10 Community Outreach Ideas

Church leaders, are you looking for some ideas to have greater impact in your community?

Dr. Aubrey Malphurs recently released this idea sheet to spur your thinking in ministering to the community in which God has placed your church.

Review the list below and let God lead your creative mind in ways to more effectively reach, teach, and minister in your community context. Download the full sheet at the link below.

10 Community Outreach Ideas

  1. Run errands with or for someone who can’t
  2. Do a bike repair day
  3. Paint a room or two that need updating in a local school
  4. Restock crafts for teachers in a local school
  5. Read to someone, young or old
  6. Lend books
  7. Buy books
  8. Clean up a yard for someone who can’t
  9. Plant something pretty
  10. Make yourself available at least once a week for someone who is ill

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Becoming: Church-Tested Strategies for Developing Adult Disciples

What are you doing to disciple adults in your church? Often, the answer is, “We don’t have Sunday night Discipleship Training anymore, so we’re not really doing anything right now.” Pastors, staff and lay leaders in Louisiana Baptist churches are looking for solutions to discipling the adults in their churches.

“The immune systems of most churches are weak. Because we have lowered our view of God and set aside His standards, we have allowed sinful attitudes and practices to prevail. We have treated God’s Word as if it were a collection of suggestions. This weak immune system allows sickness and disease to proceed unchecked. The culture of our churches will become much healthier when we simply begin to hold one another to God’s clear standards.”

Brad Waggoner, The Shape of Faith to Come: Spiritual Formation and the Future of Discipleship, B&H Publishing, 2008, p38.

Three Groups Everyone Needs to Be In

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Extinguishers

What are the extinguishers that will keep these groups from being successful?

Program-driven: planned series of meetings where the goal is to take the largest number of people through a complete workbook or course; consideration for individual growth is secondary.

Large groups: the reasoning is that the larger the group, the greater and quicker the impact; accountability and personal/private matters are off limits; building trust is difficult.

Information-focused: as biblical information is dispensed, it is hoped learners will understand and make the necessary changes in their lives so that growth will take place.

Rigid schedule: discipleship can only take place at a specific time and place, not taking into account people’s family and work schedules.

Low accountability: when participants are not expected or under obligation to complete assignments and/or attend meetings, many drop out.

Non-reproducible: the class or group is an end in itself; participants do not intend to lead their own group and disciple others.

Reproducing disciples who will reproduce disciples is Christ’s plan for world evangelization.

—Avery Willis, MasterLife II, 249.

Essentials

What are the essentials to make the 3/4 groups work?

Process-driven: from the beginning, the group has specific goals and actions to accomplish those goals (spiritual maturity).

Very small groups: personal concerns and individual needs can be addressed; holding participants accountable for assignments, group time sharing, and attending meetings is easier.

Relationship-focused: the application of biblical principles to the individuals’ lives will be the basis for transformation.

Flexible schedule: the meeting times for the group or class will be determined by the leader and participants, taking into consideration their schedules.

High accountability: from the beginning there is an expectation that group members will attend meetings, complete assignments, participate during group meetings and disciple others.

Reproducible: participants will be enlisted with the understanding that they will enlist others and disciple them so the process will continue to reproduce disciples.

“Less than one out of every five born again adults (19%) has a biblical worldview, which is unchanged in the past 15 years; just half of all self-identified Christians  firmly believe that the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles (not the facts, just the principles) that it teaches; barely one-quarter of adults (27%) are confident that Satan exists; an overwhelming majority of self-identified Christians (81%) contend that spiritual maturity is achieved by following the rules in the Bible; nine out of ten senior pastors of Protestant churches asserted that spiritual immaturity is one of the most serious problems facing the Church.”

“Barna Studies the Research, Offers a Year-in-Review Perspective.” George Barna research, 2009, webpage; www.barna.org/faith-spirituality. Assessed 12 July 2012.

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I Will: Evangelism Conference Resources

In a survey recently taken by NAMB of effective evangelistic churches, four commonalities were found.

Praying – they prayed for the lost, sought God for wisdom in planning and covered every event with prayer
Equipping – they trained people to share their faith and equipped them for various events
Sowing – they made sure that their geographical area was saturated with the Gospel
Harvesting – they used well prepared harvest events in order to reach the lost

These principles are proven, biblical and transferable in any church of any size or location.

In the booklet and videos on this page, these principles are restated in the form of five commitments leading to specific actions. If an individual or church will apply these principles, by God’s power and grace people can be reached.

It is our prayer that we will…

Be Intentional about reaching the lost
Intercede for lost friends and family
Invest in building relations with the lost
Invite the lost to our Bible studies, worship services and evangelistic events
Impart the Word of God through sharing our faith personally

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“How do I use these videos?”

  • Pastors can challenge the church through a five- to six-week sermon series. The videos and booklet featured here are available for download. Printed booklets can also be ordered from Fine Print in Alexandria, LA by calling 318.442.0185.
  • Individuals can download the videos and booklet to use personally whether a church uses it corporately or not.
  • Small groups can use the booklet over five sessions to challenge viewers to make the necessary commitments to reach the lost.
  • Leaders in the church can gather and be led by a pastor or another leader to challenge them to reach the lost.
  • Pastors can use the booklet for themselves to renew their own commitment to personal evangelism.

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Traction: Living in Sync with God

Traction: Living in Sync with God offers an opportunity for people to make significant progress in their journey with the Lord! When a church decides to participate in the Traction: Living in Sync with God emphasis, members will be given the opportunity to remember, respond, return, and rejoice by realigning life with the Lord.

