Outreach today calls for us to be innovative and creative. A congregation can determine outreach ideas that might be effective in their context.
Witness & Outreach
There are many ways a congregation can plan outreach efforts. Whichever process is used, it should be clear, concise, and take the perspective of nonchurched people into consideration.
“Outreach” refers to the things we do to share the Gospel with the lost people in our community through the ministries of the congregation.
Witness is the work we do as the church scattered. We have opportunities to speak of Jesus with the people in our everyday lives.
By witnessing to the hope of salvation, we offer the answer to life’s biggest questions. In sharing that hope, we should not deny the need for human care.
Witnessing to people experiencing life events or issues means extending the same love and compassion that Jesus extends to us.
“Unchurched” refers to those who have never been connected to the Christian church. We are called to witness to the unchurched people in our lives.
“Dechurched” refers to those who were once connected to the church but are not any longer. We are called to witness to the dechurched people in our lives.
Witnessing to someone who is a member of a religious organization or movement means gaining understanding of their beliefs and worldviews in order to share the Gospel.
Witnessing to different world religions means gaining an understanding of those beliefs and worldviews, which inform how witnesses should share the Gospel.
As we witness to the people in our everyday lives, we need to be mindful of the specific contexts in which they are living.
Basic witnessing addresses how to witness in a general sense. It focuses on an approach to witnessing that can be used in a variety of settings.