Outreach – April 2015

The Outreach Team has begun to study the principles outlined in the books Organic Outreach For Churches and Organic Outreach For Ordinary People, both by Kevin G. Harney. Over the next several months we will be examining and dissecting the ideas presented in these books, hoping to utilize many of the concepts to transform lives in our very own community.
You might ask – what is organic outreach? Organic outreach is simply a way of sharing our faith in a way that is authentic and real, and feels natural to the people around us. It is loving people, serving in our community, building authentic friendships with those who are far from God, modeling Christ’s grace, and telling stories of Christ’s transforming power in our lives.
What kind of person does outreach best? Outreach is done best by extroverts, introverts, and everyone in between. It’s best done by people who are thoughtful in their thinking or have an intellectual bent. It is most effective when it’s done by someone who is bold and fearless, by someone timid and sensitive, and by everyone in between; by those who are mature in their faith and by those who are brand new believers. Look in the mirror! You’re exactly the kind of person who does outreach best!
What are you waiting for? Matthew 9:38: Then he said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” God made each of us for such a time as this! There is someone out there who needs someone just like you to be the hands and feet of Jesus! The Holy Spirit is willing and waiting to reach out and touch someone through you! Let’s say a prayer, take that leap of faith, and then watch what God will do!
Encouraging one another! There are many of you who are already practicing organic outreach in your daily lives and are reaching out in love to the people around you. We would love to hear your stories so that we might be able to use them to encourage and inspire others. I Thessalonians 3:11: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up just as in fact you are doing.
What we’ve been up to:
  • Hopefully everyone saw the new ad in the Rockford Squire for RRC. We are hoping to gain more exposure in the community – especially for those who are looking for a church home.
  • We gave a “just because card” with a free bag of popcorn to the people who came to the church garage sale. This is a business size card that is given with a small gift as a random act of kindness to brighten someone’s day. It includes a note that says, “Just For You, Just Because! We hope this small gift brightens your day!” It also includes our contact information, address, worship times and an invitation for the recipient to be our guest. It is estimated that we gave out about 200 at the garage sale along with some additional ones at the Easter egg hunt. We will be using these “just because cards” for various events throughout the year.
  • We have plans under way for an outreach opportunity during Rockford’s Start of Summer Celebration in June. More information will follow as plans develop.