Stīvs Šegrena nesen izdarīja lielisku interviju ar rīsiem Broocks par kalps Evangelism par TBN tīklā. Jūs varētu atrast šo noderīga nosūtīt citiem kā veids, paskaidrojot jēdzienu SE īsumā. (Interesants piezīme: It was taped in Nashville at what was previously the estate of country music legend Conway Twitty on his sound stage, known as “TwittyLand!” – not as over the top as the name sounds but a cool bit of Nashville lore. If you are ever in Nashville-Hendersonville on a Tuesday night, you might want to check out the taping of one of these shows.)
Sākot baznīcas dažreiz iegājis ar nepietiekamu sagatavošanu. Es zinu, esmu pieļāvusi vairākas kļūdas, kas bija dārgi starta baznīcās, ņemot pietiekamu sagatavošanās periodu nav. Es uzskatu, ka neveiksme var uzkrāt lielāku ieskatu vairāk nekā panākumiem. I want to talk about three major areas of concern that need to be addressed before getting started on any church venture.
Post-mortem assessment is very common. We usually think of reviewing our success or failure after the event or venture has wound down. I like to do what I call pre-mortem assessment. It works just like post-mortem with the exception that it precedes the start date.
I now do pre-mortems on my messages. I also like to preview and consider upcoming events. It can be fun. Basically it means drawing your team together to ask how this thing fail. It means looking at what will bring us down. Obviously once you have done this exercise you will find ways to improve even before you start and likely avoid painful post-mortems.
Here are some questions that might help your pre-mortem:
- What will stop people from returning?
- What could go wrong with our message presentation?
- What will make it difficult for people to hear about us and show up?
- How could we waste our money?
- What parts of our presentation are week or substandard?
- What could make our worship terrible?
Choosing your first leaders properly is a vital effort. Sometimes we recognize people just because we need some help. It is true that you will likely within the first three years see a complete turn over of your initial leaders. But nonetheless your chances of succeeding can be greatly increased by calling the right partners.
This is an area where I have been weak. I have often not taken the time to recruit and deploy the right people. I have invested money in the ill prepared and under qualified leader and have not only wasted resources but cost myself a great deal of pain.
Where do you find leaders? Almost always the best leaders are going to come via referrals. It is true you may need to recruit leaders from places they are already being productive. I have come to believe that you shouldn’t start if you can’t convince some friends to join you in the venture.
The following are six traits of leaders you will need to be successful:
- They are willing to invest money.
- They are influencers and bring other people into the journey with you.
- Are willing to put in time on the extras.
- Do they evangelize?
- Are they optimists?
- Are they there when its time to pray?
Friends of the Start
I have heard for years planters complain about little or no support from their denominations or sending church. It sounds to me like the people who join your church and want you to hand them some friends. You have to take responsibility for building your own support network.
I think finding a coach and being willing to pay them is a great step. Yes they may be a paid friend but they are still a friend. You may have to go outside your particular organization to find connections.
It is well worth the effort to make some appointments with church leaders that have been successful and ask to share your dream. Don’t ask for money. If they are impressed with you and your plan they will offer on their own. What you need are friends. Often these friends will connect you with resources you need.
I think a network of ten key mentors and friends is essential. Be a listener and learner. Offer to take them to lunch or meet whatever fits their schedule best. Be certain to ask for future meetings after your first meeting. I have had many church planters ask me to mentor them or hire me as a coach. I am always flattered. Often I will work to help them find resources.
Come prepared when you seek to collect friends. Have a list of four or five questions you would like to ask them. They can be anywhere in the country, they don’t have to be in your backyard.. But don’t be vague. Describe your concerns. Ask them to pray for and with you. Send them a note of appreciation after your meeting.
Some of my best friends in the ministry were made this way. I often asked them to speak at my fledgling churches and I was amazed how many were takers. And when you have them speak prepare an honorarium no matter how poor you are. They may give it back but it shows you value their input.
These are the areas that should get a great deal of your attention. This is why I think a church plant or new plan for a church should be preceded by six months of hard preparation time. Happy preparing!
Cilvēki ilgojas var pieskarties Dieva mīlestību, jauda un pieņemšana. Kā kristieši, mēs veiktu mūsos pārsteidzošs arsenāls garīgajām dāvanām, kas var palīdzēt tiem, kam nepieciešama, kas nodara kaitējumu pasaule ap mums. Kā ietekmīgu līderi un treneri jau vairākus gadus, Es atnācu, lai saprast, ka, lai kļūtu efektīvāka mums vairs nav jāiet uz informēšanu, jo mūsu dzīve ir ielu!
