I was talking a guy yesterday who confirmed something I've believed for a while. His church is involved with a number of partnerships with outside organisations which enable it to meet a variety of needs in its local community.
So it runs a parenting course, a project to reduce youth offending, an after school club - each with a different partner providing funding or material or a worker.
As a result the church is growing and yet it does no programmed evangelism.
Why? Because the people who are coming to the projcts are being drawn into something that is 'blessing' them and they want to find out why. So all sorts of conversations happen and people who come to the building for one thing end up coming for others - including on Sundays to find out what makes these Christian tick.
That's got to be worth thinking about.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Showing people Jesus
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