101 Outreach Ideas for Small Churches


I’m playing around here and this is the rough draft of  101 Outreach Ideas for Small Churches.  Any others you want to add?  I’d love to hear any stories you have about any outreach ideas you’ve used.  I’m working on a book, and would like to include real stories from real churches.  Time for your 15-minutes of fame!  Here’s a start —

101 Outreach Ideas for Small Churches

  1. Sponsor a school or classroom
  2. Angel Food Ministry
  3. Family movie night
  4. Super Bowl party
  5. Resource center for senior programs, etc
  6. Host a music concert
  7. Block party
  8. community festival
  9. Halloween alternative
  10. Community heroes
  11. Christmas nativity tour
  12. community garden
  13. art show
  14. build a labyrinth
  15. free hotdog lunch
  16. school supplies
  17. parents’ night out
  18. mothers morning out
  19. partner to raise money for a local cause
  20. invite former members back — homecoming
  21. themed worship
  22. recognize special groups
  23. pulpit exchange or joint worship with other congregations
  24. community vbs
  25. community thanksgiving service
  26. thanksgiving for singles, seniors, and others
  27. trunk-or-treat
  28. day camps
  29. multi-generational groups
  30. crafting, scrapbooking, quilt-making groups
  31. day trips for seniors
  32. senior adult programs, lunch
  33. talent show
  34. church yard sale
  35. blessing of the animals
  36. free carwash
  37. make a difference day
  38. martin luther king day events
  39. english as a second language
  40. computer access 
  41. computer training
  42. grief workshop
  43. grandparents day
  44. mothers day
  45. fathers day
  46. advent activities, booklet, devotion guide
  47. milestone celebrations — anniversary, debt-free, etc
  48. achievement recognition — ball teams, championships, etc
  49. election day activities
  50. county or state fair booth
  51. tradeshow booth
  52. tourism booth
  53. homebound ministry 
  54. grief ministry
  55. nursing home ministry
  56. report card rewards
  57. skate park
  58. soundcheck like event
  59. lock in
  60. lock out
  61. youth service corps
  62. door-to-door food collection
  63. christmas parties for seniors, kids, families, target groups
  64. school recognition
  65. college day
  66. financial peace courses
  67. driving courses that target very young or AARP groups
  68. election forums
  69. non-profit helping agency fair
  70. volunteer recognition and thanks
  71. social services, community action partnerships recognition
  72. literacy program
  73. addiction programs
  74. single adult programs
  75. single parent groups
  76. special needs events
  77. health screenings
  78. diet and cooking classes
  79. book discussions
  80. neighborhood inventories and assessments
  81. prayer ministry
  82. open sanctuary or prayer room
  83. daily office
  84. taize services
  85. community celebration events
  86. community unity events
  87. community newsletter or bulletin board
  88. newborn gifts
  89. newcomer welcome baskets
  90. graduate recognition
  91. community music program for children, seniors
  92. helping resource inventory and volunteer directory
  93. home blessings
  94. weddings and funerals
  95. boy scout, girl scout, b&g club sundays
  96. second sunday fellowships
  97. personalized invitation
  98. Easter, palm sunday invitations
  99. food, clothing, and cleaning supplies pantry
  100. civic club sunday
  101. family skate nights
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100 Comments

  1. Chuck,

    Hey brother. You probably don’t remember me but I met you in the roundtable discussion room at the NOC. Anyhow, some folks from our church are having a little Xmas party for my wife’s former school kids (she used to teach kindergarten). We’re doing it our house, and inviting neighborhood kids, along with some church kids to give us a critical mass. This will be our 2nd year. We do a little rotation of crafts, snacks, games, and Xmas lesson. If you want any more info, let me know at geoffsnook@gmail.com

    1. We have started a grief group which we call A Source of Comfort. It has been well received. We are a group of like minded individuals who have suffered loss. A loss of a loved one, job, friendships, job, etc. It has been a blessing for those that came to share their experiences.

  2. Hi Chuck

    What a great list. And a way of making people think. I’d add one thing – integrate whatever activities a church does with its website, and make the website outsider-friendly. We try to suggest ways to do this at
    InternetEvangelismDay.com/design

    Blessings

    Tony

  3. A church in my neighborhood gives out DVDs at Christmas time. They go caroling in the neighborhood and drop the DVDs off at houses as they go. I can’t remember last year’s DVD..maybe “Jesus of Nazareth.” (No, I don’t remember the DVD, but I remember who gave it to me.) For a less expensive option, how about offering CDs of your choir singing Christmas classics?

  4. This is just in time for our group! We got ourselves togeather, now it is time to serve. I also like the cd of
    Christmas Classics if it can be produced with excellent sound quality.
    God bless your ministry. You are invited, WWYD, “What Would You Do” if somebody just gave you a church, no strings attached. willohroots.wordpress.com

  5. Great list! Thanks for posting it. One we recently did was a “Got Leaves?” raking outreach. We put a sign out letting the community know we would rake leaves for free on a certain day and listed a phone number to call for an appointment. We had nine calls requesting an appointment along with 4-5 referrals of friends or widows who might be interested. In all, we did 11 houses and parts of 3 others before getting rained out. A few of us went out on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning to finish the houses we weren’t able to get. Most asked about giving a donation to the church but we told them we wouldn’t take any but just wanted to show God’s love in a practical way. Had some surprised responses and a few good conversations. In all there were 53 of us who went out including all age groups.

  6. Hi Chuck,

    If it’s on the list but I didn’t see it, I’m sorry:

    Christmas Caroling

    We had people crying with happiness that we came singing Christmas carols at their doors last year.

