At dinner tonight, I sat next to Solomon, a United Methodist pastor from Sierra Leone. We talked about church. His country continues to recover from an 11-year civil war. And the United Methodist Church is growing fast. It has doubled in size in recent years, he told me. The church is adding districts and straining to find pastors to meet the needs.
He told me about one of the evangelistic strategies the church uses.
The church builds schools.
It teaches children. It teaches not only standard school subjects, but also Christian doctrine. Many of those children become Christians.
Now, this story will horrify some people. It is all well and good to teach children math and history, we say, but not religion. But I keep hearing the words of Jesus: “Let the children come to me.”
It is an adventurous church that builds schools as part of its evangelism strategy.