Es nekad apnīk skatīties cilvēku sejas iedegas, kad mēs kaut ko darīt, ka praktiski parāda Dieva mīlestību. Es aicinu šīs dievišķās momentus vai jaudas tikšanās. Man ir bijis daudz varas tikšanās un mana pēdējā bija komēdija klubā. Mana sieva un es skāra pat sarunāties ar New Age hipnoterapeits un viņa dalījās ar reoccurring bērnības sapni, kas notika ārpus baznīcas. Es viņai interpretāciju, kas bija tas, ka viņa bija pārsteidzošs garīgo likteni vēl nav izpildīti. Viņa bija par to, lai uzzinātu vairāk par Īpašu uzdevumu vai zvanot Dievu ir bijusi uz viņas dzīvi, jo viņa bija bērns. Viņa iegāja asarām un teica, ka viņa jutās siltumu, mīlēt un zoss izciļņiem visi tajā pašā laikā.
Kad es runāt par varas saskrieties kā līdzeklis sasniegt cilvēkus ar Dieva mīlestību, daudz dažādu idejas var palaist caur galvu. Es saprotu, ka stāsts es tikko dalīta var likties mazliet ekstrēms, un tas nāca pēc gadu pieredzi. Ļaujiet man dalīties ar jums dažus noslēpumus par to, kā es got sākās un sniegt jums dažus vienkāršus padomus, kā ir jaudīgas tikšanās ar cilvēkiem savā kopienā.
Power tikšanās notiek, kad mēs nesam Dieva klātbūtni, lai personai, kas netic Dievam vai Ieslodzījuma tumsā. Tur ir spēks tikai, apvienojot Dieva klātbūtni, kas ir mūsos saskarē ar tiem, kurus Dievs tuvojas Sevi. Es aicinu šo "dāvana Rādu Up"!
Dieva klātbūtne mūsos ir kā gaisma, kas spīd un atšķir mūs no tiem, kuri nav šo gaismu. Mums ir teicis, lai "dzīvot kā gaismas bērni" (Efeziešiem 5:8). Kad mēs apzināti atļautu piedalīties Dieva mīlestības, kas jārealizē ar mums pieskarties citiem, cilvēki ir vērsta uz mums un piedzīvot mieru, ka viņi nav piedzīvojuši citur. Cilvēki var vienkārši sēdēt mums blakus un iet prom mainīta, nezinot, kas notika ar viņiem.
No procesa spēks
Nereti, mēs garām faktu, ka cilvēki mēdz nākt pie Jēzus caur procesu apstākļu un notikumu. Mums ir nepieciešams, lai nodrošinātu cilvēkiem laiku piedzīvot Dievu un ne pārāk ātri, lai mēģinātu, lai saņemtu viņiem lūgties lūgšanu pestīšanas priekšlaicīgi. Tāpat kā dabā, ir izaugsmes process, jauna dzīve parādīties. Mēs nekad piespiest rožu pumpuru atvērtu vai iesēt sēklu sagaidot nobriest uzreiz. Tāpat, cilvēki bieži vien atbrīvoti, lai atrastu kādu kristieti, kurš nav "evangelistically sprūda-laimīgs."
Lielākā daļa cilvēku vēlas zināt, Dievs ir reāls, un ir jautājumi un šaubas, kas ir nepieciešams, lai tiktu izstrādāta laika gaitā. Apvienojot spēku Dieva klātbūtnes ar jaudu procesa, mēs varam palīdzēt cilvēkiem, un žaut ar tiem laika gaitā. Tā uzskata vairāk dabas un relāciju bet ir ļoti efektīva, lai sasniegt cilvēkus šodien.
Mēs visi varam pierādīt spēku mīlestības. Bībele ļoti skaidri, ka mūsu ienaidnieki ir garīgā valstība, un tie nav cilvēki, mēs cenšamies sasniegt (Efeziešiem 6:12). Mēs parādām mīlestību dabas, kamēr mūsu ienaidnieki ir Garu valstība. Kad mēs Dieva gaismu pasaulē, tas ir labākais nevis tiesāt cilvēkus, ka jūs nevar vienoties ar. Koncentrējieties uz mīlošs kāds jums var nepiekrist, jo mīlestība spēcīgi piesaista cilvēkus Viņam. Jēzus dara saka mīlēt savu tuvāko.
