Churches are finding that Christianity Explored works well as part of an overall outreach strategy. One pastor commented, “The most difficult part of the course is getting people in the door.”
So how do we get people to come?
One church in the Washington, DC area is using Christianity Explored to reach people in the business community. The Christianity Explored course is the second piece in a three-part series. The first is a short series built around a business theme to which people can invite their friends and colleagues.
For people who express an interest in learning more about what Christianity or what Jesus is all about, there is Christianity Explored as a second step.
Then for those who are ready to explore what following Jesus is all about, the third step is follow-up course. Discipleship Explored can be used for this follow-up, or you may consider a resource like Stephen Smallman’s The Walk: Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus (P & R Publishing, 2009).
Another church in the Philadelphia area is using Christianity Explored as the third part of a three-part strategy in reaching people in the city. The first step is a gathering that provides an informal opportunity for people to discuss questions that they have about the faith. The second step is a forum that uses the arts to address questions of faith and life. Then the third step is a Christianity Explored course.
Do you have a strategy for meeting people in your community and for engaging them in discussions of faith that can lead to an opportunity to explore the gospel using Christianity Explored? Let me know below, I’d love to hear more.