"I want to help create a passion in our churches and in the hearts of
Christian people for the lost," Queen says.
Sometimes Queen helps cultivate that passion by suggesting new ways churches
can impact those around them for Christ. Other times he discovers existing
church strategies that are working well and spreads the word.
Last year one church opened its doors to serve a Thanksgiving meal to all
who wanted to come. Those attending heard the gospel as they waited for their
meal. More than 20 said they wanted further church involvement. The event
helped the church establish credibility and build a bridge to people who
normally stayed on the other side of its walls.
Queen says building credibility and prayer are the two most important
strategies for churches that want to reach the more than 8 million people of
the Chicago metro area. He has helped lead efforts to establish a network of
prayer coordinators in Baptist churches throughout the city. Queen believes
that prayer activates people to share Christ and paves the way for
faith-sharing opportunities. In his own life, he creates opportunities to talk
about God by offering to pray for those he meets.
"I have never met anyone who said, 'No, don't pray for me.' It seems to be a
way God is opening doors," he says.
Queen's strategy paid off recently while getting his hair cut. For some
time, he had been offering to pray for his barber. During his most recent
visit, the barber asked Queen questions about Jesus, and Queen shared the
gospel with him. The barber later thanked Queen and said what a help their
conversation had been to him.
"Jim has created a climate of prayer," says Phil Miglioratti, a pastor who
serves as prayer coordinator for the CMBA.
NAMB recently chose Chicago as one of its Strategic Focus Cities from 1999
to 2000. Local, state and national Southern Baptist resources will be targeted
at Chicago in an effort to use media, church planting and evangelism to
introduce the people of the city to Christ.
As Chicago churches face challenges from poverty in the inner city to hectic
schedules and materialism in the suburbs, Queen feels an urgency to which he
prays Chicago churches will respond. "There's a spiritual hunger in our nation,
and the question is who's going to fill it. I hope that in Chicago we will fill
it with the gospel."
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