Evangelization Through Family Community Service
Have you noticed that lost families seem to be increasingly resistant to even trying out church?
Why is that?
More importantly, what does it take to break through the resistance, so we actually have a chance to share the gospel with lost families in a way that they’ll actually listen?
We’ve tried a variety of different strategies to bring lost families into our building on Sundays but have still been struggling.
We’re experimenting with different ways to bring the lost on Sundays, but we also decided to start experimenting with different ways to go to the lost outside of Sundays and our building.
At first, we thought if unchurched families won’t come to the church building, maybe they’ll come to a small group in people’s homes.
Again, we didn’t have much success.
Then one of our awesome volunteer dad’s had an idea.
He’d been looking for a place locally to serve the community with his kids, so he said what if all the families in our church had an opportunity to serve a local non-profit.
And then the dad said, “I bet if the families in our church invited their unchurched neighbors to participate in that community service, they’d jump at the opportunity.”
And our immediate reaction was we think this dad just gave us a church resistance wrecker.
A lot of families, especially one’s with millennial parents, want to make a difference in their communities, and we’re providing a great opportunity for them to do that.
It’s something that we’re just launching at our church, so we’re still figuring out how to bridge the gap from community service to church attendance.
But that gap is much less daunting than the we-invite-our-neighbors-but-they-don’t-come-so-what-now gap we have right now.
Ultimately, we believe that when unchurched people see we actually car about making a difference in the community, they’ll rethink the whole church thing.
And out of that rethinking, the transforming work of the gospel will have fresh soil in which to take seed and grow.
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