Summer is for Outreach (Part 1 of 2)

Kindness can be a powerful tool, especially when it comes to reaching the unchurched.

It’s called Servant Evangelism (SE), and it can easily become part of a healthy evangelism system inside of your church.

Let’s start with the formal definition: Servant evangelism is doing intentional acts of kindness with the express purpose of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

The fact is when God’s people get involved in doing acts of kindness, there is great power for the gospel to be shared.

For two decades now I’ve been involved in leading people to engage in Servant Evangelism. And one of my first projects at The Journey in NYC was in the Summer of 2002 — turns out Summer is a great time to start!

We went all out in showing God’s love to our city. By the end of that Summer we had miraculously made over 60,000 servant evangelism touches! We had had in-depth conversations with hundreds of people about Jesus Christ.

The results? Our weekly worship service attendance grew from 140 to over 280, a 100% increase. To this day, we continue to use Servant Evangelism in all of our Journey campuses and we continue to grow by mobilizing people through these fun and non-threatening methods.

Join me next week when I will share some great examples of Servant Evangelism.

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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