My favorite way of sharing the Gospel with someone is one on one. We can sit down and talk through issues that may be keeping them from trusting Christ and clarifying important truth. But I've also seen outreach events be effective in bringing people to know Christ. And what's the best is when you can mash the two together, use the outreach event to create opportunity to talk deeper. Here are twelve ideas to help you do just that, create an atmosphere non-believers would feel comfortable in and be able to simply transition to the Gospel and their thoughts about Jesus.
12 Simple and Effective Women's Ministry Outreach Events
1. Make a Gift Night
There are so many cute gift ideas on Pinterest (I have an entire board full I'd like to get to some day) but time is limited. Many women feel just like me, wanting to make gifts for people but without the time and accountability to actually do it. So, host a gift making night where you can serve a yummy desert half way through the night and either you or someone you ask shares their testimony (Here's a tool to help you put it together). Then after tummies are filled, get back to work and strike up conversation with those who don't know Christ by asking what their experience has been like.
2. Natural Beauty Night
Not too long ago I went to a friends house for a make your own natural essential oils care items. As I was making my hand scrubs I got to have some great conversations with ladies I had never met before.
As in the make a gift night above, host a make your own natural beauty and/or cleaning making night and half way through stop to eat something delicious and share your testimony (or invite someone else to) Here's a tool to help you put it together. Then after tummies are filled, get back to work and strike up conversation with those who don't know Christ by asking what their experience has been like.
3. Cake & Connecting Night
I would love to know how those beautifully decorated cakes are made. And I'm sure I'm not the only one. Why not have someone who knows how to decorate cakes come over to give a tutorial or experiment together using the book below. While the cake is baking use the Solarium cards to connect deeper with each other. The Reveal Cards are a deck of picture cards that you use to answer questions like "Which card would you choose to describe God?" and "Which cards best describes your spiritual journey so far?"
4. Game Night
I'm just always a sucker for game nights. Have a few different group games to choose from and play the night away. Throughout the night try to use some of these transition questions to find out where people are at spiritually.
5. Reach an Unreached People Group Night
Did you know you can share the Gospel with an unreached people group sitting right at your computer and it doesn't take that much time, money and you don't even have to speak their language. The Lord is using this method to get the Gospel into many peoples hearts and you can easily be part of it. You don't have to do this as a group but often it's easier to do things in groups that otherwise wouldn't get done. Here's the step by step instructions from Joshua Project and here's a free printable.
6. S'mores & Banana Boats Night
This would be best as a summer time event (unless of course you live in a gloriously sunny all the time place). Get or borrow a fire pit and make s'mores or delicious banana boats (marshmallows and chocolate put inside a banana and wrapped in tin foil, thrown in the fire for 20 minutes and eat with a graham cracker) while you share God moments or times you've seen God show off.
7. Fondue Sharing Night
Have everyone bring something to dip in either cheese or chocolate fondue (great recipes can be found on pinterest). Between cheese and chocolate fondue you can have everyone pick a couple cards from a Table Topics box to share with the group. Then over chocolate fondue you can pursue someone it seems like the Lord is pursuing based on the answers from the cards.
8. Who is Jesus Night.
This mini-magazine is great for someone or a small group who wants to know more about who Jesus was.
9. Classy Short Film Night.
Global Short Film Network has a bunch of great short films that are produced for the purpose of starting conversations. They also provide training videos and questions.
10. Fashion show.
How fun to have a fashion show that displayed what the Lord was doing with ministries all over the world.
11. Dinner and discussion.
This is something we did every week for a few years. We invited students over for dinner and after dinner sent a 3x5 cards and pens around the room for everyone to write a question on. We'd collect the cards, mix them up and discuss them one by one. There were two rules. You had to use the Bible as the authority instead of opinion and you had to be respectful.
12. Brag On God Night
You can listen to stories of how God has changed peoples lives from IamSecond.com and then take time for people who want to share great things the Lord has done in their life.
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Laura, the founder of Missional Women is married and has five kids, two of whom are adopted. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 12 years serving with Master Plan Ministries. Laura is the Women's Development Coordinator and has discipled over 150 girls, led over 30 Bible studies and speaks to college and women's groups. Laura has authored 5 books, including an award winning 12 week Bible Study on First Samuel, Beholding Him, Becoming Missional, Reach; How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God, and A Devotional Journey through Judges, a devotional to accompany the free online Bible study at TheBookofJudges.com. You can find her on facebook,twitter, pinterest, youtube, instagram and her author site.
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