    It built some real bridges to people we hadn’t yet reached.

  7. Stay in contact with visitors, members and just about everyone through REAL, paper greeting cards that are processed through the Internet–similar to how online bills are processed but a card is mailed not a check. These are NOT e-cards. I’d love to tell you more about this as it is revolutionary in effective outreach. E-mail me for my phone number. Visit the website to send 2 free cards. Trust me. You’ll like it and it won’t cost you a dime to try it.

    1. Read your reply to this article. I am starting to work as an interim paster small church, could you send me your idea and how to get it up and running

  8. Chuck,
    I love this site! It is great to find a place to share ideas. My wife and I started an outreach & follow-up ministry at our home church in Akron, OH. We have a few different ideas. A few of us at our church go door to door hanging door hangers every Saturday without fail. We have REACHed a community of over 9,000 people in just over 4 months. We started a mail campaign to friends and families of people at our church. Between both outreaches we have added about 25 people who have started attending faithfully because of it in the past 10 months. We have people visit almost every Sunday! We have seen people saved and lives changed. God has moved in a mighty way! We created a website where everything God gives us can be downloaded for free at http://www.time2reach.org. Our goal is to see America turned upside down with the gospel! God Bless you Chuck for what you are doing!

  9. Hey there my friend,

    I stumbled across this page. Theses are great ideas. However, could I encourage you. The emphasis of your page really needs to be One Million ways to share the Gospel. God gives us multiple opportunities to share the Gospel each and every day.
    Honestly, there’s really no need for BIG events. If we simply follow the leading of God’s Holy Spirit, He will guide us to people He is already convicting of sin, righteousness and judgment.
    Listen, I do not say these things to persecute you. I simple want to exhort you to allow the Lord to lead His people to the lost souls He’s already convicting.
    Want help? visit: http://www.goodpersontest.com and http://www.wayofthemaster.com

    God bless you my friend.

  10. Chuck
    Yesterday our congregation hosted a Blessing of the Boy Scouts preceeded by a tasty breakfast. Scouts, parents and other family members attended filling up the small sanctuary. We blessed the boys and leaders in their endeavors and for their upcoming trip to Philmont. In August we are having a blessing of animals with ark in the park – live music, games, hamburgers. Late August we will have a Blessing of Teachers as they return to another teaching year.

    Other ideas, mother/daughter and father/son banquet.

  11. I am glad that you are wanting to do something.Ther are many great tools and ideas outthere you can tap into, outreach.com But the please the best thing you can do is keep Christ in Christmas. He is not an x. Please be mindful of this thank you.

    1. “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as “Christ”.

      X is Greek for Christ…. Get educated before you comment…

  12. need more info. on out reach for addicts.im a recovering addict of 3yrs. and i want to give back through my testimony of how how destroyed the chain of drugs in my life . im currently working with womens ,empowering women with issuses that range from drug addiction to low self esteem. please help me….

  13. There are some GREAT ideas in here. One other idea/concept might be a computer lab. In our ministry context there are many former inmates who, once released, have no way of forging a life for themselves outside of drugs, etc. So, it’s an effort to help these people acquire practical life skills through computers while ministering to them the Gospel.

  14. All of these ideas are great and all but they alomost all cost money and that can be hindering to many churches who are trying to bring in the people. I just finished reading a great book called “the Hole in our Gospel”- the best way to bring people in to the church is for us to be the ‘salt of the earth and the light of the world.’ Jesus didn’t host carnivals to attract thouseands-he reflected God and THAT is what brought the people in. We as Christians need to go the extra mile and show the world our Love.

    1. Jesus didn’t use carnivals because there weren’t any. He did however use what he had, miracles, signs and wonders. The sad truth is that just being salt and light just ain’t cutting it unless you realize what that really means. Salt is flavor that excites the senses. Do you live a life that exemplifes good flavor or dull and bland? Is your life one that the world could look at and desire or is it one that they would just walk away from? Is your church growing? Might want to try something different.

    1. Mr. Warnock,
      Maybe you can help, I have been searching for topics for a spring fling at our church. How it works is that we would offer 3 classes in the AM , lunch, then 3 classes in the PM. I am looking for 3 bible based topics that could be studied in a 1-1 1/2 hour class. The other 3 classes would be for example we are starting the Daniel Plan, and I thought of trying to get a dietician to come. If you would have any suggestions, I would appreciate it.

  15. Hey,

    My name is Chuck Garcia, San Joaquin Division Director for the So. Cal District Royal Rangers. The Royal Rangers is currently utilizing five different themes in reaching the unsaved for Christ: Outdoors, sports, technology, vocational trades, and fine arts. Of those five, sports has hit really big. In fact, community soccer clinics and outreach days are in the planning stages for 2010. The division is in California, covering the grapevine (North of Los Angelas) to Fresno, with the width of the sierra mountains on the east, and highway 33 on the west. Within this vast area, we plan to launch various outreach activities that will reach our target audience: Boys ages 5-17. Moreover, Royal Rangers is committed to reaching EVERYONE for Christ!

  16. A couple of fun ideas we have used are a free golf clinic for kids in 1st-9th grades. We partner with high school and college golf teams, and some local businesses to host this on 3 Sat. mornings in the spring. Last year we had over 100 kids on each Sat.
    Another great event our youth did was to host a “Senior Prom” at a local nursing home complete with decorations, punch and cookies, corsages for the residents and even a Prom King and Queen voted on by our youth. The youth and residents danced together and had a great time interacting. The nursing home residents and their families were very appreciative.

