According to a new survey by the Center for the Study of
Global Christianity, one in five non-Christians in the U.S. and
Canada don't know any Christians personally. It's clear that we
need to equip our kids to reach out into their communities and show
Jesus' love to others. With school back in full swing, now's a
great time to focus on outreach. Here are five simple, effective
ideas that'll help you and your kids reach out where they
off Strong Hold a no-strings-attached
back-to-school night. Ask families and senior citizens in your
church to donate baked goods for people to enjoy and volunteer
their time the evening of the event. Have volunteers meet early at
the school to set up refreshments and for a time of prayer. Pray
for the school, staff, students, and families. Make sure your
volunteers clean up afterwards! (Check out the link for even more
ideas your kids will love!)
Back-To-School Backpacks One easy outreach
standby has been collecting school supplies for kids. Here's an
easy way to give this classic outreach event an extra boost. Click
the link to check out a supply list with fun reminders to go with
each item to show kids God's love.
Don't Forget Homeschool "The back-to-school
crowd is populated with a growing number of homeschooled kids who
are very often some of the most involved members of your children's
ministry." Check out this article by Michelle VanLoon for a look
inside the church/homeschool connection.
Invite Teachers Jake Senft, a friend in ministry
from Ohio, shared this idea for a schoolteacher appreciation day.
Check the link for all the details of Jake's ministry's event.
5. College-Bound Another
friend in ministry, Lisa Shelor from Virginia, shared with us how
her kids loved making care packages for college students who're
going back to school. The added benefit? Many of those college
students ended up volunteering at their children's ministry when
they returned home!
So how do you help your kids discover a love
for outreach? Share with us using the comment section below!