Archive for March 2011

#14. Set Goals For Reaching Out

Goals are a wonderful thing. They accomplish much, but above all else they keep us honest. With a good goal in hand and heart we can reach to amazing heights. Goals empower us to aim beyond ourselves onto what we sense God is calling us to be about. They keep us connected to God in…

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#12. Decide That Your Group Will Go Out To Serve On A Scheduled Basis.

Spontaneity is wonderful. Jesus was spontaneous in his approach to reaching people. There is plenty of evidence in Acts that God also values planned outreaches. Paul heard from the Holy Spirit that he was to reach out to certain cities to establish churches. Later he heard again to reconnect with many of the same places.…

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#11. Start Praying For Your Community.

As you pray you will begin to experience God’s heart for your others. God softens our hearts toward others as we pray God’s best for them. It is nearly impossible to have an authentic love in our hearts until we can sincerely bless others with our lips. If you find it difficult to ask for…

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#10. Don’t take yourself, or your results, too seriously.

What you are doing in ministry is 100% experimental no matter what you may say to the contrary. I’ve been doing outreach for decades and I am more philosophical now than ever. I can see clearly that it’s all practice. Sometimes our evangelism outings go phenomenally well. Those times seem to be anointed as if…

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#9. Determine This: “We will have big fun now!”

The goal in outreach is always to have fun. That may not seem like a worthy goal. That may sound unspiritual. It might even sound a little sinful. After all, aren’t we rooted a little deeper than the mere thought of enjoying ourselves through life? Aren’t we doing all of this so we can connect…

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#8. Don’t Wait For Special Guidance To Start.

Some of the most spectacularly gifted people in the Church world are those who have never had a strong or specific sense of calling into ministry. You might ask how such people have gone forward in ministry. These folks consistently report they responded to the calling they saw in the word of God. They became…

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#7. Don’t Wait For Money To Start.

“We will start just as soon as we have the financing to do so.” It may seem reasonable to place this caveat on your projects, but such thinking is not reasonable. Most of what is done in the Name of God is accomplished by unreasonable people. Simply begin doing outreach and the funding you need…

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#6. Don’t Wait For Encouragement From Your Church To Start.

It’s good to receive the right hand of fellowship as Paul referred to it. However, we can’t establish homemade barriers that need to be cleared before we are willing to start to obey God in reaching out to our community. Encouragement is great to receive, but it’s not necessary in order to go forward. We…

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