“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news…” – Isaiah 52:7
The local church has a central Gospel purpose: growing the body of Christ. When you execute a local outreach strategy, you’re not just trying to get good PR. You’re getting involved in the community to represent Jesus and share the power of the Gospel.
Community involvement is a powerful springboard for fostering relationships with men, women and children who live close to your church. By offering your time, love, space and services, you’re building trust and creating opportunities to share the good news.
Here are seven church outreach ideas to get started:
1. Support Single Parents
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 12 million single-parent families in America in 2016. More than 80 percent were headed by single mothers. One of the best church outreach ideas is to create ministries that support the single parents in your community.
Single moms may not have the time or money to make sure their car is well-maintained. Ask for member donations of fuel filters, oil and washer fluid and host a free oil change event in the church parking lot. Build a team of volunteers who know how to do basic vehicle maintenance and advertise your services around town, either through flyers or hand-outs.
While single moms are getting their cars fixed-up, you could offer snacks and activities for the kids and have friendly women greeters available to chat.
2. Clean Up the Community
Planning a spring and fall clean-up is a great way to start walking around neighborhoods and making connections with people nearby. Put together a team of hard-working, energetic landscapers and offer to rake leaves and weed flower beds for free!
You will be surprised at how quickly a diligent team can spruce up a lawn and put a smile on the homeowner’s face. Make sure you have outreach cards on hand to leave behind, sharing information about your church service times.
3. Host a Blood Drive
The Red Cross is always looking for large, open rooms to hold local blood drives. If your church has a large fellowship hall or gym, offer to coordinate a community blood drive with a local Red Cross representative.
Recruit your church members to help plan, organize and advertise for the event. You can have healthy snacks ready for the donors who participate and be ready to share information about your church.
4. Sponsor a Classroom
Teachers spend hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket to set up their classrooms every year. Could your church help?
Find a local teacher and offer to contribute financially to help their students receive the supplies they need to enhance the learning experience. You’re showing teachers, students and parents that your church community cares about them.
5. Offer a Free Exercise Class
Do you have a church member who instructs group exercise and is willing to volunteer? Consider setting up a free Zumba class with Christian music and advertise to local women. It’s a great opportunity for them to work on their fitness level and learn more about your church!
6. Plan a Summer Kick-Off Party
What better way to introduce local kids and parents to your church’s myriad of summertime events than to host a huge summer kick-off party! You could rent an inflatable bounce house, offer ice-cream sundaes and have the worship team play live music. Share information about your VBS program and all of the small group events you have planned for the coming months.
7. Start a Sports League
Know lots of adults who love playing softball? Schedule a pick-up softball game one night a week and have your church community invite all of their friends! You could take it one step further and start an entire league, either for kids or adults. Playing sports is a great way to bring people together through fun and friendly competition.
Use these church outreach ideas to help your congregation fulfill its purpose and spread the light of the Word in your community.
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:3-4