Fall Evangelism Ideas
D. R. Rollings
Thanksgiving for Internationals
Work with area colleges to host international students at either a large Thanksgiving church celebration or through families who sign up to host students in their homes.
Invite your community to a multicultural Thanksgiving event, where attendees of various ethnicities share a specialty from their own countries.
November is Good Nutrition Month, so recruit a locally known cook or chef and host a “Healthy Meals on a Budget” cooking class.
Nov. 1st is National Family Literacy Day. Ask a few friends to come with you to volunteer to become reading tutors.
Work with a local farmer to gain access to a world-class corn maze. Encourage your junior high and high school youth groups to invite friends to a fun, scary and supervised night out.
Organize a pumpkin-carving contest, including a pumpkin cook-off, a carving demonstration and a pumpkin bake sale.
Family Square Dance
Host an old-fashioned family square dance in a barn or a church area decorated with hay bales. If possible, end with a bonfire and s’mores.
Transform a large space on your church’s grounds into a pumpkin patch where families can visit, take photos and leave with a free pumpkin. Work with local farmers to purchase pumpkins.
“We contacted a local elementary school in a very low-income area near our church, and the principal agreed to give us 10 names of families she knew were in need of assistance,” says Pastor Troy O’Quin of River Oaks Community Church in South Holland, Ill. “A week before Thanksgiving, we took a basket filled with Thanksgiving meal items and a Bible to each family. We also began a bus ministry and started picking up kids from that local project community and brought them to church.”
This article “Fall Evangelism Ideas” by D. R. Rollings was excerpted from: www.outreachmagazine.com website. September 2010. It may be used for study & research purposes only.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”