An often misused piece of Scripture is Paul’s statement that he has become all things to all men that he might win some. I say misused because people have taken this Scripture to give them liberty to do things that would harm the name of Christ and emphasizes a “ends justifies the means” mentality.
Still, it will no longer do to just sit in our churches and expect the unsaved to come to us looking for answers. Seriously, there are few instances now where the unsaved are turning to the churches for anything. There is no natural respect for the church or what it stands for, and this generation does not have the desire to return to church. Since this is the case, we need to be out meeting them where they are.
This can be done door-to-door, through passing out tracks, and other open air evangelism, but as we talked before, the greatest potential for seeing people saved and developing a passion for God exists in reaching out to those in need– especially children.
Outreaches that have traditionally done this are Good News Clubs and 5-Day Clubs. The problem that I have had with these, traditionally, is three fold:
- They are typically not run by a church, but by an “extra-church” organization.
- They are not usually focused on bringing people into a church, but tend toward just working with kids who are already Christians.
- They focus exclusively on the children, possibly missing out on opportunities to reach out to parents.
Don’t get me wrong– any ministry that is seeing souls saved, lives changed, and people are passionate about ministering in is worthwhile. What I am saying is that without an overarching plan– a reason for doing this ministry– what we can find ourselves having is a lot of little islands and missed opportunities.
What I am suggesting is the creation of ministry with purpose, and my purpose for these ministries would be to:
- Have these people be the front lines: Spreading the Gospel and Meeting Needs.
- Getting people familiar with the Word of God and basic terms.
- Teaching young children how to read the Bible and study it for themselves.
- Encouraging the connection between individuals and a local church.
What we’ll look at over the next few weeks we’ll look at some concepts and the “bridge work” (if you will) to reach the lost, and grow the church like Jesus commanded.