When it comes to new outreach ideas, events, and programs, many pastors and their church boards can get nervous about taking risks.
We tried that back in 1964 and it did not work. We’re never trying that again.
If we do that, it could mess us the church building and the custodian would get upset.
What if we try that and no one shows up, it could be a waste of money.
And, the list of excuses goes on and on!
Can I make a suggestion? Try something! Do something new that can help connect non-churches people to Jesus, to your church, or to Christians from your congregation. Take a risk, take a chance, and try something. If it works out, God gets the glory! If it does not, no big deal…Just try something else.
If you are not sure what to try, here are three suggestions for places to find great ideas:
1) Outreach Magazine (http://www.outreachmagazine.com/)
2) Other churches and their website. Feel free to borrow successful ideas from other churches in your community and around the world. Just spend 30 minutes online looking at churches that do outreach well and you can discover lots of new ideas. Get started here: (http://www.shorelinechurch.org/)
3) Old Faithful- Try something that worked in the past but has not been used for a long time. Sometimes retro comes back in style!
Get trained in sharing your faith naturally. Here are two ways to get started:
Come to the Organic Outreach Conference this November in Monterey California: http://www.organicoutreach.com/
Read one of the Organic Outreach books: Organic Outreach for Ordinary People, Organic Outreach for Churches, or Organic Outreach for Families.