Ir dziļa spēks vienkārši runājot laipni ar cilvēkiem, veidojot tos. Kad Jēzus saskārās Samariešu sievieti pie akas, viņš maigi norādīja, ka viņa bija relāciju jautājumus. Bet viņš mudināja viņas, došanās uz zvanu viņas godīgi (John 4:18). Cilvēki bieži vien izkausēt un drosmi, viņu apstākļiem. Tas ir pārsteidzošs, ko veida vārds var darīt, lai veidotu tos. Tā ir Dieva labvēlību, kas noved cilvēkus nožēlot grēkus un saņemt Viņu (Romans 2:4).
Kā mēs praktiskas lietas, lai pierādītu Dieva mīlestību, mēs atvērt cilvēku acis uz Dieva mīlestību pret viņiem. Tas bieži vien ir pārsteigums viņiem un dod, ka "tilt no galvas" izbrīns. Vēl viens pārsteigums ir tad, kad cilvēki atklāt mēs esam kristieši, un mēs esam arī jauki. Skumji teikt, daudzi cilvēki ir bijusi slikta pieredze ar unloving kristiešiem. Tas ir tik jautri, lai parādītu cilvēkiem pretēju garu ar praktiskiem, pārsteidzoši akti mīlestības un atklāj, ka Dievs ir reāls un tiešām viņus mīl.
Padarot to praktiskā
Power tikšanās nav tik grūti, kā jūs varētu domāt. Šeit ir daži vienkārši, praktiski soļi, lai redzētu to darbībā. Lūgt Dievu, lai parādītu kādu, kurš ir nepieciešams Viņa pieskārienu. Ja jūs zināt to, apsvērt dodas uz kafiju vai pusdienas un vienkārši klausīties. Tad atrast veidu, kā praktiski apmierināt nepieciešamību savā dzīvē.
Ja jūs redzat kādu sabiedrībai, ka Dievs izceļ un jūs tos zināt, būt drosmīgiem un pateikt viņiem, ka jūs vienkārši izlasīt kaut ko par varu iedrošinājumu un jums bija jautājums, ja jūs varētu nodarboties ar viņiem. Rīkoties, lai dotu viņiem īsu pacilājoša vārdu iedrošinājumu. Jums nav lūgties garas lūgšanas, vai saņemt tos uz ceļiem, nožēlojot savu efektivitāti, daloties Dieva mīlestību. Jūs būsiet pārsteigts!
Tas ir bijis divpadsmit gadi, kopš mēs pārcēlās uz Rietumu Kentuki ar mērķi stādīšanas "turp vērsta" baznīcu. Deviņi mēneši mēs bijām daļa no komandas 12 āru koncentrētas cilvēki.
Šodien Four Rivers ir 4 Campus draudze izplatās visā Rietumu Kentuki. Mēs savienot ar 500 – 600 people per weekend and have seen our people and leaders assist in the planting of 6 other churches in the last 12 gadiem. Four Rivers is truly an outward focused church. Bet, it hasn’t been easy. It hasn’t even been steady. And honestly, it has been nothing like I expected it would be. During the past 12 years we have had our predictions challenged. We have faced disappointment… mainly caused by our own misguided expectations. And we have learned many things.
A Few Things I’ve Learned… About Being An Outward Focused Pastor
1. There is a constant tendency toward the inward.
This one is an overarching reality I never expected. I assumed reaching larger groups of people would solidify our outward focus. But the truth is, the disconnected and ‘far from God’ people we reach with an outward mission have their very own ‘inward’ tendencies. With every new person comes a new beginning of teaching this mission. And sometimes, the road to spiritual growth mistakenly leads people down a road of self focus.
We have learned to check regularly the outward focused pulse of the church. It is a daunting task and can sometimes bring disappointment. But by looking at where we really are, we know how to honestly lead. And this is required of anyone who desires to lead an outward focused church for an extended period of time.
2. The Lion and the Lamb.
The Lion and the Lamb metaphor is usually used with ‘end time’ discussions. But we have found it is very helpful for us in today’s ministry. As a church of multi ethnicities, age groups and socio economic groups our diversity makes us stronger. But it also requires us to lead wisely. It takes many things to get a lamb to lay down with a lion.
