How to Help Other Churches Reach People for Christ

How can your church help other churches be more effective in reaching people? Here’s a testimony from that may help you get started in the new year: New Song started helping other churches almost by accident. Three years after we launched the church, I had to lay off our entire staff. We were transitioning from the “portable church” stage into a 24/7 lease situation, and it was obvious that we weren’t going to have enough to pay our staff and our lease. So we wrote pink slips which said, “We may not be able to pay your full salary for the next few months, but we’ve...
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Survey: US churches determined to do more in 2013

Where would Americans be if churches didn’t make outreach a priority? Many would feel the pain of unmet needs for basics such as food and clothing, not to mention a slow-down in disaster recovery efforts. For many hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, it was churches that provided the first signs of relief. In fact, a new survey –Outlook for Outreach – shows that of the 58% of churches in America that provide hands-on assistance for causes throughout our country, 75% of them engage in national disaster relief efforts. To better quantify how churches engage in outreach ministries to provide...
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Mars Hill grows by 3,530 people in the past year

Press release: Mars Hill Church has been ranked the nation’s third-fastest growing church by Outreach magazine. In the magazine’s most recent issue releasing its annual rankings of the largest and fastest growing churches in the U.S., Mars Hill Church was also recognized as the 28th-largest church in the country. In the last 12 months, the magazine reported, Mars Hill’s weekend attendance has gone up by 3,530 to over 13,100, which represents a 37% growth over the previous year when the church ranked 43rd in both categories. The Outreach 100 report is the result of a survey conducted...
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Willow Creek Expanding

Willow Creek Community Church is planning yet another addition — albeit its first in nearly a decade — to bring its Hoffman Estates-based Care Center onto its main campus in South Barrington. The Care Center provides emergency food and clothing assistance as well as health and legal advice, employment services and English as a Second Language classes. The new Care Center will grow the building’s current 295,000-square-foot footprint by 12.5 percent, and will be constructed in a consistent style of brickwork. The Care Center has been attracting not only more clients during the economic downturn,...
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Saddleback Cancels

In a rare move, the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County is canceling all of its worship services during the second weekend in December in order to help facilitate a huge neighborhood volunteer opportunity.  Rick Warren is Saddleback attenders to take at least a half day on Saturday or Sunday (Dec. 10, 11) to go “serve in the community and love your neighbor as yourself.” In its 31-year history, the megachurch has canceled weekend services less than a handful of times, according to Warren. Church officials are hoping to mobilize Saddleback’s base of 5,000 Bible study groups,...
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29 Externally Focused Ideas

If your church is at all interested in getting outside your building and looking for new ideas to reach people far from God, then take a look at these 29 top Externally Focused ideas from 2011.  After looking at a ton of different ideas, the Externally Focused Network narrowed it down to the best 29 ideas that exemplify what it means to be an externally focused church. You can check it out here… … then let me know what you think. What’s the BEST idea? Is there any that you think you’ll try in YOUR...
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Outreach so big it needs a secret location

Imagine having an outreach so big that 12,000 people show up and children are knocked over or trampled. That’s what evidently happened last year when Next Level Church did their Easter Egg Drop.  That has prompted this years drop to be held at a ‘secret location’.  See this news article for more: NEWINGTON — A “secret location” is among several changes to the Next Level Church’s Easter Egg Drop, now in its second year. Last year’s event drew an estimated 12,000 people to the Rochester Fairgrounds where a helicopter dropped 60,000 plastic eggs...
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8 Reasons People Aren’t Coming Back

My friend Greg Atkinson recently wrote an article highlighting 8 reasons people aren’t coming back to your church.  Here are the reasons.  Go read his thoughts, then come back and let’s discuss… The Front Door Before a guest ever steps foot on your church’s physical campus, he or she has probably already checked out your church website. What every church should have clearly visible on their homepage is a section or button for first-time guests. What Stinks? It’s important that no church ever underestimates the sense of smell. While sight is the strongest sense for...
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Have you heard of Servolution?  If not… check this out from my friend Dino Rizzo and the folks at Healing Place Church: Welcome from Healing Place Church on Vimeo. A Servolution is not an event; it is a culture. Infusing this culture into the DNA of your church will change the view of the world and your perspective of the needs of those around you. This movement is rumbling throughout the body of Christ – a revolutionary army of people ready to take up this mandate. We are actively pursuing the lost, the forgotten, and the poor to show them a God who is passionately in...
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Tim Keller & Gabe Lyons on Post-Christian America

Gabe Lyons and Tim Keller had a very interesting webcast last week. The topic: Living in a “post-Christian” world. Here are some quotes captured by The Christian Post: Tim Keller: “My understanding of how you reach a culture is Christians have to be extremely like the people around them, and yet at the same time extremely unlike them… If Christians are not unlike they won’t challenge the culture, but if they’re not like, they won’t persuade the culture. Now, hitting that middle ground is hard.” “Before the coming of Christ believers were...
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