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9 Outreaches for Your Mission Field

By Monty Hipp
Sept. 19, 2010

The following evangelism efforts are being done by churches across the nation — both large and small. As you read these, pray about what you can do to assist your church in reaching your community.

1. Win friends to Christ — then celebrate
Young people know their friends need Jesus. Often they need a focus for reaching them — followed by a celebration.

A summer outreach in Ohio involved 13 youth groups from various denominations. Each group targeted those who needed Christ in various ways — missions trips, youth services and youth nights involving games and videos. The group reported the number of salvations to a Web site. By September, 1,004 people had given their lives to Christ.

All of the youth groups joined together at an event called “Party at the Park.” In the crowd were many students who had committed their lives to Christ throughout the summer.

2. Lock-in outside church walls
Lock-ins are popular with young people, giving them the opportunity to be up all night watching videos, eating pizza and listening to music. But how about taking the lock-in to a location unchurched youth would already be familiar with, like a local high school? One Assemblies of God youth pastor in Idaho did just that. Area churches and clubs helped make it happen.

On New Year’s Eve, an estimated 500 students and 75 adults attended this first-ever event — playing volleyball, basketball, floor hockey and Ping-Pong.

When the clock struck midnight, he spoke about starting the new year with God. More than 100 students committed their lives to the Lord.

3. Video evangelism in the park
Video evangelism involves showing Christian films on a giant screen that can be viewed from either side in a park or on a sidewalk. As people walk by, they are drawn to the film. Chairs are available, or they sit on the ground. At each showing is a literature table.

One U.S. missionary who successfully used video evangelism in Lower Manhattan would also organize a carnival each year for the neighborhood kids in a park or an abandoned lot. Every 30 minutes the carnival booths closed for the main attraction — a brief presentation of the gospel.

4. Day of fun for the family
Fun — with follow-up — can reach entire families with the gospel. Convoy of Hope and similar ministries offer communities a day of food, fun and outreach. AG churches that partner with Convoy can follow up with guests and connect them with a congregation near their home.

5. Ministering to adults — from a truck stage
In urban areas, trucks with stages usually mean ministry to kids. Using them in ministering to adults can also be effective. Outdoor concerts with theatrical lighting on a warm, summer night will almost always attract a crowd. Add free snacks and soft drinks to the mix and you’ll have a hit for sure.

6. Night for middle school students
There’s no one better to draw middle school students to church than their friends. Have a youth function with an emphasis for students to invite their unsaved friends, and you’ll draw a crowd to the church. Have inflatable sports equipment, such as a Velcro wall or rock-climbing tower. Take time to give a clear, simple presentation of the gospel in the mix of all the activity.

7. Day camp on Christian school campus
The campus of a Christian school, vacant in the summer, can be used to minister to kids.

For four weeks of the summer, Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La., hosts a free camp for inner-city children and teens. After breakfast, they are taught the Bible. The ministry offers tutoring and extracurricular activities to students who are struggling academically. Each day they are given the opportunity to accept Christ as Lord. On Fridays the kids are guests at a water park.

8. Church parking lot as youth center
The church and its parking lot can become a place for teens to hang out. Have designated nights when the church provides fun activities for the youth on the parking lot — wall climbing, basketball, skateboarding rails and ramps, etc. When weather inhibits outdoor activities, perhaps Christian videos could be shown inside the church and free food served.

9. Under the overpass
Services for the homeless can be held under overpasses. Park a trailer or truck with a stage under the overpass and present human videos, songs or skits. Present the gospel and after the altar call, serve a hot meal.


MONTY HIPP is president and founder of The C4 Group, a ministry dedicated to helping churches impact culture by improving their communities. For more information, visit c4group.org.

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