Pirmais, you need a lion that stops acting like a predator. Second, you need a lamb who will believe that the lion is good. And third, you need an ongoing relationship with behaviors that reinforce those beliefs. You may be interested in helping your community… but many people do not believe you. You are a church leader. That makes you a lion to many. They feel lamb-like and you look hungry for their time, money & talents. To reach them, you have some perceptions and possible realities to change.
3. Keep the vision ‘visible.’
There is a reason that the Bible uses a ‘visible’ word to describe the church’s meta narrative. But many church leaders convey ‘vision’ in a purely ‘audible’ or ‘hearing’ based way. We have noticed people need to see an outward focused vision in order to grasp it.
So we have learned to keep the vision visible. We regularly put people in front of the gathering to show and tell their stories of life change. This means so much more than a sermon about why we should reach out. We cannot simply tell the mission… we have to show it.
4. Know Your Bible… Know Your Back Yard…
Christian leaders everywhere understand the need to be aware of and guided by the Scripture. But Christianity is more than a set of rules, regulations or guidelines. There is an awareness and intuitiveness of our faith that requires that we know both our belief systems & our local culture. We can’t expect to focus outward if we are not well aware of what is out there.
And to be clear, I absolutely do not mean this from a judgmental perspective. Knowing your back yard is so much more than knowing what is wrong with your back yard. Faktiski, there are many times that we have to look outside of the church in order to find some of the most exciting things that God is doing in our culture. Find Him there and join Him in the outward focused ministry He has already begun.
These are just a few of the many things planting and leading an outward focused church has taught me. Although it has been difficult, I am very thankful to God for this journey. I hope that my ramblings have helped you as well.
Vai jūs zināt, Jēzus ir plāns jums pilsētā Viņš ir sūtījis, lai jūs? Mēs redzam lielisku piemēru to Lūkas 8:26-38. Šoreiz demon-rīcībā cilvēks ir gatavs sekot Jēzum pēc šīs brīnumainās dzīves pārmaiņām. Bet Jēzus pavēl viņam, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” Go back to the city I have called you to. Go back to your home. Go to your city. Go to your people. Jesus was smart. He knew this city would know this once demon-possessed man. They would recognize something had changed in him. Something miraculous had to have happened to make this once crazy man, sane again. Here we have the first missionary sent to his own zip code. God has a plan for you in the city He has sent you to as well.
If you want to make a difference in your city you must first love your city. Loving your city opens ears to hear the gospel, unlocks heart to be loved, and unleashes Kingdom influence. You can’t fake love. You can’t love behind your church walls. You can’t love behind judgment. You can only “speak” love so much before you have to “show” it in order for others to believe it. Opening up your heart, your arms, your finances, your resources, your building to others with a ridiculous love for the people in your city will catapult you into God’s purposes like nothing else.
Loving your city starts with knowing your city. You have to notice, understand, listen, and pay attention to the culture, the rhythms, the condition, the seasons, and the story of your city. Being with the people will create a love for the people. Simply researching your city, only creates a data connection. What you need is a heart connection with the people in your city. Jesus was always among the people. He bridged the gap between physical need and spiritual need, because He could see what type of bridge needed to be built to connect with them. Knowing your city will help you determine how to truly love your city, minister to your city, and provide for your city.
Once you know your city, you act. Do whatever you can to meet the needs of your city. Know the need, see what you have to offer, and act. Not too long ago we noticed that cancer patients receiving chemotherapy in local hospitals were not receiving the nutritional snacks they really needed. A lady in our church started with 5 volunteers and went once a week to bring a healthy snack to a cancer patient. One year later we are in 5 hospitals, 5 days a weeks, and have served thousands of snacks. We have been able to share the love of Christ with thousands through a simple healthy snack.
When you know your city and act on the true needs within the city, there will be impact. Know, act, and impact will follow. You will be blown away by the access, opportunity, influence, and visibility that opens wider than you imagined possible. The government starts calling you to solve problems in the city. They know your name. Road blocks and red tape are no longer blockades to ministry. Door after door begins to open. You set the example for others. People start thinking, “Maybe the church does know how to solve some of these issues in our community for the cause of Christ.” You are advertising without even having to advertise because serving creates chatter. Let’s create lots of chatter!