This Leader Preparation Guide will help you make significant traction in your church during the four-week emphasis. Traction will help church members:

Understand that God Offers Spiritual Traction:

  • When We Remember Him
  • When We Respond in Faithfulness
  • When We Return to Blessedness
  • When We Rejoice in Him

This amazing free resource is available to every church or pastor.

Request a copy by contacting CP@LouisianaBaptists.org and 318-448-3402 or 800-622-6549 (La only).

This resource package includes the Traction DVD, PowerPoint overview, resource guide, leader preparation guide, graded Sunday School lessons, drama sketches and much more!

Start Something New Resources

Healthy churches multiply.

Start Something New! Learn how to start NEW groups, enlist and train NEW leaders and start NEW ministries or groups in your community.

This brief 30-minute video is filled with great principles and simple ideas on how to start new groups, enlist and train new leaders and start new groups and/or ministries in your community.

Resources:

Here you will find age-group resources and promotional materials to help involve your Sunday School leaders in starting something new.

Age-Specific Resources:

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Be a Catalyst: Start New Groups is a step by step guide in understanding and effectively beginning new groups in your church or community. For a new group to begin, there must be a catalyst that discovers the need, targets a specific group of people and engages key people in the enlistment, development and execution of a new group. Are you a New Groups Catalyst? If so, this book is for you. Learn more at Amazon.com.

Financial Peace University

daveramseyWhy did Jesus say, “For where your heart is there your treasure will be also”? Because he knew that financial stewardship is a vital part of his lordship in our lives. When Jesus is Lord over our finances, we experience the joy of understanding his ownership of everything.

FPU is a 9-week study designed to help you understand:

  • Working & Saving
  • Eternity
  • Earning & Investing
  • Financial Crisis
  • Giving

To order FPU resources, call the FPU Church Team at 877.378.2667 and mention you are a Louisiana Baptist church. For more information contact 318-448-3402 or CP@LouisianaBaptists.org.

January Bible Study Previews


January Bible Study is an annual bible study from Lifeway Christian Resources. The previews are held in various locations throughout Louisiana to equip pastors and staff to lead this study in their churches and ministries. The previews are held in the fall and the studies are recommended to be led in the local churches in January.

This ministry is provided by gifts from Louisiana Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program (CP). May God bless you as you lead His people through this enriching study of Colossians.

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I Think I Want to Plant a Church. What Now?

Here’s the 5 big questions to answer before you get started planting your church!

“I’m thinking church planting is for me. Where do I get started?”

1. Are you called?

A Clear Calling is the most important ingredient for any new church. How has God led you to the point of desiring to plant a church? Explore your calling.

2. Do you have a network?

To plant a church you will need a network for prayer support and partnership. Possibilities are many. To begin networking through Louisiana Baptists, fill out our Initial Info Form. Other relationships that we find essential are sponsor church(es) and local associations. Who is your sponsor/partnering church? Have you connected with your local Director of Missions?

3. Have you been assessed?

Assessment helps you to clarify your calling to plant and also what context & partners that you may best fit with. Fill out the Initial Info Form and we’ll contact you to setup your assessment.

4. Have you been trained?

Your training to plant has no doubt been a life long journey. We also recommend that you take part in a specific training to plant a church in Louisiana. We provide 3-5 opportunities in Louisiana annually. We also recommend a number of conferences and other training nationally. Click here to view the next training opportunities near you. Or contact us for more information.

5. Plan, place, & people?

Your calling, networking, assessment, & training should culminate with a strategy to evangelize a particular people at a particular place. Check out our Engage Map to see potential projects around Louisiana. Contact us about places of greatest need & open doors.

Ready to get started?

Contact one of our Louisiana Baptists Strategists today to start your church planting journey.

How to Get Involved with a Church Plant

Would you like to be involved in getting a church or churches started in your area? Would you like to help your church with its multiplication strategy? Here’s a pathway for you to serve in Church Planting:

Barnabas Teams

Local churches, local associations and the state convention work in cooperation to plant churches throughout our state. Along with these partners, it takes qualified church planters, worship leaders, discipleship leaders and many committed volunteers to launch a new church. One pathway for lay leaders to participate in church planting is by serving on a Barnabas Team. Barnabas was a Jewish Levite who encouraged Paul and was a catalyst for church planting and church growth (Acts 11:25). It’s our desire to create a statewide network of encouragers & catalysts for church planting in Louisiana.

There are two types of Barnabas teams needed:

  • Associational Barnabas Team (ABT)
  • Local Church Barnabas Team (LCBT)

The purpose of this document is to provide background information and a job description for LCBT members.

Associational Church Planting Strategy (ACPS)

The ACPS developed and adopted by the association, sets a goal for the number of new church plants in the next ten years based on research of population and population projections. The ten-year goal will inform the association’s work in each one-three year window (see 10-3-1 church planting process).

What is a Local Church Barnabas Team (LCBT)?

An LCBT is a group of volunteers that work alongside a church planter in a specific area to evangelize people who will become a part of the core group of the new church plant or new campus. The intent of the LCBT is to give strength, depth, experience and workers to all new church plants.

The local sponsoring church will oversee the selection and orientation of members.

A trained evangelism volunteer will lead the LCBT.

The LCBT will consist of members from the sponsoring church, partner churches, the new church plant and other members of the association.

The state convention will provide training for new LCBTs.