. The praise team is planning to join them to provide music.

“I had convinced myself that I was doing what I was supposed to be doing – preaching on Sundays, teaching Bible studies, visiting people,” said Carpenter. “But EE totally changed everything, and we will be forever grateful.”



Category: Stories   |  

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Post an Article
Become a Donor
img
December 2018 12 posts
November 2018 34 posts
October 2018 35 posts
September 2018 30 posts
August 2018 30 posts
July 2018 27 posts
June 2018 26 posts
May 2018 28 posts
April 2018 25 posts
March 2018 25 posts
February 2018 25 posts
January 2018 21 posts
December 2017 22 posts
November 2017 29 posts
October 2017 41 posts
September 2017 35 posts
August 2017 36 posts
July 2017 37 posts
June 2017 36 posts
May 2017 39 posts
April 2017 33 posts
March 2017 36 posts
February 2017 34 posts
January 2017 37 posts
December 2016 39 posts
November 2016 35 posts
October 2016 38 posts
September 2016 36 posts
August 2016 39 posts
July 2016 34 posts
June 2016 35 posts
May 2016 37 posts
April 2016 33 posts
March 2016 35 posts
February 2016 36 posts
January 2016 37 posts
December 2015 39 posts
November 2015 41 posts
October 2015 37 posts
September 2015 40 posts
August 2015 39 posts
July 2015 38 posts
June 2015 39 posts
May 2015 37 posts
April 2015 30 posts
March 2015 7 posts
February 2015 5 posts
January 2015 2 posts
December 2014 4 posts
November 2014 5 posts
October 2014 6 posts
September 2014 6 posts
August 2014 4 posts
July 2014 4 posts
June 2014 6 posts
May 2014 3 posts
April 2014 3 posts
March 2014 5 posts
February 2014 2 posts
January 2014 7 posts
December 2013 8 posts
November 2013 5 posts
October 2013 11 posts
September 2013 4 posts
August 2013 5 posts
July 2013 15 posts
June 2013 8 posts
May 2013 7 posts
April 2013 19 posts
March 2013 15 posts
February 2013 13 posts
January 2013 9 posts
December 2012 9 posts
November 2012 11 posts
October 2012 8 posts
September 2012 8 posts
August 2012 7 posts
July 2012 7 posts
June 2012 5 posts
May 2012 10 posts
April 2012 8 posts
March 2012 15 posts
February 2012 10 posts
January 2012 20 posts
December 2011 29 posts
November 2011 21 posts
October 2011 17 posts
September 2011 9 posts
August 2011 4 posts
July 2011 2 posts
June 2011 6 posts
May 2011 3 posts
March 2011 6 posts
February 2011 4 posts
January 2011 1 posts
December 2010 1 posts
November 2010 2 posts
October 2010 4 posts
June 2010 1 posts
May 2010 2 posts
April 2010 4 posts
February 2010 1 posts
January 2010 8 posts
December 2009 1 posts
November 2009 3 posts
October 2009 3 posts
August 2009 1 posts
July 2009 8 posts
June 2009 5 posts
April 2009 3 posts
March 2009 1 posts
January 2009 3 posts
December 2008 2 posts
September 2008 2 posts
August 2008 6 posts
July 2008 2 posts
June 2008 7 posts