We have adopted the acronym S.P.R.E.A.D. for our 100 Challenge Door to Door campaign. S.P.R.E.A.D. means:
- Strategize – We are in a spiritual war (Ephesians 6:10-20) therefore we need to have a strategy to attack! We will map out the city, pray over each street and then move forward into the mission field.
- Pray – Pray hard for the harvest before and after we go out into the mission field! (Matthew 9:37-38)
- Rally – we have got to rally the troops to action. ( Hebrews 10:24,25)
- Equip – teach the ABC’s of effective evangelism, develop resources for sharing the Gospel like tracts and door hangers as well as prayer cards, etc. (Ephesians 4:11-13, Acts 4:13)
- Action – This is not just about making a plan and praying about it. This about putting feet to our planning and going out to spread the Gospel! (Matthew 28:16-20)
- Diligent – it is going to take time to reach every person with the Gospel. We need to have a long term vision and be diligent in implementing it in order to preach the Gospel to every creature. (2 Peter 1:5-10)
We measure success, not in terms of numbers of houses we went to, number of prayer cards filled out, number of people attending our church, or even the number who profess to believe. Rather, we measure success like Paul did:
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. (Colossians 4:2-4)
Listen to recordings of conference calls about SPREAD and the 100 Challenge.
The SPREAD approach was originally introduced in the Adopt a City for Christ BLOG post.
The Bible verses for reference:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
2 Peter 1:5-10
5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.