You want people pulling up on your property saying, “I heard from someone that this church would help me.” Be necessary. Be seen as a solution. Is your church necessary to your city? Does it matter that you are here? As churches we often ask ourselves if the poor matter to us, but the real question is, “Do we matter to the poor?” Does your city need you? I believe they do because they need Christ. Let us be found faithful with the piece of earth God destined for us to serve on. Love your city.
Es esmu dziļi apstrīdējušas nenogurstošs centienus vīriešu un sieviešu, kas virza cēlonis “Jaunā ateisms” tukšajā sirdis postmodernisma rietumnieki.
Daba abhors vakuumu tāpēc, ja nav ticības, neticība vai ateisms kļūst anti-cēlonis. Šo ateistu krustnešu misija ir atbrīvot pasauli (especially the young) of religious faith and “superstition.” They carry their message with zeal and with the confrontational style that rivals any fundamentalist preacher. In short, they seek converts – people who will “repent” of religion and follow the secular path to freedom.
Caricatures of the worst aspects of religion make it easy to gain people’s attention. Lumping all religions together, it becomes one monstrous “straw man” that can easily scare the average listener more than hell itself. Tragically, they are gaining momentum, especially in the arena of the university campus and the media.
If this were a boxing match, the Church would be sitting on a stool in the corner of the ring, dazed and confused and doubting whether we were really “called” to this fight. What can we learn from their efforts?
Talking to Ourselves
First and foremost: We must start engaging our culture with the Gospel beyond the church walls and stop just talking to ourselves. The majority of the effort we exert as Believers is talking to fellow Christians about being better Christians.
“Missional Church” is a term we debate vs a real mission we do. We have deceived ourselves by not obeying the Word ( James1:22).
Most of the people in our churches have heard enough to be teachers themselves, but are defenseless against the basic arguments and accusations of the opposition.
The Gospel is the answer to the cries of the human heart, but the lack of zeal to proclaim it demonstrates our lack of faith in its power.
We can also see that if we don’t step up and speak a clear message, the enemies of the Gospel will gladly take our place.
History has shown that God will allow a Goliath to taunt His people, knowing that someone like David will be provoked into action.
May we be shaken out of our stupor, get off the stool and get back into the fight for this generation.
Elizabeth Morris ir sieviete no mazas Kentuki pilsētā, kas, divas dienas pirms Ziemassvētkiem 1982, sēdēja up viena nakts gaida viņas dēls Ted nākt mājās no darba pie Mall. He was in college but was home and working a temporary job over Christmas break to make some extra money for school. And he was late. At 10:40 p.m., Elizabeth got the telephone call that all parents fear. “Mrs. Morris, this is the hospital. Your son has been killed in an accident.”
A 24-year-old man named Tommy Pigage had been driving drunk – his blood alcohol level was 3 times the legal limit – and had crossed the highway’s center line & smashed head-on into Ted’s car. The drunk driver was only slightly injured, but 18-year-old Ted Morris was dead.
Elizabeth and her husband, Frank, were devastated. Ted was their only child. And their anger only escalated when, at the trial, their son’s killer, Tommy Pigage, was only given probation. Elizabeth says that day after day she would replay her mental videotape of that night like a horror movie. She wanted revenge. She would fantasize about driving down the road, seeing Tommy walking, and driving him into a tree, then watching him die slowly in agony. She actually spent a lot of her time tracking Tommy, hoping she could catch him violating his probation so he could be sent to prison.
There was only one problem. Elizabeth was a Christian. And as she brought her feelings to God, and prayed about all of it, she came to the realization that her heavenly Father had also lost His only Son. But on the cross Jesus had said, “Father, forgive them” about the soldiers who had tortured and crucified Him. And that in a very real sense she had put Jesus on the cross, her sins had, and yet God had forgiven her. And she realized that she had to forgive Tommy. She decided to and then offered forgiveness to the man who killed her only son.
But … check this out. She didn’t just forgive him. She and her husband actually began to build a relationship with their son’s killer. And after some time they led Tommy Pigage to Christ. Because of their influence, in part because of their compassion, because of their forgiveness, because of their guerrilla love, he decided to follow Jesus and become a Christian.
