The Role of the Christian is to be a missionary. This does not mean you need to travel to remote areas of the world in order to serve in a missionary role. In fact most Christians will never serve in a far away country. The vast majority will serve locally in their home communities.
The influence of the church is rapidly decreasing in the USA. With the decline in church attendance comes a natural decline in workers who are able to engage the local community for the cause of Christ. If this trend continues the church in America will be a fringe group within the next two generations.
A reason for the decline is not due solely to sweeping secular influences. No, we as Christians share the blame for the decline because we have not worked diligently to advance the gospel in our own neighborhoods. We have failed to advance the gospel as we were called to do in a real meaningful way.
Perhaps it is time to look at successful missionaries and the methods they use to engage the cultures in the area they are serving. This means stepping back to square one and attempt to build trust with the communities that we reside in. We must not assume the people we interact with know anything about Christianity.
We must be willing to start all over. The churches that are left need more cooperation and less competition with each other. Programs built from sound preaching should highlight the command to spread the gospel. Mature Christians need to lead by example and train up newer Christians in how to engage a community. Workshops from seasoned missionaries need greater promotion to help train up Christians in community engagement.
All of this of course is dependent on how many churches are willing to allocate a significant amount of their resources for community missionary activities. If we cant get people into the church, lets take the church to the people.
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)