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30 ideas for community outreach (1 of 3)

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series. Read part 2 and part 3, and see more articles on outreach.

The people in our communities need to hear about Jesus. And on the whole in Australia (and you can share what it’s like in your country), I don’t think we doing a great job at connecting with our communities. How many people are attending our churches who have never been to church before, or haven’t been in years? Or as I asked earlier in the week, if your church burned to the ground would the community care or even notice?

Over the next three days I’ve decided to share ideas for how we can get involved in our community, and by God’s grace, connect with the people who need to hear about Jesus. I’d love to hear your ideas too – let’s put our heads together and see what we can come up with. Our communities need us to do this.

Here’s 10 to get us started:

  1. Host a fair trade market (selling fair trade coffee, gifts, toys etc). Check out Tribes and Nations. My church hosts three or four per year. We also give away free cupcakes and fair trade coffee samples.
  2. Host a free community lunch. My church runs one of these every 6-8 weeks, and between 20-40 from outside church will join us.
  3. Get a decent website with quality, regularly updated content. Sure, this is my hobbyhorse, but people will check out your website once your church starts to gain a bigger presence. You don’t want your website to turn them off.
  4. Run a fitness session in a local park with a personal trainer. My church be doing this as part of our 125-year anniversary celebrations later this month.
  5. Hand out bacon and egg rolls to commuters on their way to the nearby train/tram station or bus stop.
  6. Volunteer your church to doorknock for a charity (e.g. Red Shield Appeal).
  7. Hold a church service outdoors (e.g. in a local park). This will make it easier for people to see what a church service is like, without the fear-factor of venturing into an unknown building.
  8. Encourage the people in your church to participate in a ‘invite your neighbour to lunch’ Sunday.
  9. Sign-up your church to Outreach Posters.
  10. Send a media release to local media each time a new event is run.

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  2. Brian Johnson

    June 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Do a regular outreach to the homeless, drug addicts and alcoholics in your area.

    This is not as scary as it sounds, but done every week by a committed team your regular “customers” will love you for it and will see the love of Jesus in what you are doing.

    You can do this with a small team of half a dozen or even less. What counts is your commitment to show Christ’s love to these people.Here in England, UK we provide hot sausage rolls and pasties from a local baker, together with tea, coffee, hot soup etc. We take this round the streets in small wheeled trollies that can be bought cheaply.

    We also hand out chocolates together with “God’s Promises”, single Bble verses folded and sealed with a small sticker. The Street People look forward to opening and reading these verses and often say “that’s just what I needed!”

    At Easter we hand out boxed Easter Eggs and at Christmas we hand out carrier bags full of food, clothes and goodies to each person attending our Christmas Carol Service.

    We always carry tracts, Bibles and New Testaments and share the gospel as we go. People listen when you have earned the right to do this by showng practical love in action.


    June 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I have read some of the approches that you have used to reach the community and you were able to get some of them to your churches.
    But in a situation where God has given you a vission for the rural gospel out reach mission working with the poor and desperate community where instead of the community coming to support the ministry , they need the support from the ministry and becouse we can not provide the local indignous ministry have always failed and yet the local ministries nomally make follow up when the internationl preachers have gone back after providing a lot to them including feeding them and we can not do the same thing and we have ended up loosing out christians to out brothers who have international ministrie and support to provide to them.
    Is partnership a solution to this for a younger misnistry?


  4. Bill Withers

    February 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    By all means win some!

  5. Priscilla Velez

    March 12, 2016 at 4:26 am

    God bless i love this post and all the comments. may God bless you all who do anything in obidience to the word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:18-20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    My husband and I are planning to do a street service. We have done it before but in a different area. This time it will be God willing in Brooklyn, NY.
    There is alot of steps with the permits. Now with the old events they werent really strict on what we brought. But in NY they are very precautious.

    I was wondering if you had any info or ideas to make it easier to do a service. For example: Last year we did it with our church and we build a stage. This year we dont have that stage and we would need to get all our equipment in NY. Any suggestions with sound cables ect. ?

  6. Brenda Vaught

    April 12, 2016 at 11:10 am

    We have a “store” for those who have needs to shop in. We get donations from different business’s . We then give each recipient a 30.00 spending fee when they come in to receive a box of food. They can take there “money” and go into the store to shop for personal items, laundry detergent and house hold cleaning supplies and various other things we receive…..It is all free for them, but they feel good about shopping and “paying” for their things….it has been a real blessings for all of us. They can save their “money” for our Christmas sale we have in November…..that is a sight to see.. God’s abundance shines.

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