  17. Hey Guys and Gals,

    My name is Jhan Beaupre (pronounce Jan Bo-pre), I’m the Communications Director for a small church in Texas. This church had been in the area for 10 years and only had less than 30 members and visitors on any given weekend. The church was just outside of the city limits and the folks at city hall didn’t even know that our church was here! ~ After I took over communications I made it my goal that everyone in the area would hear about this great little church and what it had to offer. ~ A retired couple had started a food basket program, this is news worth, it made the paper and a church publications. This personal ministry later developed into a full size food bank. ~ There’s an event in our area called Antique Alley twice a years, it’s about 20 miles of yard sales with vendors and other events. Our church set up a booth and gave away free cold water bottles; it was a meet and greet the public thing. ~ Every time we had an event or something news worthy it’s my job is to let everyone know, inside and outside of our church. Not for our glory but for the glory of God. It draws attention, arouses curiosity, and then folks want to come to see what’s so special about this little church. ~ Not so little anymore! We have to plan some expansion very soon, to accommodate visitors we’re sitting up table in the hall for our potlucks. ~ Communications is an often over looked ministry, continue the Bible studies, keep doing the Nursing Home Visitations and all of the other ministries that you can, then spread the word. We’ve had people come to our church saying, “I’ve heard about your church, our church doesn’t do anything like this, how can I be a part of your outreach ministries?” ~ The other day our pastor gave me a huge compliment, “you have put our church on the map, there’s not another communications person in our denomination, even in the larger churches, who has done what you’ve done.”

    Jhan Beaupre

  18. Chuck,

    Thanks for the list. One thing we do is each year take a booth at the village “Founders Day” event. In this booth we offer prayer, give away books and cd’s and connect with people in the community. Your community will probably have one of these type events. This year we are conducting a survey on church effectiveness and giving a coffee cup to the respondents.

    Blessings,
    PB

  19. Greetings from the UK
    I wrote and produced an album called ‘The Bible in an Hour Musical’ which was designed to reach out to non Christians. It has been ‘busked’ in the street (here in Bath, England), performed in schools, churches, youth groups and even on Radio. We are planning to give a number as gifts this Christmas with a specially designed card – the emphasis of the Musical is that God the Father desires relationship with His children through faith in Jesus Christ. The Musical is fun, poignant, simple and effective. Please visit my website: http://www.bibleinanhourmusical.org.uk to listen to free tracks. If you are further interested I’d be delighted to provide you with any resources you’d need to get it up and running in your area of the States – perhaps supply a bunch of the Albums at a reduced rate.
    Yours,
    Peter j Foster.

  20. We offered the children who were regular in attendance for Sunday School for 3 months an airplane ride. Most new pilots will be glad to fly the plane, if you provide the gasoline, for the experience. Ashort flight around the field doesn’t pose any great risk.
    Also, for the elderly who live alone, we provided a blue light bulb, and asked that they position it near a front window. If they need help during the night they can turn the lamp on. The county sheriff was asked to be on the look-out during their patrols.
    Also, the elderly were assigned buddies and they were to telephone each other to check on them daily.

  21. Precious greetings unto you in the name our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Am Evang. Emmanuel F Eniola, a rural Evangelist of Christ Way Bible World Outreach, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun state presently the chapter secretary of PFN Ijebu Ile South, Oke Sopen.

    Let me begin by appreciating the Grace & hand of God upon your life & ministries of giving to the work of the Gospel.

    On Monday I was at Akinkemi Prayer Mountain for three-day prayer retreat, that is (Monday 06/09/2010 to Wednesday 08/09/2010) of which I came back on Thursday morning.

    Among the request I present to God on the mountain, are as follows:
    1. We have two tracts to be printed in 10 languages.
    2. There is a particular website that the Bible audio was presented in 250 languages of Africa, that we can download on both CD and audiocassettes in 10 languages.
    3. By the grace of God, I’ve written three spiritual books in Yoruba, we believe God to get them printed in 9 languages.
    As I’ve said earlier hat we are into village to village crusade, Ijebu Igbo is a big city in Ogun State surrounded by 187 villages, occupy by farmers and illiterates, my personal heart desire is that these people should be hearing God’s word in their languages

    Concerning my above requests, the Lord might be leading to do something but the situation in our nation might be bringing doubt in your mind for that reason permit me to list these two options:
    1. Send your financial assitance thru western union
    2. By Material assistance, below the 10 languages that surround Ijebu Igbo:
    1. Igede/English
    2. Igala/English
    3. Idoma/English
    4. Calabar/English
    5. Iyala/English
    6. Cotonu/English
    7. French/English
    8. Igbo/English
    9. Yoruba/English
    The really language (Tracts) on the first page while English on other page.
    I will be in a particular village call Ajibandele for A-3days crusade within wedns15-Sat17/sept, 2010, during which I will be able to collect those tracts from the brethren that are interpreting them and get mail across to you.
    http://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com, those audio bibles can be located and be downloading to both CD and cassette.
    Any of the above options you are led to choose is great encouragement to and many people.
    God Bless You. Am expecting to hear from.

    E F Eniola
    Christ Way Bible World Outreach
    08050573690
    Ijebu Igbo, Ogun
    Nigeria

  22. We are doing an ALPHA course. Dinner, a testimony, Video, then break into small groups for dicussion. it is a 10wk course we just finished week 4 with app 70 people attending each week. http://www.alpha.org.
    We also do a yearly Free garage sale. We give everything away. Any donations we give to local food bank.

  23. Movie nights are a great idea, but it should be noted that there are copyright concerns. Viewing a movie anywhere outside a private home is considered a public viewing, and you will require licensing. It does not matter if you charge admission or not.

