As part of our START Campaign that Oklahoma Baptists are conducting this fall, we are encouraging churches to conduct a 10 week Outreach Burst. There has been a significant amount of interest in the Outreach Burst and I am preparing some support materials for it right now.
I thought I might share a sneak peek of the explanation card I’m developing. I can still add stuff to it, so if you have some ideas feel free to share them in the comments section below.
10 Week Outreach Burst
It is time to reconnect with weekly outreach visitation! Many church members avoid weekly outreach ministry for three primary reasons: 1) they do not want to make a long-term commitment involving another night of their week; 2) many churches do not enough guests to sustain a 52 week outreach ministry; 3) they are insecure about sharing their faith.
5 Reasons why you should consider a 10 Week Outreach Burst
1) It is a short-term commitment (10 weeks)
2) The church probably has enough people for outreach teams to visit for 10 weeks
3) A weekly outreach effort provides an opportunity for people wanting to become soulwinners to have a mentor and gain experience (this is a big idea)
4) Many, if not most guests will appreciate a brief follow-up visit on their front porch
5) A home visit provides personal contact between the small group and the individual. People are more likely to participate in a Sunday School or small group if they have met some people from the group and if the group has shown enough interest in them to make a visit.
Tips for a 10 Week Outreach Burst
- Schedule your 10 Week Outreach Burst during prime ministry seasons.
Fall – Between Labor Day and Thanksgiving
Spring – Eight weeks before and two weeks following Easter
Summer – Schedule outreach before and following VBS and camps
Make it a habit to register people at all church events. People register for things all the time and it is a normal part of life for most people.
Develop a central data base where guest information is located. This helps avoid multiple pieces of information and multiple visits to the same home on the same day.
Select a day of the week and be consistent with the day, time, and location that your outreach teams will meet before making their home visits.
Select both a start and stop time for visits.
Provide information about your church and also your Sunday School or small groups.
Provide instruction or brief training for your outreach teams each time you meet.
Respect the privacy of the home you are visiting. Do not enter the home unless invited. Do not wear out your welcome.
Look for an opportunity to share your testimony or share information about your group.
Make the invite! Avoid “beating around the bush”. Present a positive invitation to the guest to participate in your group.
Be evangelistic. Ask exploratory questions to determine the spiritual situation of the people you are visiting. If an opportunity to share your faith presents itself, follow through.
Visit in teams, preferably from the same small group.
Celebrate and share reports each time you meet for outreach.
Keep a total of how many visits, contacts, and Gospel presentations your outreach teams make. It is amazing how many guests can be followed up on with consistent effort and planning.
Provide some variety to your outreach nights. Consider these options…
- Visit a local park or school playground during the evening and offer bottled water as a way to engage people in conversation.
- Offer to return grocery carts to the store for shoppers and give them a brochure about your church or a church ministry or event.
- Go door-to-door through a neighborhood, ask people if you can pray for them, and invite people to church and Sunday School.
- Make welcome baskets and deliver to people who have newly moved to your neighborhood.