That’s what I like to call guerrilla love. People have misconceptions of Christians – that we’re judgmental, holier-than-thou, isolated, homophobic, hate-filled, and too political. And we need to tell those people about Jesus. But why would they listen to someone they feel that way about? And why would they want to become like someone they feel that way about? And so we have to destroy their stereotypes. And we do it by ambushing people with the love of God. Compassionate connection must come first.
We need to tell people about Jesus, but compassionate connection comes first. We lead with love. We ambush people with the grace of God. We attack the misconceptions people have of Christians – that we’re judgmental, holier-than-thou, isolated, homophobic, hate-filled, and too political. No one who believes that about us will listen to what we have to say, so we destroy those stereotypes, and we do it with love.
A guerrilla love ambush could be buying someone’s dinner, giving your garbage man cookies, throwing a block party, inviting the unpopular person at work to lunch, doing yard-work for your neighbor, or … forgiving your son’s killer.
We’re taught in 1 Peter 3:15-16 that we’re to live in such a way that it forces people to ask questions. Questions like “Why are you like this?” “What’s so different about you?” “Why do you have the hope you do?” “Why do you love the way you love?” Repeated love ambushes destroy misconceptions, and force people to ask questions and, when they do, we get to tell them about the reason we love, about the one who inspires and gives us the power to love, we get to tell them about Jesus. And the grace we’ve shown will have already overcome their resistance. They’ll want to listen to us, and they’ll be open to becoming like us.
And that, well, that’s guerrilla.
Es negribu izklausīties ķecerīgs, bet man ir novērojums, lai padarītu. Mans draugs Freds bija ražīgs vadošajās cilvēkus Kristum pirmajos gados viņa kristīgās dzīves, jo viņš nāca ārā no mūzikas skatuves Losandželosā un norādīja kaut ko pie manis, es domāju, bija interesanti. He noticed that the vast majority of people who come to Jesus weren’t so much led to the Lord by someone or by a church that was doing a bang up job of evangelism. He said his role was mostly to befriend folks, to share what God had done in his life then to invite them to church where they could sense the presence of God, pray a simple salvation prayer and the “Deal would be sealed” as he put it. You might call it Presence evangelism more than Informational based evangelism.
Hundreds of books have been written from the perspective that it’s the church’s responsibility to do the working of evangelism – and to a degree that’s right. It’s of course clear from Scripture that Believers play an important part in leading people to the Lord. Let’s not entirely change that equation. At the same time we need to recognize what God is doing as well – that a big percentage of people worldwide are being directly engaged by the Holy Spirit directly by various means other than linear means of evangelism.
If this is true what does it imply regarding our evangelism approaches? We need to be doing a lot of seed planting. We need to find some measure of satisfaction in the ministry of nudging many toward Christ whether they actually come to know Christ through us or not. As Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 3:6, it’s about planting, watering as well as harvesting. Before there is a harvest it’s necessary to diligently plant and water. Sometimes there is a lot of repeated planting and watering before a harvest comes about. My professor friend George Hunter agrees with me – on average in our day it takes a person about 12-20 revelatory connections for a person to be converted. In his words, “Steve, that’s a lot of toilets that need to be cleaned.”
I’m going to continue to proclaim the Gospel as clearly as possible to as many as possible. At the same time I recognize God is quietly, persistently up to something dynamic in the hearts of many we will perhaps never engage in conversation.
Viens no labākajiem veidiem, kā veidot morāli agrīnā darbā ir ierakstu starpposmi. To var izdarīt pirms laika vai pēc. Bet katru baznīca ir pavērsieni viņi var redzēt uz priekšu vai ir pievienota viņu panākumiem. Es domāju, ka ir vairākas kategorijas, kas varētu tikt apspriesti: finansiālā, personāla, vietas, impact on people’s lives measured by conversions, and missional progress.
One milestone may be a major gift that started you in a new level of ministry. Or a milestone may be the first person that receives Christ. Or your first baptism. Celebrating these steps of progress builds morale. And morale is the most valued asset of any church. So build it step by step.
Parties are great to celebrate milestones through as well. Have some cake and coffee after a service celebrating a milestone. Keep a record of successful events and report and review them regularly in newsletter form.
One Tuesday afternoon I asked God for an African American keyboardist, for the owner of the lot next to us to sell even though he had obstinately refused many times and for someone to head up the construction of an addition we were planning.
