Two giants in Southern Baptist history encouraged his love for evangelism through the years, he said. He counts the late R.G. Lee, pastor at Belleview Baptist Church in Memphis 1927-1960, his “father in the ministry.” Another giant is the late W.A. Criswell of First Baptist Church in Dallas where Shaw served as staff evangelist for 20 years. Shaw hopes to continue the evangelism focus he learned from Lee and Criswell.
“Most churches do not have revivals, but most churches need revival,” he said.
Shaw said 21st century pastors do not want revivals because the series of meetings involves too much work. He said pastors find it easier to invite a friend to preach than to invite “men of God with the gift of evangelism.”
“You have to do the work in preparation and prayer. Some people say that revivals don’t work these days, but they won’t work if you don’t work at it,” he said.
When Shaw preaches a revival in a church he suggests the church print tickets for the services and mail the tickets to church members, prospective members and “friends of the church.”
“It is amazing how many people will come to a service when they have a free ticket,” he said.
While he was pastor of Oceanside Baptist, Shaw was unable to plan for revival meetings at his own church. The congregation of 35-50 did not have a permanent home that could be used on weekdays. The church met in an office building, and in two hotels during his 10-year pastorate.
“We could never have a revival, a nursery, or a Sunday School, and that gravely hurt us,” he said.
Single adults make up most of his congregation. He said the congregation is “non-traditional” but the worship services are traditional.
“You may think they’d want a contemporary service, but they got saved under my ministry, and they are quite happy with ‘Victory in Jesus’ and ‘Holy, Holy, Holy,’” he said.
Since his retirement Sept. 15, Shaw has been “putting out the word” about his change in ministry. He hopes to travel to revival meetings to find the same success as he had 20 years ago—when as many as 100 would make decisions in a service.
“I am ready to go on the road for evangelism, and any success will be from the Lord,” he said.
For more information about scheduling revivals, please contact Shaw by calling the office at 954-210-3685.
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