Episode #35 – Outreach during COVID
The present pandemic has changed the rules of engagement for everyone – especially the church and outreach. The guys break down some of their thoughts on outreach in the time of Covid 19.
Q: What does outreach look like in the time of social distancing?
We have to acknowledge that there are new rules of personal engagement. Going digital is an easy way to connect with people who have questions and concerns. Encourage, support and coach your members to start an online prayer gathering or bible study for their friends or family.
Taking regular walks in the neighborhood and interacting with people at a safe distance – focusing on how you might pray for or encourage them specifically.
Offering a drive-up prayer table at your local church.
Reaching out to neighbors through door hangers which offer practical and prayer support as well as inviting them to listen to services online.
Practical ministry through safe giveaways: supplies, clothes, food.
Offering your church facilities as a place of refuge, service.
- Sports practice: soccer fields, baseball, softball, basketball etc.
- Your parking lot: kids learning to ride their bikes, social distance circle up meetings
Developing a greater social media footprint of engagement: Jimbo has been doing Coffee meetings every morning at 7am on Facebook. (He has now shifted to 1x a week on Monday morning)
One thing to keep in mind is that people are not looking for “polished” and “professional”, they are looking for things that are authentic.
Think outside the box, use what you have and pray for God to lead your church to connect with people.
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