Outreach

Two questions for my blogger friends: what has your church done in terms of outreach that has proven successful in reaching people for Christ, and, what curriculum has your church used that you feel has aided people in becoming better disciples?

I ask because we feel that without outreach and evangelism, the church pretty much ceases to fulfill its purpose, at least a large part of it. We want our church to grow, but not in a way that produces inauthentic discipleship or appeals to worldly principles to bring in the hoards.

We have people in our church who regularly visit with folks in our community, but we want something more encompassing, such that more people will be involved. We’re not interested in growing for the sake of growing, but in people coming to Christ for salvation and maturing as his disciples. No pandering to ears that need to be tickled, no sacrifice of theology, just people who want to share the change that God has wrought in their hearts and help others know Christ in that way.

Looking forward to your comments!

Αυτω η δοξα,

Jason

5 thoughts on “Outreach

  1. To my surprise people in our congregation have really enjoyed the Nooma DVDs (and not the young people). I think they have helped people assess their spirituality without realising they are doing it. I also ran a “How to read the Bible for all its worth” which was well attended and opened some of our peoples eyes to how they might better read scripture.

    As for outreach: We run a program in a local school called “Kids Hope” it is a World Vision program aimed at mentoring at risk kids in primary school. Some churches have also established homework clubs where people in the church help high school kids with their homework. It has been great with so many former teaches able to provide tutoring for free.

    Just a couple of the things we have done.

  2. Mark: Thanks for your comment. I’ve heard about Nooma’s stuff, but have never used/looked at it. The Fee study sounds good, too; of course, as Nick or Robert may say, “it’s Fee!” Sounds like you and your congregation are on the right track. Blessings to you!

  3. In reverse order, on discipleship, I have observed that small groups, life groups, or cell groups (you choose the label) are key to building relationships and disciples. They are also excellent for outreach. We often draw new members who became part of a life group first.

  4. Peter: That’s good to know. Our church (before we were here) used to do the cell groups, but they kind of fell to the wayside. We are thinking of moving in that direction, but not immediately. I just tire of the same old thing, you know?

    1. Well, the cell groups have to be dynamic, no doubt, if there’s not discipleship happening in small groups, it’s hard to have it in a larger corporate setting. The key, I think, is ministering to the specific needs of your flock. In our fairly small church, for example, we have 3 active groups: a women’s group (primarily single women, but not exclusively), a Bible study (for the harder core Bible readers), and a family group. When we first started, all the groups were “family” life groups, and some fell to the wayside, but when we tried to identify our congregation’s needs and tailor the life groups to those needs, they really took off. I’m sure everything will go well.

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