75 Ideas For Reaching Out Into The Community

Last Saturday I had the privilege of doing a workshop on “Five Ideas For Reaching Out Into The Community” for Growing Young Disciples. The big point was to keep the good news of Jesus Christ central to you so you share it and are encouraged by it. The side point was to realise that any idea might be good or bad. Does it enable you to intentionally sharing your life and so the gospel with people? Great! But keep the gospel central. The presentation slides are here if you want to see them (they’re converted into plain webpages).

Anyway, recognising that there were masses of people at this event and so struggling to make it interactive I thought the best thing would be to crowd-source as many ideas as possible to reach out into the community. After all, if the point isn’t so much the idea as trusting in God’s goodness for us and doing what seems like it would work, my five ideas aren’t going to be any better than anyone else. So here are a list of 75 ideas that have been tried or at least thought about being tried by the various people at this workshop, as copied out from various scraps of paper by me (therefore all errors or parts of incomprehensibility are entirely my fault).

75 Ideas:

  • Just gossip the gospel
  • Set up a café event weekly for a particular area of unreached community (e.g. internationals) to get to know them and talk about the gospel / invite church events
  • Baking party
  • Neighbours coffee morning
  • Skills help us cooking / computers skills
  • Hand out marshmallow eggs at easter and putting a scripture verse on it with your church name
  • A series of language classes called “find out more about… life in the UK, the christian faith, etc…”
  • Have workshop events with workshops for different skills and run by people who can be Christian role-models
  • Sending someone an encouraging prayer / bible verse text or facebook message
  • BBQ outside church
  • Serving coffee and tea outside
  • Bible book group at Costas
  • Carol singing and leafleting
  • International night
  • Barbecue outside church
  • Bible reading challenge
  • Films and food night
  • Starting a game of frisbee / crocker in the park with your youth group and invite others hanging out in the park to join in. Try and chat with people afterwards about when the group meets to look at the bible
  • Free food stand. Have tables to sit at with tracts and people share the gospel
  • Teaching young people woodwork – Jesus carpenter of Nazareth
  • Start a community choir in the church hall
  • Mums and toddlers gospel centred groups
  • Dads and kids saturday am groups
  • Men’s (and women’s!) curry nights / craft / cheese and wine events
  • Surveying with one big questions & invite people
  • Do a talk put on at a venue church / hall that answers this big question from the Bible, perhaps over dinner
  • Invite people to a ‘participation event’ e.g. darts match, pool game, 10 pin bowling, with a mix of christians and non*christians
  • Go for coffee
  • Blog
  • Grill a christians
  • Write on facebook
  • Art sessions, model animals to go in the ark, self portrait
  • Local area holiday clubs, lead into regular bible clubs
  • Run parenting courses to help local parents work with their unruly children. Hopefully they’ll see the practical help the gospel has for parenting
  • Chat openly with people at work about what you do on a weekend. Non-Christians spark conversations and ask questions
  • Survey of just six simple questions ask to people relaxing on park benches
  • Victorian Christmas family event (or other theme)
  • Fostering
  • Visit old people’s homes, offer to prayer. Meet with them in groups and individually.
  • Cooking lessons, e.g. how to make a dish from scratch like a curry using individual spices not just curry powder
  • Holiday club
  • Parenting courses
  • Host an exchange student e.g. through rotary exchange scheme. This one has some real world application, someone there had an international student who could do with hosting in South-West London. If that’s you, you can contact me and I’ll put you in touch.
  • 30 minute tea-break
  • Conversational english with foreigners to grow in skill and meet God’s people
  • Scrap heap challenge two teams make push carts side by side kids and parents then went to race round church or local area
  • Inviting neighbours in for mulled wine and mince pies at christmas
  • Speaking at an old people’s home
  • Going out on the street and telling people about Jesus
  • Dialogue dinner for special occasions e.g. Christmas easter explaining the gospel for people to invite their non-christian friends
  • English language support club
  • CRAVE * open house come for dinner big friends and enjoy (same time same place each week) BIble study after if you want to stay.
  • Regular events to have fun and make group more known. Eg subsided paint balling
  • Go to problem family (find them from local authorities or church) ask about them start to visit. Sometimes offering practical help where necessary needs a few helpers so no to onerous.
  • Being direct
  • Street preaching
  • Go through commandments and getting them to admit they aren’t good then showing them Christ
  • living out my faith and showing them the crazy love of jesus
  • love people
  • go to parks – parachute, puppets, clowns and songs. Tell bible stories, dramas, songs and memory verses, simple crafts
  • Reading the bible with people after dinner at our house. We read 1 chapter every night and if guests come then we do the same with them.
  • Mums and toddlers
  • Ceilidh using a local band
  • Join a sports club / team
  • Perhaps sports with less teams members or individual ones, e.g. Squash which means you are more likely to be able to get to know people
  • Adopt a student, for communities that are near by university, families can adopt a student and feed them dinner once or twice a week! Also good for single parent families to be looked after by larger families too.
  • Playing street games like football.
  • Food! Make pizza with them and talk about Jesus as you eat it
  • Go into an old people’s homes – sing hymns know with them.
  • Cake, eat it with people and give it away and talk about Jesus doing it.
  • Assemblies
  • Paintballing – use groupon (you get discount) good chats about death come up
  • Christmas pudding night – make them together then talk