Welcome to the Church Matters Outreach Page!
This page will contain ideas, tools, and suggestions for improving your local outreach efforts.Links are provided to already prepared documents that can be downloaded for free use in your church. Any suggestions for improvements, etc., please feel free to do so via the contact page. If you are with a 3-4 hour driving radius of McMinnville, OR I am available for on-site assistance. See Consulting Page for details on assistance.
Below are links to specific information that has been collected to assist churches in assembling an aggressive plan for their outreach efforts.
General Thoughts on Outreach click here
Changing the culture info click here
Going forward with your plan click here
Visitors Corner suggestions click here
In 2009, I co-authored a book entitled Already Gone. This book was based on research that we commissioned from America’s Research Group. Through this research we were attempting to answer the question of why two thirds of young people are leaving the church when they go to college. What’s happening? For more information on this topic visit the Creation Apologetics tab.
A few words from President Harrison on evangelism and outreach
“Don’t we think of conversion and evangelism today almost exclusively in terms of “personal witness”? Don’t we think of them happening individual to individual? And if this “coming to Jesus” is viewed as normally occurring quite outside the confines of “church,” does it surprise us that in the minds of many Lutherans “the church” is not essential to salvation? After all, the largest “Lutheran Church in America” is indeed the “ILC” or “Invisible Lutheran Church.” For census data show us that the number of people who describe themselves as “Lutheran” is far larger than the membership of the Lutheran church bodies combined. Baptism and preaching are, however, corporate acts. Walther states somewhere in a thesis that “conversion happens ordinarily [ordentlicherweise] through the preaching of called ministers, but extra-ordinarily through the witness of laymen.” Where in our church would anyone view conversion in such a communal way today?” SANCTIFICATION AND CHARITABLE WORKS IN LUTHERAN THEOLOGY by Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, Executive Director LCMS World Relief and Human Care (p.13)