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Saturday Night Outreach

Lately, we’ve been trying to zero in on some good ways to share the gospel with Harrison County, WV. Do we expect an unbeliever to show up at church on Sunday morning? Do we go door-to-door and invite them? Do we pass out flyers at the mall? Do we simply invite our friends? If they do show up on Sunday morning, is the ‘service’ appropriate for them?

Perhaps the title of this post gives away a little too much. We finally decided to have an ‘event’ every Saturday night throughout the summer. We currently plan to rotate between having a film and theology (film and spirituality or reel theology … you get the idea) and an improv comedy night.

Film and Theology night is planned to be set up like James Harleman does at Mars Hill. Watch the movie and afterwards have someone talk about the movie and its spiritual influences and consequences.

The improv comedy night is much more simple. Enjoy improv comedy (think – Who’s line is it anyway?) for an hour or so and then present the gospel in 5 or 10 minutes.

We are still in the ‘come and see’ stage, but we are identifying common ground to communicate the gospel and meet our community.

I plan to keep blogging about resources that I find in case any one else is interested in pursuing some of these same avenues.

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4 responses

  1. Hey MT, hope all is well.

    The church my wife and I attended in Dallas hosted “Film & Theology” nights and they went really well. The format was watch a movie and then there was a panel that would discuss themes and such, then the audience could add their comments. Movie selection is key, along with some solid questions to help everyone grasp the key themes presented in the movie. One possibly helpful recourse is a web site that does this kind of thing called Hollywood Jesus (www.hollywoodjesus.com). We (my wife and I) have hosted things like this in our house with college students too. It’s more intimate and the discussion is great.

    Thanks for the post…I look forward to hearing how things go.

    April 12, 2007 at 2:09 pm

  2. Thanks, Ted. Were there any genres that you avoided? Or particularly liked?

    I should be putting notes and an angenda together in the next week or so. I think our first try will be Rocky Balboa.

    April 12, 2007 at 2:26 pm

  3. I don’t know that we were specific in avoiding genres as much as trying to be intentional with selecting movies that were interesting/important to those we wanted to invite. We stayed away from over the top stuff and soft porn and really tried to select things that had a message to unpack (I know that’s kind of a duh).

    Look forward to hearing more…

    April 13, 2007 at 8:15 am

  4. Try a kareoke night people love that. It gets everyone involved.

    April 28, 2007 at 2:26 am

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