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.

Your partner in ministry,


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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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