Another form of outreach we like is “servant evangelism.” Practically this is simply serving our community, the homeless, individuals, etc., I wanted to share with you things that have worked as well as things that have not worked, so you can try them and perhaps pass your ideas and tips along to us.
1-Dorms outreach- Some Saturdays we go door to door, in the ASU dorms, asking individuals if we may clean their bathrooms and take out their trash. When asked why we would possibly want to do their dirty work, we have an open door to talk about Jesus. We may tell them about the character of Jesus, regarding when he came to this earth he served…” therefore we also want to share God’s love in a practical way, by serving you today.”
We found this works best in dorms, as most college students do not like to clean, or would enjoy a free cleaning! This also works in condos and apartments but we found it did not work with homes. People seemed a bit weary of letting us in there homes
2-Homeless Outreach- About a year ago we teamed up with a brother named Joshua Jolly, who truly has a heart for the homeless and sick. One place we have gone to minister to the homeless is called “The Zone,” in downtown Phoenix. This area has one of the highest populations of homeless in Arizona. We generally brought the homeless burritos and then handed out tracts, open aired, or had some one on one conversations.
Homeless don’t have very much and will tend to keep whatever you give them. Gospel tracts will be read and many of them enjoy books of John as it gives them something to read and pass time with during the day. If you have old clothing, blankets, etc., you may consider bringing that to give away as well.
3-Water Outreach- If there is a parade, fair, concert, etc., especially in a warmer month everyone is warm and thirsty. We usually arrived at an event about a half hour before it began start handed out bottles of water and gospel tracks in the front of the event. You may consider getting your churches logo or some type of gospel message printed on the water bottles.
Be sure that you call the event management to recieve permission to pass out the water. The Railroad park in Scottsdale is one place that will always let you pass out water during their events.
What are some Tips and Ideas you have?