Five Big Ideas to Connect
- Strategize ways to meet new people. Often churches and ministries stall in growth because they fail to have a strategic plan for meeting new people. Creating new relationships is the absolute key to grow your church or ministry. Take time to analyze your plan for meeting new people. Here are a few ideas to get you started: have a “Bring A Friend to Church” Sunday (serve food, bounce houses, etc), throw a college meet & greet, launch small groups, have a game night.
- Get out of the church and into the community. As the salt and light of the world the church is to be visible and influential in the community. Find ways for your church or ministry to be engaged in the motion of the community. Determine to be a presence and a positive force in the community in which you reside. A couple of ways you can engage with your community are: pass out water at community sporting events, set up a booth at a local festival, adopt‐a-block, host a holiday meal, be a part of community projects.
- Answer the questions people are asking. Here relevance is king. The old cliche is true that too often the church has been guilty of answering questions no one is asking. The gospel is relevant to every generation but it’s our responsibly to package it in a way that effectively answers the challenges of the culture in which we live. Understand the culture, follow the trends and the language of the day, and don’t forget technology. People live in cyberspace.
- Be a solution to someone’s problem. 70% of people come to Christ in times of crisis and personal trauma. If we refuse to be involved in the lives of troubled people we effectively eliminate 70% of our harvest potential. Determine to help those in need whether in your back yard or around the world.
- Clarify your connecting points. The growth track used by many churches has been wildly successful because it clearly defines the path by which new people can connect with God and the church. Sadly, too many churches fail in the fundamentals of making clear paths for people to follow. Analyze your path. Is it clearly marked, defined, and easy to access for new people with whom you are trying to reach?
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