I am VERY frustrated about the topic of outreach.
Each week at Faith Church we have two sermon discussions groups. One 10 days before the sermon, with the goal of preparing, and one immediately after the sermon, with the goal of answering questions and making application.
The first one is called sermon roundtable, and I have my seminary professor to thank because it started from a class assignment. I am deeply grateful for the people who come to sermon roundtable because I always leave with 3-4 pages of notes. When Monday morning rolls around, the last thing I want to do emotionally is to start studying for another sermon. Especially when the page on my laptop is blank. So the roundtable notes are a great motivator, and because they come from a variety of voices, they always enriches my preparation.
Well…almost always. Last week I came out of sermon roundtable very frustrated. We were discussing the last sermon in our four part series on the mission of the church, and the topic is outreach. It goes by many names including, evangelism, witnessing, and sharing our faith. It sounds straightforward enough, but people have a lot of different ideas about how a church should do outreach. Don’t get me wrong, people had a lot of great thoughts at roundtable, and I took a bunch of notes. But there was definitely confusion and disagreement. Times have changed. What was acceptable 50 years ago might be offensive now.
So let’s hear from you. Are you frustrated about outreach? How do you think a church should reach out to its community? Does the Bible have anything to say about this?