--The Limitations of Outreach
In your Easter bonnet
with all the frills upon it
“For All Its Intended Purpose,
Easter Outreach No Longer Works.”
By C. Michael Johnson and Tom Bowers
You’ll be the grandest in the Easter parade.
this the prevailing picture of Easter outreach in the US today? So
much effort paraded out that day, so little to show for it the next.
Could we be doing something wrong? Are we missing keys that could transform
our impact on this high day of the year when so many people turn their
eyes toward the church?
We think so..
We believe the difference is found in the difference
between outreach and withreach, a difference so profound it can change
everything we do, but so simple and illuminating it can even effect
today...the way you see your community, your mission... even the way
you approach your next staff meeting or the next conversation with a
Sound ambitious? Maybe. But let’s begin the conversation.
a few promises. If we do our jobs well, you will come
away from this article with...
The answer to... Why Easter
Outreach No Longer Works.
In fact, you’ll see
why most outreach no longer works.
5 reasons most outreach
efforts are doomed from the start.
A clear definition of withreach.
Three primary missing elements,
based in the heart of God, that can transform every outreach effort.
7 benchmarks of multiplication
growth, a more meaningful way to measure success.
Why Easter is the best
time not to do outreach (but a great time to do the unexpected... something
Your Most Important Easter
Checklist: 18 Factors That Will Really Impact Easter.
We’ll also show you how to begin to form the kind of long-term,
integrated cityreaching plan that can even impact next month.
But what’s your
experience with outreach?
Do you draw
a crowd one week, but have empty chairs the next?
Are you really reaching
the Unchurched, or mostly the recycled?
Do you attract some, but
find it difficult to compel the attention of many?
Do you have a good flow
of newcomers, but sense they view your church the way they’ve
viewed every other past church experience?
Have you seen limited
success with certain efforts, but feel it’s been “hit and
Do you ever wonder if
God ever meant to departmentalise in-reach, out-reach, up-reach, and
Do you want to draw new
people into a transforming relationship from the very first contact?
Do you long for a way
to see discipleship become passionately self-motivated?
Do you desire to reach
people in a way that strongly establishes an integration faith and life?
Do you want to shorten
the time span between first contact with people and seeing them activated
in their calling?
Do you desire to widen
the circle and influence of your church and affect significant impact
in your community?
What do you want to invest
the next 10-20 years of your life to...safe, incremental growth, or
something truly remarkable? After all, if you really think about it,
doesn’t counting sheep put you to sleep?
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Maybe Easter outreach no longer works because outreach no longer works.
a quick comparison of outreach and withreach values >
So what about Easter? The high day
of the year when the community turns to the Church is not a time to
Most Important Easter Checklist:
18 Factors That Really Impact Easter.
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