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What are Outreach Groups?
Outreach Groups are teams of disciple-makers who commit to walk together in regular patterns of outreach and evangelism to draw the lost to Christ.
- Outreach Groups are made up of five to ten believers
- Outreach Groups do relational evangelism and sharing in small teams
- Outreach Groups meet regularly to encourage one another, make plans for ministry, and pray for the lost
Why be a part of an Outreach Group?
The call to spread the good news of the Kingdom and to make disciples of all peoples is very clear throughout God’s word.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
God is clear about this because he desires that all the ethne (people groups) of the world would know him and come into his Kingdom, and he wants us to be on mission with him.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
2 Corinthians 5:19-20
19 And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 20 We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, 28 for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.
The Lord designed us for community and he sends us on his mission the same way – in teams.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8 When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
FAQs about Outreach Groups
Q. Who can be in an outreach group?
Q. What if I don’t know how to share the gospel or share my faith?
A. Everyone who joins an Outreach Group will be equipped in easy and natural ways to share the good news.
Q. Why can’t I just do ministry by myself?
A. Outreach Groups exist to for believers encourage and help one another in ministry, according to Jesus’ example.
Q. Who will we reach out to?
A. Some outreach groups focus on particular people groups or geographical areas but all outreach groups are committed to reaching the lost.
Q. Do I need to choose between my small group and my outreach group?
A. No. Small groups and outreach groups are designed to work together to help you become more fully devoted followers of Christ.
If you are interested in joining an Outreach Group or just have questions, please contact Nancy Markham at [email protected].
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