The church has used the outreach event for decades because of many reasons.
1. We (the church) try to meet the needs of the community.
2. The church wants to build good rapport with community members.
3. It's a great way for people to get to know your building and your people.
4.Because we've always done it.
Are large outreach events truly successful?
I've hosted community outreach events with thousands in attendance and have been left wondering in the end what I will do to top this next time. That's a defeating way to operate in ministry. The large the event attendance, the more impressive our VBS, or the amount of candy we give away at our Trunk or Treats do little to impact the lives of many over the long haul.
In a large church world, small churches often feel defeated before even launching an outreach because there's no way for them to compete on the same scale as the larger church down the road.
Is this truly needed? Are there other churches in our community who are doing the same outreach? Could I be more effective if we were to offer something different? (Is offering a Christian concert and calling it an outreach going to
appeal to the non-Christians)
What are the goals of your event? Define these clearly. Get rid of sacred cows in your church. Who is this about? Those you need to reach or those who are already a part of the flock?
Be willing to make decisions about outreach events based on what you feel like you SHOULD do, not on what you or your church has always done. You may receive flack for this. Stand strong and become a bold, courageous Joshua-type leader.
Is the amount of money you're budgeting truly worth the expense? Will a larger, more elaborate event help you achieve your goals? (I'm a believer in doing ministry with excellence so I'm not implying that we shouldn't offer ministry less
Outreach events, when done well and with the right focus can be effective means to reaching the lost. What sorts of
things have worked for you? Are there better ways to reach out than the large, over the top outreach event?
I'd love to have you join this discussion. What are your thoughts?