Free Outreach Ideas and Resources Survey

Outside The Box Ministry Issue#1I just sent out Issue #1 of Outside The Box Ministry.  I plan to send out emails 1-2 times a month with the best free outreach ideas and resources that you can choose from.  It is sometimes hard to find really good free resources, so I will mix it up with some low cost options as well.  You can sign-up to the right.  You will receive the next issue that is sent out.

I would like to hear from you.  Can you help me out by clicking here and taking my SEVEN QUESTION Survey to help me better shape the Outside The Box Ministry blog.

Christmas Outreach Ideas

Christmas Outreach IdeasIn a recent article from Outreach Magazine, they quote a recent study from Lifeway Research that “61 percent of evangelical Christians haven’t shared their faith in the last six months, even though they agree it is their responsibility.”  Do you need ideas to help in your evangelism and outreach efforts?  Here are some Christmas outreach ideas for your church, ministry and/or community. Please leave a comment with your Christmas outreach ideas as well.

1. Do a drama, musical or short stories acted out that create conversations and shares the message of Christ and His birth.

2. Do a living nativity outside and invite the community to come and see it.

3. Create a Christmas village and sell items that have been made by people from developing areas in the United States or overseas. The money can go back to these communities. Have opportunities for visitors to be invited to your church or future ministry events.

4. Put on a film festival showing Christmas movies and share a film clip on the birth of Christ. Click here to view and download one.

5. Offer a free meal on Christmas Eve before your church service.

6. Share Christmas gifts with others in your community.

7. Have a lunch or dinner for your neighbors and share the Biblical account of Christ’s birth from Luke.  Here are some tips for doing the dinner here.


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Global Short Film Network- Short Films for ministry

Global Short Film Network The Global Short Film Network is a ministry strategy that was developed by The JESUS Film Project to train people around the world how to create and use short films to engage in spiritual conversations. On the website you can access films to watch/download, training materials and question guides for each film. Many of the films have been produced by the staff, students and partners around the world. Also, there are a handful of films that were produced by filmmakers who have given permission for the films to be used for ministry.

Click on the link to watch and download films at

Developing An Idea for a Ministry Tool and Strategy

The “Idea” is the first step in developing a ministry tool and strategy.  You probably have a lot of ideas for new tools and strategies, but are they good ideas.  I have found the key to a good idea is identifying a need that the idea can help.

When it comes to ministry most individuals, churches or ministries are looking for a ministry tool or strategy to help solve a need.  If you create a tool and strategy that really isn’t needed then it won’t get used.

Once I was part of a team that created  a CD-Rom that was complex, but very postmodern.  The project took a very long time to complete, but it got done.  We created a website and had broad distribution.  In the end only a handful people used it, because it didn’t really meet a need and it was hard to use.  So, first identify the need.   A good way to identify a need is to listen and ask others.

Once you have the need identified, bring people together to pray and brainstorm ideas.  There are a ton of resources on brainstorming. I personally like using the Walt Disney Imagineering process for brainstorming.   This is where you put ideas on sticky notes or note cards.  Then group the ideas together that are similar.  Then you “plus up” the ideas.  This is expanding the original idea presented by writing more details on another sticky note or note card and placing it under the idea.  Once you complete that process you are able to determine which is the best idea.

The next step once you have an idea is to prototype it.  That will be covered next.

Ministry Product and Strategy Development

The last few years I have been involved with helping to develop a ministry tool and strategy that is being used around the world.  Over the next few weeks I thought I would share some ideas that I have learned in the process.

I will cover developing the idea, creating the ministry tool, testing it and promoting the ministry tool or strategy.  Are there any other areas or questions you may have that you would like covered?

Easter Outreach Ideas

Here are some Easter outreach ideas that can be used in your church and community.  Please share some of yours as well.

Updated 4/2014:

1. The JESUS Film– Get the new fully restored and re-mastered “The JESUS Film” on Blu-ray and DVD.  “The JESUS Film” is the most viewed and translated film and a great ministry tool for Easter.  Click here to find out more information or to purchase the “The JESUS Film” Blu-ray or DVD.

2. Film Festival– show films that depict the story of Jesus- His life, death and resurrection.  You can find a listing of films about Jesus from the Bible Film Blog.

3. Art Exhibit– have local artists or artists in your church draw or paint pieces about Jesus’ life death and resurrection.  Have an exhibit where the community can come and view the artwork and interact with the artist to hear their “story”.

4. Music concert– select musical selections and Bible readings that touch on the life, death and ressurection of Jesus.

5. Backyard Easter Bash– Using the colorful eggs found in Resurrection Eggs host an egg hunt for the children in your community or church.

6. Easter Experience– A new DVD-driven group study that uses narrative drama and challenging teaching.  To find out more check out the Easter Experience website.

The “Overflow Show” Podcast

Here is a great resource to check out.  It is called the “Overflow Show“.  The Overflow show is a free 5 minute audio podcast for christians which teach us how to natuarally “overflow” into our non-Christian friends’ lives with the gospel.  Each show is different and brings new and helpful ideas. Topics include: how to transition to talking about Jesus; intellectual answers to objections about our faith; and many more.  From answering questions, to removing doubts, the Overflow Show seeks to give you confidence and connect you better with non-believers.  You can visit the “Overflow Show” website to listen to the show and find out more information.

Ministry Using Mobile Technology

Are you looking for new ways to reach people with your message or looking for more distribution sources to deliver your content?  There is huge potential for evangelism and discipleship using mobile technology.  You can find an extensive guide on the Internet Evangelism Day website.  Here is a list of ideas for using mobile phones for your outreach from the site.

1.  Downloadable Bibles and books
2.  Video clips and mini-presentations
3.  Text messaging
4.  Wallpaper (screen backgrounds)
5.  Games, ringtones, wallpapers
6.  Web Access
7.  In developing nations

Using Squidoo for Testing Ideas

I have written about Squidoo before. For some time now I have been using my “lens” as a way to test the interest level that visitors would have in a certain topic ( Sermon, Church and Ministry Videos).  In my testing I have found the Squidoo pages rank very well in natural searches on Google.  For example, if you do a search on “church videos” my “lens” comes up, as of the writting of this post, in the top ten of the natural search.  It also has done well under the searcn term “ministry videos”.  I recently added the term “sermon videos” to see how that will do.

As a result, I found that there was interest in the topic so I created a new blog which I have linked to it from the Squidoo lens.  This has been a good source of new visitors to the Church Video Reviews blog.  So, if you are thinking of creating a new website, blog, business or product consider using a website like Squidoo to do testing.

Outreach’s Resource of the Year Awards

In the latest edition of Outreach magazine they reveal the 2006 Resource of the Year Awards. This year’s “Best” award goes to Bill Hybel’s book “Just Walk Across the Room”. You can check out other category winners on Outreach’s website.