No one is a bigger believer in using GPS for intentional evangelism than Sammy Gilbreath, state director of evangelism for the Alabama State Board of Missions in Montgomery.
"GPS 2010 was great for us in Alabama," Gilbreath
"Two Saturdays prior to Easter Sunday, we actually put a plastic bag with a Gospel witness on the doors of 989,000 Alabama homes.
It gave our churches such a shot in the arm, especially those who were out in the community for the first time.
All of a sudden, our churches said, 'We can do this and reach people we haven't reached.' And 2010 gave us a good bump toward 2012."
staff have set up 12 districts in Alabama and are inviting pastors and key laypeople in a district to attend a two-hour GPS clinic to learn about downloadable GPS resources, a free mapping service for a church's immediate area and available deals for three-for-one billboard advertising across Alabama.
"We have also put together a task force for every attractional event we can think of," Gilbreath
The task force is made up of experts with practical experience in doing a particular event.
For 2012, Gilbreath
team are visiting every association and asking local churches to commit to do four attractional events during the year.
"Churches already do some of these, such as revivals, Vacation Bible Schools and fall festivals.
So they only have to commit to do one more.
They also have to commit to make the four events intentionally evangelistic."
believes the use of attractional events in 2012 will be even bigger than the successes of door-to-door evangelism in 2010 because such events give churches and pastors the opportunity to train their people on how to share their faith.
"Our office just does the planning and preparation and then we become cheerleaders.
The churches have to make it happen," Gilbreath
"GPS keeps us focused on planning for evangelism and prevents us from falling into a lull.
"Our goal," he
said, reflecting GPS' long-term impact, "is to present the Gospel to every person in Alabama by 2020."