8 Projects to Try Out This Fall

Leaf raking girl

I’m often asked about the best projects for success. Whether it’s a warm and sunny area like Southern California or Seattle where it apparently rains nearly half the time! There is always a great project in your midst. Here is a handful to try this fall. They are simple with few moving parts, so hopefully, newcomers to outreach will feel comfortable.

1. $1 Carwash

We’ve mentioned free car washes, where we do a great job with a person’s car, then we give them a dollar for the privilege to show them God’s love in a practical way.

2. Rake leaves

You might be surprised at how fast a crew of 5 or so can rake the entire lawn of a medium sized house. It’s good to knock on the door before you rake. Some actually like to rake their own leaves. Bag the leaves and set them where they belong.

3. Mow after raking

Underleaves is often grass and that tends to be rather long.

4. Pick up debris

Branches, trash under shrubs, etc. Bag it. Put it by the curb.

5. Clean out rain gutters

This is more complicated. With this, unless the house is rather small, realistically you won’t have enough time to pull it off.

6. Wash dogs door to door

Dogs aren’t necessarily dirtier in the autumn, but with some dogs, depending on their coat of hair, are only washed now and then. A good door to door wash might help them get past a winter wash. By the way, this is a great project to include kids with.

7. Coffee

Set up in front of a box store like BJ’s, Sam’s Club or Hobby Lobby are especially gracious about letting you set up in front of their stores. Simply talk to the manager earlier in the week.

8. Cookies

Homemade cookies are the best, but Oreos are pretty popular as well.

free coffee


When you connect with strangers who naturally ask why you are doing this. Assume they want your gift or service – “Have you _____ yet?”
The phrase that pays: “We’re doing this just to show God’s love in a practical way. We think this is the sort of thing Jesus would do!”


Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.


  1. Servant Evangelism change my life. Growing up in the church scene I always felt like a failure. The pressure to have people to accept Christ on the spot were unrealistic expectations placed on the congregations. These outreaches are the heart of Servant Evangelism. Low Risk and high Impact. So simple to participate in and watch God show up. I love the dollar car wash! The people’s reactions are so across the emotional spectrum. Seems like the more on the edges they are the more God shows up to meet them. Also who doesn’t have a dirty car or yard work to do in the fall. Great opportunities to be a servant like Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. It’s all great things to do. By the way I use your 94 ways to do servant emergency in my training classes. Steve a big hit. Thanks for all your sharing. 👍👍

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