    1. You’re exactly right. Churches must purchase a CVLI video license. There are restrictions to this license — churches cannot charge admission, and they cannot advertise the name of the movie being shown. And, if some are tempted to skip the license, one local church in our community did so and received a bill from the movie distributor for $90 for the purchase of the video after they showed it. Thanks for pointing this out.

    2. If you could give me more information as to how I should go about acquiring this CVLI License, I would be very grateful. We plan to have a movie night in the near future and I would not like for anything to happen to put a damper on it. It will be free and open to the community. If you could get back to me as soon as possible, thank you. 🙂

  24. praise theLord Pastor/Brother,
    Very glad to meet yoy throughh your e.mail. We thanks to our god for its. Our ministries are independent. We do the church ministry, gospel for the town and village people, children’s gospel and some social services providing food and cloth(Medical Expenses are given to some one person) to poor and needy people,widows and note books, bags and unioforms to poor student’s do through children’s gospel. Providing shelter to aged people and young orphen’s-by constructing homes. My humble ruquest to consider our mail and to support our ministry we do this ministry cheerfully and devotionelly here. But for the finncial scarcity we can serve better for this ministries. We need financial aid from the philothropists like you to continue our service for the ministries in a better manner. Hopping to review a helping hand. Waiting for your reply.
    God Bless You

    Our support details
    —————————
    1. Your’s pray for our ministry.
    2. Welcome to service in our ministry any time
    3. Support your money and other tnings

    Our Bank Account:
    —————————
    Revival Gospel Ministry
    A/C No: 30372945956
    State Bank Of India, Kovilpatti Branch, Tuticorin District,Tamil Nadu, India.

    Our Web Site:
    ——————–
    http://www.revivalgospelministry.org

    N.B. choose any one help for our ministry
    God Bless You.

    1. Church developing.
    (or)
    2.Help for childrens’ gospel any gift things
    (or)
    3.Help for village gospel.
    (or)
    4.Help for socoial service.
    (or)
    5.Help for Gap Gat prayer fellow-ship including pastors and beleivers.
    6.For want help for church building construction God Bless

  25. Prise the Lord Pastor\Brother,

    Very glad to meet you through your E.mail. We thanks our god for its. We are doing church ministry and with, we do some social work through our trustee. In this social work we give for poor and needy people and some boys and students help for rice, wheat, food and medical expences for needy peoples. Boys and students help for playing things, gifts, dresses, books, uniform and bags. Our lords vission for children and old ager’s home and school construction. My humble request to consider our mail and to support our social work. We do social work cheerfully and devotionally here. But for the financial scarcity we can better serve for social work. In this social work many people can come to in salvation. We need financial aid from the philathropists like you to continue our service for the social work and homes in a better manner. Hoping to review a helping hand, waiting for your reply.

    God Bless You.

    Founder:T. Theboral. Pastor:V.Jebaraj

    Support Details
    ———————-
    1. Your’s prayer for our ministry.
    2.Welcome to service in our ministry any time.
    3. Support your money and other things.

    Our Bank Account:
    —————————
    Revival Gospel Ministry
    A/C No: 30372945956
    State Bank of India,
    Kovilpatti Branch, Tuticorin District
    Tamil Nadu
    India.
    http://www.revivalgospelministry.org

  26. The number 1 way people come to church is through personal invitation. On the other hand, non-Christians need to feel to feel comfortable in an environment and in the company of Christians before attending church. We have found that a personal invitation to someone’s house for dinner works well. Inviting a non-believer to a Superbowl party attended by other church members is an excellent way to start. People need to feel comfortable in the presence of church members before inviting them to service.

  27. i love the suggestions. but am afraid some if not all of them can not be understood here. am in masaka, uganda, east african. please let me suggest some ideas for an outreach ministry such as ours:
    1. micro enterprise development
    2. child care and support
    3. youth camps
    4. woman craft groups, such as bead making
    5. men sports groups

  28. We are the Nehemiah Family Church International in South Africa and we also do much of the outreaches in the communities and we believe in outreaches. Thank you so much for the information and the input from your page that help us a lot with lots of ideas of what to do next. We need people who may have an interest in touching other peopes lives in South Africa and Malawi where we are to visit our website (www.nfcoutreachministries.blogspot.com) and see what we are doing. They are free also to contact our Senior Pastor Xolani Goodenough Badat on +2783 341 6702 or xgbadat@gmail.com or xbadat @yahoo.com.

  29. I am a pastor in DRC Bukavu town, would like to contact you for asking whether you can start a new mission in our country. if yes please answer me because we are looking a church to partner withus.
    God bless you so much

    Pastor Birindwa Bahizire
    PO Box 180 Cyangugu
    Rwanda

  30. Our church has formed a group for all the ladies AND girls, offering a chance for mentorship through multiple generations. In that group we have monthly events that always include a lesson, and often include a service. We have had a Bowlathon to raise money for a children’s home, we have had a cake decorating class and then delivered the cakes to our local fire and police stations, we have celebrated our fathers with a lesson about God, our Heavenly father and then donuts and coffee for our earthly fathers after church service, we have put together holiday baskets for our widows and widowers, we have made cards and treats on Valentines day for all the single folks. We are planning to have a Fashion Show of Giving where we let the little girls have a fashion show but we also collect gently used dress clothes for women trying to get back into the workforce after abusive situations. We also have an annual Thanksgiving dinner for the seniors in the community.
    Thank you for sharing your ideas! I may just use a few!

    1. I am a member of a very small church and would love to see this get off the ground there are no Bibles unless we own one. What do you need from us?

