Ministry Outreach

How to Reach Those We Haven’t Reached Before

People laughing
Laughter could be a strong attraction to the church for non-believers. (Hal Seed)

It may not be well received by some, but stepping outside the box to reach the lost could work wonders. Here’s one example that did for Pastor Hal Seed.

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Rick Warren: 8 Acts of a Healthy, Growing Church

Saddleback Church
Saddleback Church (Facebook)

Pastor Rick Warren says that if we echo the actions of the early church, we can expect God’s blessing on our church. Find out what characteristics of the early church we must mimic.

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Research: Protestants Increase Involvement in Social Justice

Harvest Food Bank
(Facebook)

Many Christians believe they can't preach Jesus and not care about justice or, conversely, that they can't have true justice without pointing people toward Jesus the Just. Find out why the numbers seem to show that more churches are catching that mission.

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8 Commitments for Small Group Leaders

Church small groups
Small church group

Small group leaders have a tremendous responsibility. Find out what kind of example they should set for their members.

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Scott Attebery: The Cost of Disciple-Making

wooden-bridge-large-posterDietrich Bonhoeffer’s book The Cost of Discipleship is a classic. It powerfully describes Christ’s call for men to “come and die” in order to be His disciple.

In as many times as I have discussed that book with friends, I’ve never thought about an equally important concept—until now. Since a true disciple of Christ will become a disciple-maker of others (after all, that is Christlike), we must also consider the cost of disciple-making.

Initially, we may think the cost is time and energy. Certainly this is true. Disciple-making is a commitment to open up your life to another person. It’s an act of service that requires long hours, late-night calls, inconvenient conversations and out-of-the way trips.

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Why Evangelism Should Focus on Receptive People

Man-fishing-smallIt’s a waste of time to fish in a spot where fish aren’t biting. Wise fishermen move on. They know fish eat at different times of the day in different places. To apply this to ministry, you need to focus on the most receptive people in your area.

This is not a marketing principle. It’s a basic New Testament principle. Jesus told it in the parable of the sower. When you sow seed, some of it falls on rocky ground, some on stony ground, some on hard ground and some on good soil. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew what the good soil was and sowed all your seed there? Why waste seed, time, effort, energy and money?

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