For our final Wednesday night session of CrossWay On Purpose, 12 of us tossed around some ideas for our first outreach event.
We talked about two different kinds of outreach: attractional and missional (we didn’t use those words, but that’s what they are).
Attractional outreach is when we try to bring people into our facility to minister to them and share the Gospel with them. Missional outreach is when we leave our facility and go out to where people are, to minister to them and share the Gospel with them.
There were some great ideas for both types of outreach. Since we’re wanting to start with something simple, so we can do it soon and involve as many people as possible, we decided to put some of the best ideas on hold–though not for too long. In the end, we decided to move forward with two outreach events, one attractional and one missional.
For one of them (I’ll let you figure out which is which) we’ve set aside 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20th to go somewhere and give away something to someone. Pretty specific, huh? In the time we had last night we didn’t settle the details–I’ll work them out over the next few days, shouldn’t be too hard. But we know we’ll meet here at 11:00 that morning and get out of the building to go meet some people and give ‘em stuff.
The other event, for which we haven’t set a date, is a night of free childcare for the families involved with our preschool (what some churches call “Parents Night Out”). That one will require more planning and preparation, so we’ll continue working on that one over the next couple weeks or so.
We compiled three lists: a list of missional outreaches, a list of attractional outreaches, and a list of where people are (simple and obvious, but absolutely crucial). Here they are:
- bonfire on the beach
- Diakonia (a local shelter) visitation
- AA outreach (they meet in our building)
- gutter cleaning, leaf raking, etc.
- free oil changes
- ministry to bless school teachers (pick a different school each month)
- nursing home visitation
- ministry to Senior Center
- rides to church
- dollar drop (dropping dollars in public places, with a note attached explaining the who-what-when-where-why)
- serving Diakonia at Thanksgiving
- movie night
- dinner for Training Station parents–with free childcare
- Parents Night Out for Training Station families
- babysitting during Christmas shopping
- “Daddy & Me” event
- breakfast for hunters on opening day of season
- Monday Night Football
- free donuts/baked goods
- Station Break (activities for Training Station parents)–ex. Christmas cookie baking
- Grand Reopening events
Where People Are:
- Stephen Decatur High School
- Nursing Home
- Ocean Pines
- Local Events
As we continue with CrossWay On Purpose on the first Sunday afternoon of each month, we’ll have the opportunity to follow up on all these ideas.
Looking back over the past three and a half months since we began this study, I can see how far we’ve come. So far everything we’ve done has been on the level of praying, studying, thinking, and talking–but that’s where it has to start in order to be strategic and effective. But now we’ve gotten to where we can move into action, and I think we’re all excited about that!