I am a huge fan of outreach in the church. As I have seen written in many books, Sunday school is intended to be the best outreach tool to connecting people to the church. I also understand that in our culture today the home takes on a fort mentality so that even coming to the front porch is a rare circumstance.
I am interested in exploring what can be the best way to contextualize outreach. Does the traditional approach of knocking in doors connect not just with people that are being reached to but also with the reachers? Is there a better way to connect new prospects to the church through Sunday school that has the elements of focus and accountability?
No matter what may reveal itself the reality is that though there may be best practices used in different churches the key is contextualization. What works in our church in our area may or may not work where you are completely. This is why I am admittedly leery of programmed evangelism programs in that it could remove the possibility of contextualization.
Let me suggest some topics that may help in connecting outreach to the church:
- Intercultural Communication: any way that you can learn not just about other cultures but how they view Americans will help with your group connecting to new people that may be from different backgrounds.
- Core beliefs: any time that you have a stronger biblical foundation in believers I believe you will have people that have a stronger understanding of the purpose of the Great Commission
I would encourage you to know how your culture in your church will uniquely connect to the culture outside. The more this can occur in any matter will help your church perform outreach that will be successful and God honoring.
If you have any ideas for outreach in the church and how it connects to Sunday school then please voice them in the comments below.