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It is very important for every church to have an evangelism plan as we can see in the
7 STEPS to Effective Evangelism. There are many seminars to choose from but the first thing you need to decide is which STEP of Evangelism are you initiating. We all like the harvest, but it takes time to get there.
When choosing a seminar to hold for your community you need to look into the needs of that community, your location, and your finances.
Some questions to ask your outreach team: What are the issues locally? Is your church close enough to meet those needs? Example: You may wish to do a soup kitchen but if you church is located in a suburban neighborhood it is not likely to receive many needy people. How much can your church afford to spend? How many people can commit to a program? (don't forget to read the bottom of the page for an understanding of our rating system) The best way to have effective evangelism is to create an Evangelism Plan... more >>>
There are three basic types of programs for the opening wedge.
1. Health, Poor & Needy, Right Arm of the Gospel... more >>>
2. Common Interests... more >>>
3. Indirect Methods... more >>>
Here are ways to develop your friendship further with new contacts.
There are two basic types of programs for the transitional phase. Here is where the rubber meets the road. Going from an initial contact to spiritual conversations and beyond.
1. Un-churched - bringing "God" into discussion, creation, and more >>>
2. Churched - Does truth really matter? and more >>>
There programs for the harvest are the typical prophecy seminars we are all accustom too... various prophecy and harvest style seminars here >>>
Baptism is NOT the end it is JUST the beginning!!! more >>>
Time: How long will the seminar run in total? How many days per week? Total length of seminar followed by how often. Some examples below:
5 days - Daily -- The program runs for 5 days consecutively.
2 months - Weekly or Daily -- The program runs for only two months and is on once a week. IE: Runs for 8 Wednesdays.
Indefinitely - Monthly -- The program runs every month for as long as you want, like CHIP alumni meetings.
Cost: How much will this program cost? Of course every program has a varying cost for it depends on what you decide for marketing, materials, and so on. So I've used more subjective rating for this section. There are also TWO ratings for each program. What the program costs the church and what the program costs the participant.
$ Low Cost - church: Any program that CAN be done (you can spend more if you choose) for under $250 total or less than $2 per person attending the program will be considered 'low cost'.
$$ Med Cost - church: Programs that are approximately $250 to $1000 or $3 to 10 per person attending the program.
$$$ High Cost - church:. Programs that cost over $1000.
Varies. Programs that have a great variance in cost such as soup kitchens or literature evangelism (because it depends on time frame, number of people, etc.)
Other terms: Initial - some programs may have a very high initial cost that is offset every time the program is run. Example: Building a Soup kitchen - must have a food certified kitchen which is very costly but only need to purchase the equipment once.
$0 No Cost - participant: Any program that is FREE to the participant.
$ Low Cost - participant: Programs cost the participant $5 to 20 per person.
$$ Med Cost - participant: Programs cost the participant $25 to 50 per person.
$$$ High Cost - participant: Programs that cost the participant over $50 each.
Of course the church can choose to cover any participant costs, especially for low income families or help supplement the costs.
Manpower: How many church members need to be involved?
Individual - One person can do the entire program if needed. This is not to say others can't helped or be involved but that it can be done by one person.
Small Group - Two to Five people are needed to do the program.
Large Group - Over five people are needed to effectively do the program.
Difficulty: What kind of training do you need? How complex is the program?
Easy - little or no training needed. Program is very easy to figure out how to do and to put on. Example: Literature evangelism or Prepackaged seminars.
Moderate - some training required but program is easy to put on once training is complete. Example: Cooking classes or Depression Recovery Programs.
Extensive - lots of training needed OR program is complex and involved to run. Needs constant monitoring. Example: Extreme Home Makeovers - need a well educated/experienced team leader who can organize people with little or no training, purchases, scheduling, etc.