Our society has changed. ‘Old’ methods for evangelism aren’t working well. Many church leaders recognise that evangelism has fallen into the ‘too hard basket’ – yet they still have evangelical convictions.  What is the path forward?

The below AT Consulting (All Together Consulting) videos can help you build an ‘Outreaching Culture’ in a unique way!

Are you sick of being given program solutions for things you know are paradigm problems?

What we’re proposing is a new way of thinking. It’s about approaches for personal witness that suit our multi-religious society. It’s about values for leadership that, when consistently applied as habits, produce real and sustained change — with results!

The ‘Outreaching Culture’ strategy is not a quick fix, but it is easy to apply (no extra programmes necessary) — and it works.

(Though the real reason to apply the principles you’re about to see explained below is more the fact that the mission of the Church is what it is).

Below are four videos – with discussion guides, because once you’ve looked yourself, the next step is to get your church leadership team on board!

#1 Introductory workshop for church leadership teams

This 8-minute video for pastors and their leadership teams covers some important foundational perspectives.  It is an optional session – that pastors can use if they think it is needed.

It is purposed to ensure a leadership team is in unity in their understanding of what the mission of the Church is. It then identifies some key ‘hurdles’ that would need overcoming if an authentically outreaching culture were ever to be established in a church in which members are not yet effectively mobilised as everyday conversational witnesses.

A notes sheet, with discussion questions can be downloaded underneath it.

Note: If there is a negative feeling toward ‘evangelism’, and a feeling that many are unable to engage with it, we encourage that your leadership team watch video #4 below before looking at the explanations of the strategy for church leaders (video 2) and small group leaders (video 3)

#2 Outreaching Culture Strategy – for church leaders

This 10-minute video for pastors and their leadership teams explains a simple and practical leadership strategy with which church leaders could build an authentically outreaching culture. It introduces 6 principles, applied through 4 leadership habits, and comes with various support resources – which are all free via the resources page/links of our website.

A notes sheet, with discussion questions can be downloaded underneath it.

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Expected results: The primary measurable results mentioned are (1) an increase in the number of members who have engaged in everyday spiritual conversations, (2) an increase in the number of visitors to the church, (3) an increase in the ‘friendliness’ of members toward new visitors and (4) a resulting increase in the number people choosing to follow Christ.

Appointing a second-in-charge: Who in your leadership team might be suitable to be a 2IC to you in this? How will you, as a leadership team, keep yourselves accountable to be consistent in these habits from year to year – until they are your permanent habit? Changing culture takes time – but will deliver results that no end of programs will achieve. 

To read more: Download a free chapter about this strategy from Dave Mann’s book The Elephant in the Room HERE. or purchase the whole book at Big Book Publishing.

#3 Outreaching Culture Strategy – for small group leaders

This 17-minute video for small group leaders in local churches explains the habits through which small group leaders could also work to equip and mobilise church members as everyday conversational witnesses. Through these habits they have the power to AMPLIFY the pastors efforts through the ‘outreaching culture’ strategy explained above. The stated goal is to ‘reinsert’ the mission of the church small group into these groups – in recognition that many groups are already serving other good purposes. 

A notes sheet, with discussion questions can be downloaded underneath it.

#4 Outreaching Culture Strategy – the conversational approach

This 14-minute video provides some teaching about personal outreach that could be of great help to churches and Christians who feel negative toward ‘evangelism’, or unable to engage others in those kinds of spiritual conversations. 

This will be highly relevant content for most churches in Western environments.

A notes sheet, with discussion questions can be downloaded underneath it.

When we all think differently we will all act differently.

The results could be greater than we ever expected!

What’s next?

Sign up for monthly pastors updates at the bottom of this page. These – and the resources they promote – are all free.

Partnership

If you understand the strategy, and are convinced this is what your church and its members need, then subscribe for the monthly ‘Words of enCOURAGEment’. Each includes a motivational thought and links to free online resources that will help you apply the All Together Strategy.

