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December 18, 2018

How to Maximize Community Events and Engagement

By New Churches Team

How can our church foster a larger community identity within our neighborhood?

All churches ask this question. In order to see your church size and its impact grow, you must seek to deepen your connection with the community around you. Figuring out how to do that can sometimes be difficult, especially if you are a new church that has not fully integrated into a new location yet.

Establish a Relationship First

The key to growth in your community is to remember that you need to invite people into your life before you invite them into your church. Earn your right to ask people to come. People are open to community before they’re open to conversion.

There are many ways to meet new people in your community. Going to the park to play sports is easy and enables you to both meet people and begin building a relationship with them. The idea is to go where people already are, invite them to join you, and use the shared experience to invite them to church or to other community events you have planned. Inevitably, if you play sports with someone and invest in the time and experience with them, you will earn your right to invite them to church.

Community Events

Sometimes, organizing a big community event can be a great way to invite people to your church. Rent bounce houses, dunk tanks, cotton candy machines, and other things you may see at a carnival, and have a fun day raising money for a local charity.

Before hosting these events, think a step ahead. Doing one community event is great and can have an impact but having a long-term plan of outreach is even better. Do not just focus on getting people to your event. Think of the next steps so that when people come it is not just about having fun but about building a relationship that allows you to ask them to church.

Everything must have a next step that is easy, obvious, and strategic. Have someone from your church body tell a story of what it means for them to be a part of your church’s community. It does not have to be a big ordeal, but setting aside five minutes to explain your mission and extend an invite to newcomers can go a long way.

A lot of church happens between Sundays, and there are many more ways to foster your church’s community. These suggestions may help you begin thinking in a creative, community focused way, so that your church can reach the lost around you and begin to thrive.

Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 102: Maximizing Community Events and Engagement. Click here to subscribe and listen to more to church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.

 

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