How can I get my members at church to go canvassing?
The empty signup sheets asking members to participate in canvassing hang on clipboards at the back of the church. The thought of knocking on another person’s door is horrifying… even for pastors. Past experiences of going door-to-door prompt people to say, “It doesn’t work!” It is frustrating and disheartening when most unchurched people at the door don’t respond well when confronted with the questions, “Do you have a church home?” or “If you died tonight, will you go to heaven?” To avoid talking to people, many churches will use “door-hangers.”
There is nothing wrong with these approaches, but I believe there is something even more powerful a congregation can do that will increase the participation in going door-to-door.
What are the greatest benefits a church receives from canvassing?
Whenever congregations reach out and connect face-to-face with members of their community, the Lord uses that activity to shine His light and reveal His presence through those who believe and remain in Him. Canvassing a local neighborhood accomplishes that.
There is joy when a lost soul receives faith as a result of canvassing. A family who leaves nearby may accept an invitation to come to a church event or a worship service and hear the gospel. That is a great benefit the Lord provides through the power of His Word.
I would like to suggest that there is even a greater benefit that many churches often overlook.
Praise and Proclaim Ministries launches campaign in Tyler, Texas
Praise and Proclaim Ministries gave thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to come to east Texas and launch another outreach campaign. Rev. Daniel Schmidt extended an invitation for us to come and help start a brand new mission in Tyler, TX. It was a joy and privilege for our ministry to train and equip members on how to proclaim the gospel and introduce Jesus Christ through the power of his Word.
Praise and Proclaim Ministries launches campaign in Temple, Texas
On a hot and humid Saturday in Temple, Texas, a group of members from Trinity Lutheran Church and a few guests from nearby Austin gathered together to walk the streets and proclaim the gospel. After a full evening of training, they were ready to go. And the Lord blessed their efforts. Not only were a number of gospel seeds planted, but they were blessed with the experience of verbally proclaiming the message of salvation to lost souls in their community.
Is canvassing an effective way to do outreach?
Most Christians express a strong hesitancy over the prospect of canvassing in their community. They ask, “Does it really work? How will people going to respond? How will it impact my church?” The underlying factor behind all of these questions is that Christians are fearful – even horrified — about sharing their faith with strangers.
This post begins a five-part series that addresses commonly-asked questions and misconceptions about canvassing as an effective tool for outreach.
How to transition from being children of the Light to proclaimers of the Truth
In this dark world, believers are called upon to be lights on a hill – salt of the earth. They are meant to stand out – taste different – and sometimes accept the consequences. Rejection. Retribution. When a person steps out in faith, they can’t help but stand out in faith. And people living in darkness do not like to be exposed by a believer’s light and a proclamation of the Truth.
How can you transition from being children of Light to proclaimers of the Truth?
Praise and Proclaim Ministries launches outreach campaign in Redmond, WA
Building Outreach Momentum at Your Church
Is there no greater joy than being a member of a congregation that is actively sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in their community? Like-minded, passionate, and committed – it becomes a privilege to be associated with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who have a heart-felt desire to fulfill the Great Commission.
The truth is that many Christians who have a zeal to reach the lost often feel isolated and alone in their own congregation. And this even includes pastors.
At Praise and Proclaim Ministries, it is our prayer and privilege to help provide Christians with an opportunity to be what they have always desired to be – proclaimers of the gospel! And when that happens – the Holy Spirit captures an infectious zeal that spreads throughout the congregation.
We call this building outreach momentum.