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  32. Pastor Joel john
    1.I was starting read bible when I was schoolboy because I was very interesting in history and social actives .I was read complete bible then I was start again. I was read again and again I was complete read bible six times then I was read bible. I felt some power but I did not know about the holly power. Some month ago I was seen evil spirit and see many times evil spirit. I did not have knowledge about evil spirit. I was seen Evil spirit wondering many homes. And live some old building and places. Some time I talked to evil spirit. Especially when I went to any old place, Old building .I was meet evil spirit .she tried to talk with me. And tell me her name and tell me her history. Some time evil spirit followed me when I was a try to sleep. They appeared and talked with me I read bible and prayed. That time evil spirit gone…
    2. I want tell you more about Evil spirit. Methods are use when they caught men, I tell you working method of evil spirit and style of thinking but usually they wander everywhere. They rise up in night but some time they rise up in daytime at noon. Some time evil spirit is captures men and disturb whole life .I have mush experience about evil spirit but I will share you Next time’s. This experience period is ten years. I read bible many times and prayed regular…
    3. I was liked magic and believed. I disliked pastor. I did not like baptism when any body took baptism and I felt this is funny method .one day I Was felt some think in my mind. Someone called me and told me to take baptism but I ignored. He calls me again and again but I ignore and six month gone .one days I met a pastor and told the whole thing. Pastor prayed for me. And he prayed for many days then he give me baptism then we went on canal he give me baptize .in this time I was feel some black thing break off my body and in that time my body and spirit felt happy and I prayed regular and read bible
    After two years I was met another pastor .he told me that you must join seminary so I joined seminary and took lot of knowledge and Holy Spirit. Now I see many evil spirits they see me and run way

  33. joeljohn@msn.com/joeljohn@hotmail.comPastor Joel john
    1.I was starting read bible when I was schoolboy because I was very interesting in history and social actives .I was read complete bible then I was start again. I was read again and again I was complete read bible six times then I was read bible. I felt some power but I did not know about the holly power. Some month ago I was seen evil spirit and see many times evil spirit. I did not have knowledge about evil spirit. I was seen Evil spirit wondering many homes. And live some old building and places. Some time I talked to evil spirit. Especially when I went to any old place, Old building .I was meet evil spirit .she tried to talk with me. And tell me her name and tell me her history. Some time evil spirit followed me when I was a try to sleep. They appeared and talked with me I read bible and prayed. That time evil spirit gone…
    2. I want tell you more about Evil spirit. Methods are use when they caught men, I tell you working method of evil spirit and style of thinking but usually they wander everywhere. They rise up in night but some time they rise up in daytime at noon. Some time evil spirit is captures men and disturb whole life .I have mush experience about evil spirit but I will share you Next time’s. This experience period is ten years. I read bible many times and prayed regular…
    3. I was liked magic and believed. I disliked pastor. I did not like baptism when any body took baptism and I felt this is funny method .one day I Was felt some think in my mind. Someone called me and told me to take baptism but I ignored. He calls me again and again but I ignore and six month gone .one days I met a pastor and told the whole thing. Pastor prayed for me. And he prayed for many days then he give me baptism then we went on canal he give me baptize .in this time I was feel some black thing break off my body and in that time my body and spirit felt happy and I prayed regular and read bible
    After two years I was met another pastor .he told me that you must join seminary so I joined seminary and took lot of knowledge and Holy Spirit. Now I see many evil spirits they see me and run way

  34. Our church hosted a “Global Thanksgiving” Various groups from the congregation prepared foods of different ethnic origins. We dressed up in Native costume (or as close as possible) and decorated our tables. The community was invited to come in for fellowship and to sample the cuisine. It was very well received and we have volunteers from those who attended to help us do it again next year

  35. We have a pie ministry to welcome newcomers — without pressure — a member of the ministry bakes & delivers a pie as a thank you for attending. This is a very popular program. Also, our hearth guild has long prepared meals for parisioners with shortterm needs and supports Meals-on-Wheels for longer term needs. As a subgroup, we started a House Angels program which I coordinate to line up people to pick up groceries/perscriptions etc., take people to/from doctor or hospital appointments etc., and, if I can find the talent, to move furniture, build ramps and other one-time needs for our members. But I’ve been looking for more ideas to help the church reach out to the wider community, and you’ve provided 101 great starting points. Thank you!

  36. THESE CAN BECOME ANNUAL EVENTS. Most will also lend themselves to youth or children events.

    Wild Meat BBQ – men’s outreach
    Fish Fry
    Spaghetti Dinner
    Bicycle Repair Bee for Free in the spring
    Teach ladies, youth, even kids how to safety check car, check and change fluids, check and change fuses; check & change tires, wiper blades, check and change light bulbs,
    Teach Bicycle maintenance to local kids
    Bicycle Safety Course – perhaps in cooperation with police, fire, or other community group
    Bicycle Rally – riding skills competition (street, obstacle, stunt, cross-country or rough terrain)
    Serve free hot dogs and bottled water at local sports events where there are no vendors
    Trash clean-up in local neighborhoods for spring clean-up
    ‘Rabbit Hunt’ – community wide ‘hide & seek’ (day or night) – with appropriate rules to keep within the law and avoid public nuisance. Can be done at a campsite, too. The rabbit, or rabbits, hide. Hunters hunt. Many variations possible.
    Splash Party – youth or children (water sports & fights) near a pool, lake, or just a field
    Field games that can be played with any number of participants, War, Earth Ball, Water Fights, the web is full of ideas). My personal favorite is using fire hoses to push an earth ball, or beach ball across the opponents goal line. Can get rough.
    Camp/BonFires for families – have refreshments and games, and guitars etc.

