Evangelism Events, rethinking it all

I was over at Life in Student Ministry’s post on outreach events this morning and tossed in my thoughts on the whole subject.  Tim was lamenting over the amount of time and resources that are put into big outreach events to only see one or two new youth walk through the doors.  Most of the youth in his group won’t invite new people to this big event and he was wondering why.

Here are my thoughts:

Less of an “event” and more of a way of life. We try and get involved in the regular life of the youth and meet them at their places.

Whether it be going to a sporting event that they are in, swinging by their schools, visiting them at work – we all have to eat, right?, or just swinging by their house. I have found that when I make these efforts to meet with the youth on their turf they are more apt to introduce me to their friends and that begins a connection then with them. I may say one small bit about joining us at our student ministry and then continue the talk about them.

While some are under the school of thought that they must make the most of every opportunity – and I agree with that – they take it to the extreme by trying to get kids whom they have just met to repeat the sinners prayer with them. I see that, oftentimes, as pushing more youth away. When we engage with them at their level and on their turf they are more open to hearing what we may have to say on our turf.

Many of the youth that are regulars really appreciate this partnership in reaching their friends and I believe it serves as a great approach to those in our ministry for modeling a natural lifestyle of evangelism.

Big events geared towards outreach, most times, just suck the life out of you and your leaders. When we serve the youth in our region with our time and attention we yield a much greater return for the Kingdom.

What are your thoughts?  Drop a comment and share your experiences…

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Brian on August 9, 2007 at 7:49 am

    I read the same post and commented as well on Tim’s website and I agree with you, outreach must be a way of life, not just a “big” event.


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