God has appointed us to live in certain places at certain times (Acts 17:26).
It’s reasonable to extend this to the church that you are connected with being planted in the neighborhood.
Here are a few study questions for your community exegesis:
- Who are the unchurched in your community that your church could easily reach?
- Who are the unchurched, that your church could read with some effort?
- What would it take for your church to reach the “easily” and “some effort” group?
- What changes in philosophy, program, and structure would you need to make in your church to reach the “easily unchurched?”
- What might block your church from reaching the unchurched?
- Who has God brought to your attention that is unchurched?
- Would you feel comfortable inviting them to your church?
Source: Brian Clark, PC USA church planter in Northern Virginia.
Question from Markus Watson
I found this post by Markus Watson that has already written out several questions that one could consider as they self-evaluate their evangelism style and methods.
Four Questions to Focus my Evangelism Efforts
- Who are the key population groups living in my area?
- What population group is not being reached effectively?
- What population group do I best relate to? (keep in mind that just because you have a heart for someone doesn’t mean you can relate to them)
- What is my unique “Sweet Spot”? (the intersection of those first three questions)
- Three Evangelism Truths
- People are more open to the gospel when they are in trouble.
- People are more open to the gospel when they are in transition.
- People are more open to the gospel when they are under tension.
- Moving, marriage, having kids, loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, loss of a dream
- What transitions are people experiencing in your area?
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