WEEK 7 – September 27, 2016
PART 2: The Fruits of Hospitality
CHAPTER 7: Outreach
Best Practices: Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm is viral – if your church members show is, others will catch it.
Church members should be prepared to explain to strangers about what makes their congregation special.
Be creative about finding ways to reach out to your community – and talk about those ministries.
Best Practices: Outreach
It is often easier to invite people to your home than to your church, making home-based outreach an excellent way to practice hospitality.
As a church, be sure you are expending as many resources toward outreach as you are toward preserving your building, your traditions, or your administration.
Plan your outreach based on the actual needs of your neighborhood and community, not just on what other congregations are doing.
Don’t feel you have to reinvent the wheel. One way that churches can practice outreach is by hosting meetings of established organizations such as AA that provide the ministry but need institutional support and a safe place to hold meetings.
Why is home-based hospitality an excellent place to do out-reach?
What are some ways that your church might elevate religious mission above institutional maintenance and practice out-ward-focused hospitality?
How is your church using its building to serve a world in need? What more could it do in the area of outreach?
What would it mean to show hospitality in the following areas:
In what ways does the practice of hospitality to outsiders lead to a stronger connection to Jesus and God?