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. (Luke 10:1-2 NIV)
From its inception Sunday School has been about reaching people for Christ through any means possible. Is your Sunday School class looking inward only or seeing the need to look outward (beyond the church walls)? Here are some ideas to look beyond the church walls:
1. Have a prayer walk or prayer drive through your community. What does your community look like? Do you see playgrounds and children’s bicycles? Do you see adults working in a garden? If children, make plans for a Saturday Backyard Bible club or an event at church and go door to door with flyers about the event. If adults and gardens, set up a garden club at church. At the event, let them know about Bible study options. Perhaps have a devotional on creation and ecology at the event.
2. Look for opportunities in the community. Is there a store, fire department, hospital or police station that would like a Bible study? It doesn’t hurt to ask. Many persons work on Sunday. Provide a Bible study at their location. Talk to people who work on Sunday and find out what would work best for them.
Discover prospects for Bible study through special events. Thanks to my good friend Jerry Stanfield, Pastor of Childrey Baptist, I have learned some new ways to find prospects! Here are a few:
Photos with Santa. Set up a place in the community and have someone as Santa Claus. Advertise free pictures with Santa on a Saturday. Have baked cookies to give to families as they come to get a picture. You will need addresses and contact information to send the pictures. This is a great way to get new prospects and send information about other events at church.
Go to a local grocery store and give out free light bulbs with information about your church and Bible study. You will be amazed at people’s responses! They will be surprised that you are giving free light bulbs.
Try some new approaches. Here is an idea that I have shared before but worth repeating:
Ask a local grocery store if they can provide a time and space to read books to children. Have a grandmother or grandfather figure read to the children. Most parents would love an opportunity to get groceries while the children are cared for. The grocery store would love the publicity, and you can advertise other events at your church.
We need to be about reaching people for Christ. Where is the harvest for your church?