Local Church programs are nice. National programs are even better. Huge productions and TV budgets seem destined to make a big impact for Christ. How many watch and reccomend Charles Stanley, re-runs of Adrian Rogers or David Jeremiah? And the movies: Fireproof, Facing the Giants, Courageous and God’s Not Dead? Think of the Churches that bought out theaters for community events. All these outreach / evangelistic opportunities should be making a difference, right? Truth is, God still works by means and those means, more often than not, is the local believer in the local church that takes his/her faith and the commands of scripture seriously.
When people under 21 (when most people come to faith) were asked how they came to be born again, only 1 percent said it was through TV or other media, while a whopping 43 percent said they came to faith through a friend or family member. In truth is seems moms probably lead more people to Jesus than TV programs or movies ever will.
I believe that if church members spent half the time they had spent on programs but rather in friendly evangelistic conversations with neighbors, co-workers, or fellow students, they would see a better response to the gospel and reach even more people.
The fact is, most people come to faith through the influence of family members, small-group Bible studies, or a conversation with a friend after a church service: Christians intentionally talking about the gospel.
~ Mack Stiles [from his book in the Building Healthy Churches Series]
So if we are waiting on that preacher or that book or that movie or that revival to reach our neighbor we might just be waiting for a long time. 1% is not very much. Take the better odds and go talk to that neighbor yourself. Invest a little time, be uncomfortable, and inconvenienced. Work done for the Lord is never in vain. It might not change them but it might just change you!