These field-tested ideas came to On Mission from a variety of
sources, including individuals and churches in Canada, Georgia, North Carolina,
New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Virginia.
Buy books and movies with
strong Christian themes or biblical truths and pass along to friends. Follow up
with dinner or talk over coffee to discuss the spiritual applications. Consider
starting a book or movie club in your neighborhood.
First adopt a younger Christian friend to mentor in becoming on mission.
Then commit to find ways together to share your faith with others, and hold
each other accountable to carry out your intentions.
Know a sports fan?
Take one to a major sporting event and tell him or her the testimony of a
famous Christian athlete. Then tell your friend you have at least one thing in
common with the athlete--your faith.
Exchange e-mail addresses with people you meet and share the gospel on-line.
Point e-mail correspondents to www.thegoodnews.org or other evangelistic
First make a commitment to
share your faith with a non-Christian friend. Then keep a prayer list of
non-Christians you will pray for daily, and then take the opportunity to share
the gospel with them when you sense the time is right.
Start a "brownie brigade."
This can be done in groups or individually. Simply bake up some goodies and
take them to neighbors, shut-ins, retirement home residents, the office or any
place close by where people might need a lift. Tell the recipients you were
motivated by the love of Christ.
Prepare neighborhood care
packs of 9-volt batteries for use in smoke detectors. Attach a note with your
name and phone number that says you'll be glad to talk about a "charge" that
can last forever. The same concept can work with light bulbs and a note about a
"light" that never burns out.
Assemble and deliver gift packs with snacks for school or hotel staff,
security workers, police or fire fighters. Include a gospel tract and contact
information for you and your church.
Sunday school classes or
singles group members looking for a project could ask the owner of a local gas
station or convenience store if they can pump gas and wash windshields. When
people ask why you're helping them, say you're trying to express the love of
Jesus in a tangible way.
office park or building and minister to the people there. Host a lunch,
business seminar or other event to show you care. Consider offering an
after-work exercise class or other activity in which employees might show an
interest. Be up front about your motivation.
Drop in coins for a
customer's wash at a laundromat, or pay for someone's car wash, subway fare or
parking meter. Make sure they know that your motivation is the love of
Volunteer for a literacy program. Literacy missions give you the opportunity
to build relationships and show how much you care. Using the Bible as reading
material makes sharing the gospel a natural.
Sponsor a refugee
family and assist them in settling into your community. Invite them to your
church and share time with them, showing them the love and concern of Christ.
You can get information about this ministry at www.namb.net/refugee.
Give away sports drinks or water at a biking trail or other outdoor
recreation area. Tell those you serve you'd be happy to tell them how to never
be thirsty again.
Do you live near a
lake, a river or the coast? Give away free bait at a boat ramp or local fishing
spot. Tell fishermen you'd like to talk about the greatest fisherman you
Print up time-change
reminders in the spring and fall, and distribute the fliers at hotels,
apartments or your neighborhood. Include a message about being set for all time
(eternity) and a telephone number where they can call you to discuss
Place small bags with
candy or microwave popcorn on neighbors' doors along with a note inviting them
to your church, Vacation Bible School or other event.
Sponsor a women's day
or men's day at a local community center. Have Christian speakers on financial
matters, health concerns and other topics. Include a brief presentation of the
gospel under a heading like "Why Morals Matter."
Provide a free
breakfast before Sunday school at your church. Invite your friends and
neighbors to join you for the food, fellowship and a gospel presentation.
Host a car
maintenance clinic. Checking the oil, tire pressure, hoses and belts can give
you time to start up a conversation about the temporal nature of cars that rust
and wear out versus the eternal nature of the human soul. Have youth clean
windshields--another opportunity to talk about clear vision.
Place door hangers with
a gospel message, your phone number and a bag of candy in your office, or ask
permission to distribute them at an apartment complex or hotel. Write: "Taste
the sweetness of Jesus and give me a call to talk about it."
Partner with your
Sunday school class or church to provide free pizza and drinks on moving day at
a condo or apartment complex. Tell movers they are welcome at your church and
ask them if there is anything you can pray about for them. Tell them Jesus has
lifted your burdens.
Take the lemonade stand
into the 21st century. Set up a free cappuccino stand at a store, mall or even
in your neighborhood on Saturday morning. Tell recipients why you've taken the
time to provide them with refreshment.
Adopt a college student
who may be unable to go home during a semester break. Invite the student into
your home for meals and to your church. Offer to engage in a study of spiritual
values with him or her.
Are new neighbors
moving in? Mow their lawn or rake their leaves. Help them get settled and begin
to feel at home. Value this relationship. They are not projects or prospects.
Get to know them. Dialogues are always better than monologues in bringing
friends to Christ.
Make it a practice to
be a good neighbor. Help watch the kids, run errands and offer help when it's
needed. Living out a life of integrity, openness and caring will give you
opportunities to tell people why those character traits are important to you.
Always be ready to give credit for the Source of your lifestyle.
Get involved with your
kids in school, sports or other activities. Volunteer to serve as a team
chaplain, water boy or whatever else a coach may need. Not only do you get to
spend more time around your children, you'll have opportunities to build
relationships with their friends.
Begin a Bible study in
your home or office. Invite those you know who have shown an interest in
spiritual matters or have been questioning life issues.
Prayer walk your
neighborhood, office or campus. Pray specifically for non-Christians you know.
Visit www.GPS2020.net for resources to help you target an area and reach
Pay attention to
birthdays in the neighborhood or at the office. A card and some cookies or
other thoughtful item show you care. Include a scripture verse or gospel
Do you have an innovative way to create opportunities to share Christ? Is
your church reaching your community by using methods that you would like to
share with other readers of On Mission? If so, please send us your ideas:
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