  37. My pastor recently challenged me to come up with an effective outreach idea for our community. He said to use the things I have been through in the past to lead the way. I have been through so much before being saved I dont know where to begin. I am a recovering addict, I lived a life of violence, alcoholism …you name it. Living in an abusive household as a child probably had something to do with the lifestyle I used to live and choices that were made. I’d love to help others through all of these situations I lived through but have no idea where to begin…How do you start something that touches deeply to many who are trying to hide their problems….what is step number one for reaching out to abused women or children …I believe the Lord wants me to use what Ive been through to help others, not just my Pastor…He’s just a messenger attempting to open my eyes to see what Im supposed to be doing for God on this earth.

  38. Hi Chuck. I would like to suggest a home repairs project/ministry. All you need to start is a couple guys with some tool skills (or it can be as simple as a yard cleanup). Those who most need repair help are typically widows, elderly, single moms and homeowners. A great service opportunity within your church and a great outreach opportunity to your community. We’ve found that after you get established your community will be inviting you into your homes.

  39. We have hosted an event called “The fire Challenge.” It was a competition between all of the area volunteer fire departments. Eight Fire departments competed each year for a 6 foot trophy. We started with a service at 11:00 on Sunday morning preaching the gospel and honoring our local Fire men. We followed up with a hog roast Sunday dinner followed by an afternoon of spectator friendly competition. I can give you more details if you are interested. Currently I am the pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church in Mattoon, IL.

    1. THESE CAN BECOME ANNUAL EVENTS. Most will also lend themselves to youth or children events.
      Wild Meat BBQ – men’s outreach
      Fish Fry
      Spaghetti Dinner
      Bicycle Repair Bee for Free in the spring
      Teach ladies, youth, even kids how to safety check car, check and change fluids, check and change fuses; check & change tires, wiper blades, check and change light bulbs,
      Teach Bicycle maintenance to local kids
      Bicycle Safety Course – perhaps in cooperation with police, fire, or other community group
      Bicycle Rally – riding skills competition (street, obstacle, stunt, cross-country or rough terrain)
      Serve free hot dogs and bottled water at local sports events where there are no vendors
      Trash clean-up in local neighborhoods for spring clean-up
      ‘Rabbit Hunt’ – community wide ‘hide & seek’ (day or night) – with appropriate rules to keep within the law and avoid public nuisance. Can be done at a campsite, too. The rabbit, or rabbits, hide. Hunters hunt. Many variations possible.
      Splash Party – youth or children (water sports & fights) near a pool, lake, or just a field
      Field games that can be played with any number of participants, War, Earth Ball, Water Fights, the web is full of ideas). My personal favorite is using fire hoses to push an earth ball, or beach ball across the opponents goal line. Can get rough.
      Camp/BonFires for families – have refreshments and games, and guitars etc.

  40. This certainly is a great list of ideas! Another great thing for churches to do for outreach is making available free Christian ecards that congregants can easily send out. Send these ecards to first-time visitors, sick, etc. Church marketing leaders should check out Card Harvest (https://cardharvest.com/). The other great thing is the cards will have your church name on the card…now Blue Mountain, Hallmark or other ecard providers.

  41. Dear servants of the lord,
    Greetings in the name of the Lord.I am absolutely glad with the work that you have established in your website and may the Lord bless you.
    I am a pastor of a small church of about 49 members.Our church is independent and we love to be part of you.
    All the time we have been praying for God to direct us to His servants who can be willing to accept us to be part of them and I thank Him for his mighty connection to your ministry.I believe by faith you will accept us to be part of you.
    Our church is fully dedicated to help and care needy people in our congregation like the widows,widowers and orphaned children.
    The little the church gets is not actually enough to meet all their needs.
    I also invite you to come here in Kenya and visit the church and orphans.Any question is welcome.May the lord bless you as I look forward to hear from you.
    In His Service Rejoicing
    Pastor Bonface

  42. We attended a small country church where we had a hayride and came back to a pavilion and shared a pot of “stone soup” The story of stone soup goes something like this, A little boy was hungry and came from a very poor family who had no food, he invited all the people he knew to come and bring 1 thing to put into the pot to make soup. (which everyone on the hayride brought something to add to the pot) Needless to say after everyone put their contribution into the pot they all had a wonderful bowl of soup. the little boys contribution was a stone he found on the way. Wonderful evening had by all.

    1. This list is so helpful. We are a small church looking for ideas to spur our growth. Am wondering if you can clarify “Angel Food Ministry” and “Lock out” and “trunk or treat”. Can not image what these are about. Great ideas listed …..thank you for sharing!!

    2. Sally, thanks and glad this is helpful. A lock out is the opposite of a lock in — an all-night youth event. But instead if staying locked at a church youth are locked out and spend all night going from activity to activity usually transported on a church bus. Angel food ministry no longer exists as an organization but it was a wholesale provider of food boxes thru local churches. Trunk or treat is a Halloween event where a church or organization invites members or groups to park in their parking lot, decorate their cars and trucks, and give out candy and do games, etc.hope this helps!

  43. HIS IS FOR SURE A BLESSING

    Dear precious servants of God,
    Holy greetings to you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord, savior and redeemer. Grace to you and peace from our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
    I’m writing from Kenya and it was by the grace of our Mighty Lord that I visited your WebPages via the internet and was privileged to find your contact. After prayerfully reading your pages, I was spiritually charged, moved and thrilled since I came to realize that we shared a common faith in the Lord.
    We’re a young growing Ministry whose major aim is to plunder hell to populate heaven. By so doing we practice Bible studies, Prayer and evangelism to various areas to meet and restore more lost souls.
    Besides the Gospel, we are involved in pity and compassionate ministries. We are taking care of orphans and 9 widows.
    I’m making a humble prayer request to our father that He may touch your hearts that we can be in partnership since we’re all brothers and sisters born of Him. And this I pray all discernment; that you may approve the things that are excellent that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ
    Secondly I could love to send you an official invitation letter to those who’re in the ministry that may be touched to come to Kenya this year. It would be great for you will have a chance to teach your sound doctrine to us, preach, baptize and also establish your mission work here in Kenya . There’s only body and one spirit, Just as you were called in hope of your calling, One Lord, One faith, One baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all in you all.
    I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy for we are hoping to be in fellowship with you. Being confident of this very thing, that “He has began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” just as it is right for me to think this of you all since I have you in my heart.

