Tag Archives: Outreach

Outreach Effectiveness

Outreach Effectiveness

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by .

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I’ve seen several studies on why people ended up attending the church they are at and the clear #1 on the list is always personal invitation. This beats out every form of advertising and special events combined every time the survey is done. The surveys always find that 75%-95% of the people coming to your […]

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Block Parties: Ideas and Tips

Block Parties: Ideas and Tips

Posted on 29. Jun, 2010 by .

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If you’re going to throw a block party, you want to get the most out of the time and effort that you put in to the event. Here’s some things we’ve learned from doing them over the past five years. Set the big items up first: We have bounce-houses for the kids at our block […]

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How Not to Be a Missional Church (Part 3)

How Not to Be a Missional Church (Part 3)

Posted on 12. Feb, 2010 by .

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The missional church movement has been good and bad. On a positive note, let’s focus on the bad. I want to suggest three ways to not be a missional church. In continuation of the series, this post examines some of the defects of social action-driven mission. Social Action-Driven Mission This approach probably creates the best […]

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Five Characteristics of a Missional Community

Five Characteristics of a Missional Community

Posted on 11. Feb, 2010 by .

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Here are five characteristics or “rules of order” for a missional community taken from Frost’s Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture. Bless. We will bless at least one other member of our community every day. Eat. We will east with other members of our community at least three times a week. Listen. We will […]

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How Not to Be a Missional Church (Part 2)

How Not to Be a Missional Church (Part 2)

Posted on 11. Feb, 2010 by .

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The missional church movement has been good and bad. On a positive note, let’s focus on the bad. I want to suggest three ways to not be a missional church. In continuation of the series, this post examines some of the defects of evangelism-driven mission. Evangelism-Driven Mission These churches focus almost exclusively on evangelism. Their […]

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Fishers of “Men”

Fishers of “Men”

Posted on 26. Oct, 2009 by .

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I thought I might share a few facts I discovered while reading The American Church in Crisis by David T. Olsen. This is a must read book for anyone in the church. If Olsen is right, and the church continues on its path without a fresh vision, and drive for planting strong, healthy new churches […]

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Critical Mass, Part 2

Critical Mass, Part 2

Posted on 19. Oct, 2009 by .

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A church plant is a lot like a boulder on a barren mountainside. You’ve seen this same rock in many adventure movies. Perhaps you’ve seen two nondescript cowboys desperately prying it loose, and then watching it fall. It quickly picks up speed, knocking other smaller rocks loose. Rocks smash against other rocks, breaking them from […]

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Critical Mass (a must read for all church planters)

Critical Mass (a must read for all church planters)

Posted on 15. Oct, 2009 by .

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While two hundred may not be a magical number, I believe it is absolutely imperative to find and keep the momentum necessary to carry the church plant through to the next level. Scientists understand that the formula for momentum is mass plus velocity. The mass of any given entity, when set in motion, has a […]

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Open Office

Open Office

Posted on 06. Oct, 2009 by .

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Like most church planters, I don’t have a typical office. Right now my favorite place to work from at least one or two days a week is Buffalo Wild Wings. They have free wifi, a friendly staff, and they serve Coca-Cola. Economically it has always made more sense to work from there or Panera than paying rent […]

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Banners Examples

Banners Examples

Posted on 21. Sep, 2009 by .

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  I drove around town looking at some other banners and saw these examples. If you order a banner with grommets, the banner company will tell you to mount the banner using a frame that’s bigger than the banner and use bungee cords to suspend it in the middle of the frame. The problem is that […]

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