The Consultants

Where extra help is needed, we intend to provide a growing list of ‘consultants’ who are experienced in church and outreach leadership, and who can represent these values well. You could talk with them on the phone – or they could travel to present to your church leadership team (and to speak on a Sunday at the same time if this is during a weekend).  We only request that you give a generous koha to sustain them in what they do.

Beyond this:

  1. Go to the Getting Started page to see some starting suggestions.
  2. Click here to purchase a copy of ‘The Elephant in the Room’ by Dave Mann to understand the thinking better.
  3.  And, be in touch! Contact Dave Mann or Tony Collis freely.

What people are saying…

A Salvation Army Officer told how they had made good use of the teaching resources. Their active encouragement, and request for testimonies produced results. It helped a lot of people work out how to share their faith, and resulted in many stories of people being engaged in conversations in the community – in work places, buses and tennis courts.
THE EQUIPPING WORKED
Countless church people have contacted us requesting spare booklets. We have fulfilled every request. All booklets are given without charge. Some who are in retirement villages or private apartment buildings that circulars cannot get to had the insight to request them to give personally. Our Comment: We see again that the silence of some Christians in terms of witnessing is not because of a lack desire or belief. It can be a lack of confidence in the methods and resources being made available to them. When given the right opportunity, and shown an approach that their intuition says is realistic for our culture, we discover that there are many more people in our churches who want to share faith than may otherwise be apparent.
MANY INDIVIDUALS REQUEST ADDITIONAL BOOKLETS TO GIVE AWAY
Another Baptist Pastor commented that she felt the equipping and outreach materials had given people a great way of relating to people. It was producing confidence. She can see that people are slowly taking the teaching on board.
WE ARE RELATING TO THE UNCHURCHED WITH INCREASING CONFIDENCE
A Presbyterian Pastor who actively promoted the project among his elderly congregations, and who is also actively encouraging giving to overseas missions and prayer for outreach, commented that a number of people who thought they couldn’t have conversations found that they could. One was an 80-year old gentleman. More people are hearing of Christ as a result.
AN 80 YEAR OLD MAN DISCOVERED THAT HE COULD SPEAK TO PEOPLE
A Presbyterian Pastor who actively promoted the project among his elderly congregations, and who also actively encourages giving to overseas missions and prayer for outreach, commented that a number of people who thought they couldn’t have conversations found that they could. One was an 80-year old gentleman. More people are hearing of Christ as a result.
AN 80 YEAR OLD MAN DISCOVERED THAT HE COULD SPEAK TO PEOPLE
An Anglican Vicar relayed the story of an older lady who walked home after hearing her sermon on conversations. She stopped to chat with a woman who was gardening. The fact that they used the same kneeler had opened the conversation naturally. When asked why she was so dressed up the member explained she’d been to church, extended an invitation – and the lady gardening came. Another lady who was staying in a motel due to the earthquake talked with a man in similar circumstances who was feeling stressed. During the conversation she invited him to church also, and he has since reconnected with his faith.
EVERYDAY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT FAITH ENABLED
An Assemblies of God Pastor illustrated a story of a woman in their church who was very excited after having tried to share her faith for many years. With the equipping resources provided she found it freeing that she could now just bring up her faith in ordinary conversation, without having to ‘clinch the deal’ every time. She could take conversations only as far as they naturally go – knowing she is a link in the chain, and that relaxed conversations can be ongoing with the people she sees regularly.
LONG-TIME CHRISTIANS FINDING CONFIDENCE IN WITNESSING FOR FIRST TIME
A lady in New Plymouth started watching the ‘Because we care’ video series a year prior to the first of the Hope Project’s media effort. She contacted us to encourage us that – before the media effort was even beginning - the project was already bearing fruit. With the perspectives and skills she gained she shared that she’d had ‘the awesome privilege of introducing four people to Christ’ already.
I LED FOUR PEOPLE TO FAITH IN CHRIST
An Assemblies of God Pastor who has used all the video training resources with the church, commented on how it was influencing his congregation. While some still clung to ‘past’ methods, a broader positive change in attitude toward evangelism was noticeable.
POSITIVE CHANGE IN ATTITUDES TOWARD EVANGELISM