The area of Outreach is a complicated circle of steps performed not just by a single committee but by every member of our church family. When asked to explain what Outreach is it’s easy to say that’s where the advertising comes from. It’s much more than that though. Outreach is the conscious effort to fulfill Christ’s charge in the Great Commission. It is at the heart of the work of every committee and every member of our church family. Here is a brief overview what Outreach is trying to accomplish.
Create an Identity . . . not only on our identity within our community but how we strive to appear and relate to that community.
Attract Visitors . . . not only advertising but promoting new and interesting ways to encourage people to “check us out”. Checkout a few pictures on the Events Picture page. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view the picture slide show. Click here to get Adobe.
Connect Attenders . . . make them feel comfortable and welcome among us.
Equip Members to be Inviters . . . providing the necessary tools for members to go out and personally invite someone to visit.
Christ has charged us to take the risk of fulfilling the mission of Outreach together.
Meanwhile the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
The Great Commission from The Message Matthew 28: 16-20
If you are interested in helping with Evangelism & Shepherding for this ministry please contact Julie Loika Director of Outreach.