Baptism Videos – Film every baptism and record testimonies of the people your church baptizes. Record stories about people who share their faith to celebrate the win: a lifestyle of sharing. Celebrate life change in the people who have come to faith in Christ by showing periodic baptism videos in weekend services.
The Art of Neighboring – Use Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon’s book The Art of Neighboring to cast vision for building relationships and sharing your faith. The 12 chapters of the book can be organized for group study and the book is an easy 200-page read. Some churches use it as a churchwide beyond-the-walls emphasis through small groups and worship services. Ask the question: Do church members know how to build relationships with unchurched people? Perhaps an emphasis like this can be a first step in your relational evangelism efforts.
Backyard Kids Clubs – Consider neighborhood-based backyard kids clubs in lieu of a traditional Vacation Bible School to move church members, vision and outreach outside the walls and into the community. Consider unreached areas in your community and mobilize church members in those neighborhoods for ongoing outreach efforts.
Block Parties (NAMB) – An evangelistic block party is an open-air event that incorporates food, music, kids’ games, prizes and other elements to build a relationship climate in which the gospel can be shared. NAMB’s Block Party Manual provides a complete guide to help your church plan and execute a successful event.
Friend Day – Friend Day is one of the most popular high-attendance day campaigns. Order resources at the Church Growth Institute.
God’s Plan for Sharing (GPS) – NAMB is leading Southern Baptists to adopt a vision for “Every Believer Sharing, Every Person Hearing by 2020.” GPS breaks the process down into four distinct biblical markers–praying, equipping, sowing and harvesting–that can help you coordinate efforts in your church with others across the continent.
High Impact Events (NAMB) – Special events are one of the most effective means of reaching individuals who otherwise would never come to your church. In the new manual, “High Impact Events: People Reaching People,” NAMB’s Evangelization Group has compiled templates for 24 such events, ranging from dinner theater, to sports clinics or holiday parties.
Information/Connection Cards – Information cards or tear-off panels are a key way to connect with first-time guests. Consider whether the information you ask for is important enough to place on the card. Guests enjoy leaving comments and are more likely to give less rather than more information. For better response rates, create unique information cards for special events and ask everyone to fill them out.
Invite Tickets – Use business-card or other size cards to resource church members’ inviting and sharing efforts. Create “ticket” cards for events with sowing or reaping evangelism potential. Promote events as an “invite-your-friend” opportunity for believers purposefully building relationships with unchurched neighbors and friends.
My Friendship Connection – My Friendship Connection is a complete strategy designed to mobilize your church for a great day of outreach. Resources include sermons, small group lessons, short daily devotionals and variety of promotional materials. The program works well as a high attendance day or special outreach (sowing and reaping) day.
NAMB – North American Mission Board, SBC
Outreach Night – Outreach Night can be organized as an inreach and outreach tool with prayer, phone call, note-writing and home visit stations. Weekly touches can be scheduled so that new prospects rotate through various stations over an eight-week period. Recruit groups to staff the stations weekly or monthly and track the number of contacts made to keep everyone accountable.
Soul-Winning Commitment Day – Soul-Winning Commitment Day is set on a specific Sunday each year, but a church can select any day of the year to have an annual evangelism emphasis. Use the day to initiate a “praying for the unchurched” emphasis or ask believers to make a commitment to selected evangelistic activities. NAMB offers resources to plan, prepare and launch Soul-Winning Commitment Day.
TrueLife.org – TrueLife.org combines the helpful knowledge of university and seminary professors with the web to answer life’s most challenging questions. Answers are presented free of charge in an online video format by qualified experts in the fields of biblical studies, theology, history, philosophy, ethics and science. Churches that subscribe to the service receive TrueLife evangelism cards, an implementation plan, a custom church profile on the TrueLife web site, study guides and leader guides, a video player for the church’s web site and a comprehensive start-up kit.
TrueLife Invite Day – Distribute TrueLife cards widely among church members and plan a specific Sunday as TrueLife Invite Day. Ask believers to hand out TrueLife cards to people they know and ask them to give a personal invitation to morning worship and a small group. Train the church to use the card and the TrueLife.org web site as a resource for answering questions and objections about Christianity.