Reaching our local communities is an important goal of every healthy church. The best example we have seen here at JustStopandThink was done by Francis Chan and Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California. Almost 10 years ago, Francis Chan challenged the church to reach out to the almost 200,000 people living in Simi. He challenged them to hand deliver over 50,000 Stop and Think DVDs to every house in the community. The results were amazing and still being talked about in Simi Valley today.
The vision was to reach the entire city with the gospel. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Luke 10:2. The goal wasn’t to get people to church. It was to bring the church to them without intruding.
The church prayed together, divided the city in to grids, and then hit the streets. Within around 48 hours, every home had a DVD on the front porch.
There are a few things to consider when planning an event this large. It is important not to put anything in the mail box. There might be other local laws that should be investigated, but it will be worth the effort.
Here are a few ways that church plants and smaller churches have maximized this strategy:
- Add a printed advertisement to Easter, Christmas, or special event happening at the church. Mailing is the huge expense, not the printing
- Use the city grids to launch small groups so when the DVDs are being delivered, conversations and invitations can be made
- Add a DVD of your pastor promoting the next big event at your church
- Add an invitation to VBS for the kids before the summer
If you have other community outreach ideas please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to add them to this list.
Thank you and may the Lord of the harvest bless your community outreach plans.