Steve Stroope (and Josh Howerton): Stoke the Fires of Evangelism

We asked pastors of some of the nation’s largest churches to share their thoughts on church growth, discipleship, outreach and faithful ministry.

Steve Stroope, Co-Lead Pastor (with Josh Howerton)
Lake Pointe Church
Rockwall, Texas

Keep heating up the fires of relational evangelism. Keep asking, “Who are you praying for daily? With whom are you intentionally building relationships in order to share the love of Christ? With whom are you sharing your story, and did you bring someone with you today?”

I have come to value trust as an indispensable component of leadership. I wish I had understood the importance of small groups and of a strong elder board made up mostly of lay leaders when I first was getting started.

Stop asking lost people to act like Christians, and be willing to meet needs even if it doesn’t lead to conversions.

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Twitter: @StroopeSteve @HowertonJosh
Founded: 1979
Denomination: Southern Baptist
Locations: 9
Attendance: 12,377
Fastest-Growing: 84
Largest: 19

Lora Schrock
Lora Schrock

Lora Schrock is editor of Outreach magazine.