Friday, September 24, 2004

Autumn Christian Evangelism and Outreach Ideas

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Concept:
Use an autumn theme to reach non-Christians and unchurched Christians.

A Great Tool For:
Businesses, Churches, Christian Organizations, Schools & Individuals

Autumn-Inspired Evangelism Ideas:

Fall is a great time of year for evangelism! Teens and adults are experiencing exciting changes and are more receptive to trying something new. At Christian Imprints, we've gathered together some clever ways you can use this season to share the love of Christ with others:

- Welcome your new neighbors!

Did you know that most moves occur in the late summer or fall? It's a great time to invite your new neighbors to church! If you're a church or business, consider buying a "new mover" list and sending mailers/postcards (or use doorhangers) and custom imprinted products (such as a magnet, pen or 2005 calendar) to new movers in your area.

- Sports seasons are in high-gear!

Football season has started. Basketball is coming soon. Hockey will soon begin. Sporting events are great opportunities to make new friends and invite them to church (and spark a conversation about Christ). Consider giving away church logo-imprinted sponge footballs at high school football games; can koolies at basketball games; cool Christian-themed T-shirts (something subtle like "got Spirit?") at soccer games.

- Students head back to school!

If you're a high school or college student, consider inviting your friends to church or to a Bible study. Design your own groovy Christian-themed gear (backpacks, T-shirts, thermoses, notebooks) and sell them as a fundraiser for your youth group. Pass out Christian-themed chocolates to your fellow classmates.

- Gardeners plant fall plants and bulbs.

Get your church members excited about evangelizing! Pass out bulbs or seed packets at church to accompany a sermon on "sowing seeds" of faith in nonbelievers.

To take this a step further, have church members take several packets of seeds. Instruct them to pass out the seeds to nonbelievers they know over the next week with a flyer/tract explaining that the Holy Spirit plants a seed in each of our hearts, letting us know that God exists and wants a relationship with us through His Son Jesus. Insert a closing statement of "The Holy Spirit has planted the seeds of faith in your heart. For them to grow, you need the "living water" -- Jesus Christ. How? Come learn more about this "living water" and how you can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by visiting __________[church name]." (You can even schedule a special evangelism sermon on "living water" and print the date of the sermon on the seed packet flyer/tract.)

This concept works well for businesses and individuals as well. Simply pass out seed packets to your customers, friends, family and neighbors with a tract you create yourself (or let us help you!)...and watch your own relationship with Christ grow!

- TV's Fall Season Begins.

Have a favorite TV show? Invite some Christian and non-Christian friends over for a TV watching party (e.g. Monday night football, a sitcom like "Everybody Loves Raymond"). Incorporate a quick prayer in your evening. Pass out a party favor, like a football schedule magnet for your favorite team along with a Bible verse, such as John 3:16 (explain why there's often someone in the bleachers with a "John 3:16" sign) .

- Fall leaves start turning.

If you live in a cooler climate in the U.S., you will soon see gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow highlighting your trees (I'm in Florida, so you'll have to admire them for me!). Use the "turning over a new leaf" theme to share the love of Christ. How? Print up T-shirts that say "This fall, turn over a new leaf...through Jesus". Or, print "Turn over a new leaf" on the front of your shirt and "Follow Jesus" on the back of the shirt printed over an image of a leaf.

- Fall festivals begin.

Hay rides. Apple cider. Corn mazes. Pumpkin carving. Craft shows. Have a blast this fall by hosting a fall festival. Churches and Christian-owned businesses can attract new visitors by hosting a family-oriented event. Send out postcards/mailers to advertise your event. Call on church members and friends to invite non-Members. Put a large banner in front of your building. Advertise on the radio. Let everyone know about the fun! Don't forget to have "goody bags" for all visitors, including a brochure about your church/business with the plan of salvation, a magnet with your logo, phone number and location and a fun item, such as an imprinted ball, flashlight, pen or mini-memo board (less than $1 each).

Here are some custom imprinted products you may want to use in your Autumn outreach and evangelism activities. Print it with YOUR custom imprint or use one of our stock designs:


Do you have other ideas on how to make Autumn a powerful season for Christian outreach and evangelism? E-mail us at info@square1marketing.com. We'd love to hear your ideas!

You can purchase all of the custom merchandise suggested above through our catalog at http://www.christianimprints.com/categorylist.html. Simply click on the "all products" catalog to access our full list of product categories.

Don't forget: We have over 60,000 products in our online catalog. Simply use the search box on our home page to find what you need or call us at (800) 817-5054 for assistance.

May God bless your outreach and evangelism efforts!

Love in Christ,
Jen

Editor, Christian Outreach & Evangelism Ideas
Christian Imprints, a division of Square 1 Marketing, LLC
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