Seven Shifts in Church Outreach

June 7, 2016
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Podcast Episode #231


Discuss a recent post on church outreach and how it has changed over the past few decades.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • We still need personal contact with non-members for evangelistic reasons.
  • The first place people come into contact with your church is likely no longer the worship service but the church website.
  • As much as things change, one thing remains the same—the gospel still works.
  • When it comes to evangelism, do something.
  • Most of the time, multi-site and multi-venue are done to intentionally reach new people, not accommodate existing members.
  • Growing churches have shifted from a “you come” posture to a “we go” one.

The seven shifts we are seeing in church outreach are:

  1. From in-home visitation to lunch or coffee shop visits.
  2. From newspaper ads to Facebook ads.
  3. From worship services to the church website as the front door.
  4. From complex gospel presentations to simple gospel presentations.
  5. From multi-service to multi-venue and multi-site.
  6. From attractional to going.
  7. From national and international giving to contextual giving.

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