Planning and Conducting an Outreach
You and some friends of yours have this great idea. You think it would be cool if the whole school had the opportunity to receive Christ. Wow! As you start to work through your idea, you begin to wonder, "Is it really possible to reach all the students on the campus? This seems like such a huge task. Maybe I was dreaming?" Youre right, this is major. But, be encouraged. With God and a little creativity, an entire campus can have the opportunity to hear the life-changing truth of Christ.
Youre thinking, "Where do I start?" Good question. One of the best ways to begin reaching the entire campus is by doing a creative evangelistic outreach. These are fun and can be small (for a specific group of students, e.g. an athletic team or club) or very large. Creative evangelistic outreaches are simple. You just need to design the outreach around the interests and needs of the particular group of students you want to reach.
Some Outreach Ideas
Here are some great ideas for creative outreaches. Look them over and see which ones would best meet the needs of the group you will first reach out to.
Note: Keep things simple and uncomplicated. Just having Christian students invite friends to their home to hear the gospel can be quite effective. Be open to the Holy Spirits leading!
As you do these fun activities, remember that your purpose is to share the truth of Christ with the students. It is simple for any talk to show the students their need for a personal relationship with Christ.
Youll love doing these creative outreaches because they help you meet new people. Also, excitement builds when students reach out to new students. One of the greatest things the outreaches do is build up and motivate students already involved in your Christian group. It gives them the opportunity to help plan and lead activities.
What to Do
You want to get this going as soon as possible! Lets think through what youll need to do:
1. Identify a target group and their needs.
Youve got the target group picked out. What are their specific felt needs? For example, girls and guys are always wondering about love, sex and dating. Or, cheerleaders may feel the need to maintain unity on their squad. Athletes need to know how to keep a winning attitude. List their needs on a piece of paper and pray this will help you know which outreach idea to use.
2. Pray for the outreach.
3. Plan the outreach.
Ask questions like, "What is going to happen at this outreach? What will get people there? How will the gospel be presented? How will the students be invited (fliers, invitations, word-of-mouth)? Do we need food? What kind?" After brainstorming for a while, make a list and answer these questions.
1. What do I need to do?
Find a good date that doesnt conflict with school events. Find a good place, like a large home or classroom. Will you need to get pizza and drinks there? Will you need to prepare a talk, or bring in an "expert" to come and speak for you? Example team talks are on the Web sites.
Think through how you will follow up the students who came. How will you get a record of who was there?
Comment Cards (see samples) let you know who came. You can use these after the talk. Ask students to tell you what they thought about the event, and even if they made a decision for Christ. Make sure to get their names and phone numbers. Youll want to call them back. Use the cards determine how you will you do follow-up: one-on-one or in groups? Who can help you do follow-up?"
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4. Arrange the outreach.
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5. Do the outreach!
Here is an idea of a good flow for your meeting.
6. Follow-up the students.
Youve got peoples names and numbers and you know who has made decisions for Christ. Contact these people within 24-to-48 hours. Get others to help you and begin meeting with these new students one on one, or in small groups to help them begin growing in their new relationship with Christ. This may be a good time to begin a new small group Bible study.
7. Evaluate the outreach.
You did it! It went great, but there are some things you want to think over before you do your next creative outreach. Within 24-to-48 hours, get everyone together who helped plan and talk about the event.
Pray and thank God for all He did, then start thinking of the next group you can reach out to with the gospel.