    A ministry well done by His faithful servants brings Glory and Honor to God!

    We wish you God’s blessings for time and eternity, make you complete in every good work to do His will as ye faithfully labor in Him as you look forward to extend your love to us.
    May the peace and grace which cometh fro from Jesus Christ who hath loved and gaveth us everlasting consolation be with you.I you wish to send us any books that can help us spritually,i will appreciate very much together with my Church members.Please,use the following adress.

    Pastor evans

    P.O.BOX 105KISII-.-KENYA

  44. These are great ideas for outreach. The church has so many opportunities to touch their community (and world). And they can use their website to provide information on the different outreaches they have, whether its a garage sale or a weekly fellowship group for single parents. Many in the community will check them out online before they come in person.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  45. There are so many families where either both parents work, or single parent family’s where the parent works. An after school program where a snack is provided and volunteers help kids do their homework would be a huge help, and could be a great neighborhood outreach.

  46. Dear Servant of God, I am absolutely happy to
    send you my heartfelt greetings. I feel as if my feet are not touching
    the ground because of what I have received from you and to crown it all
    the wonderful beautiful and uplifting conversion in the word of your
    website. I was so touched and I really embrace your life changing
    website I have read it and it has indeed convicted my heart and a burden has been laid in me until I have been forced through the grace of the
    Lord to write to you, thank and encourage you for what the Lord is using you for. I will never cease to pray for you and I wish you were here to help us grow to the stature of our Lord Jesus Christ.. Stir up the gift of God which is in you and we need you for eight days to teach the word of God. Set yourself apart for these eight days and nights and come ready to share with the saint of God. There will be preaching, teaching, and demonstration of the Holy Spirit and power.; please, We request you to bring for us arrival, r. Doors will open one hour prior to each service.
    Following the Monday-Saturday morning services, we will conduct Power Evangelism classes – teaching effective methods of reaching the harvest of God and doing soul wining. Please, if you are ready let us know when you are coming with your team our leaders invite you to teach them.We are on our
    knees praying for you so that you may assist us to know more about the
    riches of Christ in Heaven. You are needed brother. You really have what we need for our spiritual growth. Our congregation group here is very
    happy in the Lord through your teachings from the website that I usually use to teach them and that they desire more spiritual teachings from
    you please for we are called to open our arms to the world and bring the un churches to Christ, God is also calling us to grow in faith and grow in numbers as we serve all of God’s people in Jesus name.
    Peace and blessings. Yours Co-laborer in Christ, our church are young lack of need i think you now.i need help of players from you can make as to move one step to Christ,
    your co-re parer pastor from east Africa Kenya .

  47. its really great to hear these amazing ideas.
    very helpful.
    I’m also pioneering a rural church in the Philippines and what we did is to seized the moment some school and local events in inviting people like:

    1. nutrition week, would be a good time to feed the children of the community and organized the women in making nutritious recipes.

    2. National language week, is a great opportunity to awaken the poetic hearts and traditions of the locals by organizing a poetry presentation or contest. Old people would really showcase their talents and reminisce their heydays.

    3. Youth GIG! which means “Get In to God” where youth are invited to have a bbq party on church ground and sing some inspirational songs. its a good time to make relationship.

    4. Partner with the local government, in the Philippines we have DSWD Department of Social Welfare and Development, and organize seminars and forum on Child Protection, Child Abuse, etc…

    5. We set our church as a library and learning center during weekdays for students to study and have free tutorials.

    6. Put two boxes outside the church each one for: Prayer Request, Thanksgiving and Victory

  48. Thanks for the working list! We have had ‘care packages’ for deployed military members and friends as well as for our college students, ‘bags of grace’ for our homeless street friends, ‘Rachel Project of blankets, tote bags and books for children who are taken to child services from family or homeless situations (in memory of Rachel Cooke who was abducted while jogging 12 years ago and never found), Adopt-A-Chick program for Cherokee Reservation in Oklahoma (assisting missionary and her work), birthing kits, layette kits, school supplies kits, blue jean Sunday for Operation School Bell for kids who need clothes and on and on. The more ideas to bring in the community is what we use to get to know each other.

    Each year, we have ‘mission outreach Sunday’ or Mission Festival to invite community members to come and work with us, even to the point of environment and exercise programs. This is the key to belonging in our quickly-changing neighborhood.

  49. Pastor Chuck,

    I want to thank you for taking the time to put this list together. For asking others to add to it and thinking outside of the box! God bless you, your family and ministry!

    Forever forward in Christ Jesus!
    Harold White

  50. what a great people with great ideas,well my name is Evangelist Peter R okafor i have an outreach called Passion for Souls Intl. out reach group we are into rural evangelism, i have been looking for evangelism strategies on how to win souls for Christ, though in my outreaches i do give out alms to the widows of the community we visit but this year April 2015 i want to use my car and make one person that is lucky win it free but looking for a way to do it so it can yield fruit and give color to the crusade and to the glory of God

  51. thanks dear for your mail, is not just  my car is the only car i have but the lord need it for the crusade,but my problem is how to give out the car since there is no person in mind or instructed to give it to,what system do i use to give it out to the congregation hence is only one item ?

