One of the questions I’m asked most often by the folks I’m coaching is “Where and how do I connect with unchurched people?” This question is in response to my trying to get pastors to spend more time with unchurched people, especially pastors in churches under 500 in worship. So I want to address that question in this article.
In order to connect with unchurched you must have four things; a heart for those far from God; a knowledge of the community in which you serve; a personal story to tell; and a willingness to set aside regular time to connect and establish relationships with the unchurched.
So here are some of my thoughts about how to connect with the unchurched.
- Mine the unchurched relationships you new members have with the unchurched. New members are more likely to have relationships with unchurched people than anyone else in their church. So instead of getting them so involve them in the church that three years later they no longer have any relationships with unchurched people. Instead of getting them so involved with the church they don’t have any free time encourage them to invite their networks to Christ and your church.
- Plan weekly practical deeds in the community on a weekly basis. It doesn’t matter what these events are as long as they do four things: bless the people you’re helping; bless the city; bless those who are doing the practical deed; and cause visibility for your church. This is one of most important ministry a church can undertake. The more you bless your city and others the more God will bless your ministry. And it is also one of the few ministries I’ve seen that usually becomes intergenerational.
- Set aside regular time every week to figure out how to reach unchurched people in your area. If you look for them, you will look for them.
- Actually follow through and spend time with the unchurched people you discover in your search.
You can find a long list of possibilities on our site (www.churchconsultations.com) by going to the free resource section and clicking on FAQS and then going to Unchurched, Ways to Connect.
Have fun rubbing shoulders with people who need Jesus.