I told my partner in the ministry God was going to answer that day. That afternoon a talented African American keyboardist came into our offices and said she felt she was supposed to see if we needed a keyboardist. And our neighbor called me over to talk under his large cedar tree. He said he was ready to sell. And to top the day off a builder, new to the church, who had just retired, asked if he could help on our addition project. It was a great day. I talked about those milestones for years and still do.
Stories are the backbone of every great church. Stop and make a list of milestones that you will pass by faith. Share them with your leaders and watch them grow from seeds in your heart.
Look forward as well to milestones that await you. It could be hiring your first staff person or getting your first meeting place. Or setting up your first board. Or maybe your first public meeting. Whatever it is mark it, celebrate it, record it, and communicate it.
1. Bread Giveaway
Everybody likes bread! Especially from those high-end bread stores with Bread Company somewhere in the name… Did you know that you can arrange to receive day-old bread from specialty bread stores for FREE? You can also check with national chain grocery stores that have in-house bakeries. Talk to the store manager and explain your outreach concept. Tell a few stories of the people you are helping and you will likely establish your “daily bread” connection. It will only take one or two of these connections to begin a substantial ministry in your community.
Many of these stores do not have a reliable source to distribute their old bread to. The key is to be consistent and reliable in picking up their bread. You will need to have a team and as schedule so you don’t disappoint the bread store managers. As a good public relations gesture, write a letter of thanks to the store manager for his company’s generosity to the community (and don’t be surprised to see it framed and posted on the wall of the store).
The ministry is simple and straight forward. Knock on the doors of the houses and apartments. Say, “Tur, we’re giving away fresh, free high-quality bread. Could you use some, or do you know anyone in the neighborhood who could use some?” Give recipients an outreach card and offer to pray for them as you hand out the bread.
How Do You Find People To Give Bread To?
Cold calling (just knocking on doors) in lower-income neighborhoods and apartments complexes works fine with this project. Stay away from neighborhoods closest to the donating store.
Kas jums ir nepieciešams
- a supply of high-quality bread
- outreach cards
2. Big Christmas Party
People in need don’t always celebrate Christmas properly because there aren’t Christ-centered celebration opportunities. You can sponsor an event that will be fun and cause everyone to focus on Jesus.
The elements of this celebration include playing games and singing songs. As you sing Christmas carols, make sure the words are available. It’s also fun to have a few inexpensive rhythm instruments to play along with.
Someone can share what Christmas is about in a very positive and upbeat way – simply explaining, “Christmas is important to me because…”
Decorations and refreshments and a meal can be simple or elaborate, depending on the inclination of your group.
For about $1 per photo, you can take Polaroid pictures of kids with an ethnically correct Santa. Design a simple backdrop and get up-close with the camera. Mount the photo on red or green construction paper and add the child’s name and year with a gold or silver marking pen.
At the conclusion of the party, give away small gifts as people depart – perhaps a Bible or devotional book. Consider giving away the decorations as well.
How Do You Find People Who Would Enjoy A Christmas Party?
Invite those who are already connected with your ministry to those in need. Give out fliers or invitations at previous events in the neighborhood, or simply walk around the neighborhood and distribute fliers.
Kas jums ir nepieciešams:
- facility to host the party
- Polaroid camera and film
- construction paper
- glue sticks
- gold and silver marking pens
- outreach cards
3. Winter Survival Kits
Winter can be hard on the body and the soul. A survival kit is great encouragement to everyone who receives one.
The kit contains a packet of facial tissue, lip balm, throat lozenges, and an outreach card.
Our churches have had great success with this project as we have aimed it at parents and business professionals. We go to parks that parents frequent with their children and downtown sidewalks as business professionals make their way out to lunch. When those we meet notice how nice the kit is, they are very grateful and usually end up striking a conversation with us.
- sporting events
- shopping centers
Kas jums ir nepieciešams
- zip lock plastic bags
- lip balm
- throat lozenges
- individual packets of facial tissue
- outreach cards
Why Outreach Cards
When doing a project, it is important to have a means to connect with those you serve. An outreach card is a business-sized card you can leave with those you have served so they can get back in touch you if they desire. The idea isn’t to accomplish a sales job where you promote your church. Rather, it is a simple way to leave your church’s name, address, phone number and service times so that when future needs arise, those you’ve served will have a way of reconnecting with you. The idea is to be available without giving out personal addresses.
If you need outreach cards for your holiday projects, we highly recommend those on our sister site at KindnessResources.com.