  52. Hi

    Sorry to bother you

    I’d just like to pass on another way to help spread the gospel (and I realise you’ve probably seen it already) but thought I should pass it on anyway and it’s simply this:-

    Include a link to an online gospel tract (e.g. http://www.freecartoontract.com/animation) as part of your email signature.

    An email signature is a piece of customizable HTML or text that most email applications will allow you to add to all your outgoing emails. For example, it commonly contains name and contact details – but it could also (of course) contain a link to a gospel tract.

    For example, it might say something like, “p.s. you might like this gospel cartoon …” or “p.s. have you seen this?”.

    I know this idea is really obvious and old hat – but thought I should mention it anyway

    Thanks

  53. paslm 112:9

    They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
    their righteousness endures forever;
    their horn[a] will be lifted high in honor

    Praise the Lord Pastor/Brother,
    Very glad to meet you through your e.mail. We thanks to our god for its. Our ministries are independent. We do the church ministry, gospel for the town and village people, children s gospel and some social services providing food and cloth(Medical Expenses are given to some one person) to poor and needy people,widows and note books, bags and uniforms to poor student’s do through childrens gospel. Providing shelter to aged people and young orphans-by constructing homes. My humble request to consider our mail and to support our ministry we do this ministry cheerfully and devotional y here. But for the financial scarcity we can serve better for this ministries. We need financial aid from the philanthropists like you to continue our service for the ministries in a better manner. Hopping to review a helping hand. Waiting for your reply.

    Our website: www. revivalgospelministries.com

    Offering our service.
    —————————-
    1. For own church Building (Now our church running in a small rent building).

    2. For 24 Hour Prayer.

    3. For open door prayer fellowship (Pastors and believers)

    4. For Good Works.

    5. For church ministry: Childrens gospel, youth, old agers and village ministry.

    N.B. No. 2 to 4 now we are doing in a small level, if you help of our ministry we are doing in big level.
    You can also provide monthly sponsor by 50,100,200,500 and you like into our Bank.

    Our E.Mails
    —————–
    1. revivalgospelministry,church@ gmail,com
    2.revival_gospel_ministry@ yahoo.com
    3.sivanandakrishnan8@gmail.com .

    Our Bank Details.
    ————————-
    Net banking
    ——————
    Account Name: V.Sivananda Krishnan

    A/c No. 11017903399

    Bank Name. State Bank Of India, Kovilpatti Branch, Thoothukudi Dt.
    Tamil Ndu , India.

    B.S.R. 0000859.

    MICR. 627002011

    IFCR. SBIN 0000859

    Another Bank Details
    —————————— –

    Account Name: Revival Gospel Ministry

    A/C No: 30372945956

    Bank Name: State Bank Of India, Kovilpatti Branch, Thoothukudi Dt.,
    Tamil Nadu, India. Pin:628502

    B.S.R: 0000859

    M.I.C.R: 627002011

    I.F.C.R: SBIN 0000859

    God Bless You.

  54. Dear prayer partners,well wishers,

    I am Pastor.P.Devadanam Andhra Pradesh State, South India.Hearty greetings to you all in the most loving name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I count this opportunity as a pleasure in which I am able write to you this letter. It is a GSBM (Good Samaritan Baptist Ministries) faith based Ministry which originated in India under a direct
    Our Needs

    Pastors help:

    We are doing ministry among very poor people.We are poor people as our
    church members are daily wage earners.We have pastors and Evangelists
    working with us in Gospel field.They are also very poor.They are suffering very much to feed their families.Their families are suffering due to lack of proper food and clothes and shelter.Their children are suffering due to lack of proper education.They are in very pathetic condition.Please pray for them.A pastor needs $100 per
    month for him and his family.Please support at least a 1 pastor’s family for their children education and for their lively hood.

    Bicycles for village pastors: There are unreached remote villages here in our state.Our village poor pastors will go to that villages and distribute Gospel tract and preach Gospel to each and every person and pray for sick and when some souls are saved they baptize them.For that villages there are no buses available in proper time.So they go on foot.Sometimes they do not go when they can not walk.They need
    bicycles to go to those unreached villages.Each bicycle costs $100.Please pray and donate If you inspires you

    Thank you so much by spending u voluble time to read our letter

    Thank you,

    Yours Brother in Christ,
    Rev.P.Devadanam,
    GSBM Ministries
    Challapalli-521 126
    Andhrapradash,
    South India,
    gsbm23@gmail.com

    Account Name: P.Devadanam

    A/c No. 181800101000443

    Bank Name.Corporation bank Challapalli Branch.
    ,Challapalli- Krishna District
    Andhrapradash, India.Pin-521 126

    P.code. 000651

    MICR. Code:000000000

    IFSC.code:Corp 0001818

  55. Praise The Lord!
    I want you to pray for us, & our ministry in Bihar (India).
    we do ministry in remote area among Hindu.
    My living God is enough to support me in ministry with finance & other.
    l do independent ministry depending on God alone because He is faithful. without his permission no one can support.
    I ask only your prayer & if God convinced you to support us with whatever He ask to do.

    if anyone is willing to know about Work of living God in that area please contact on
    rajjohn2014@gmail.com
    or call on whatsup. 7033344853 I m using same mob no for call as well whatsup too
    thanks

  56. Haave you ever thought about publishing an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs?
    I have a blog based on the same ideaas you discuss and would love to have you
    share some stories/information. I know my viewers would appreciate your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e-mail.

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