8 Outreach Projects to Try This Fall

by | Oct 17, 2022 | Church Revitalization, Outreach and Evangelism, Servant Evangelism

I’m often asked about the best projects for success. Whether it’s a warm and sunny area like Southern California or Seattle where it apparently rains nearly half the time! There is always a great project in your midst. Here is a handful to try this fall. They are simple with few moving parts, so hopefully, newcomers to servant evangelism and outreach will feel comfortable.

 

1. $1 Carwash

 

We’ve mentioned free car washes, where we do a great job with a person’s car, then we give them a dollar for the privilege to show them God’s love in a practical way.

 

2. Rake leaves

 

You might be surprised at how fast a crew of 5 or so can rake the entire lawn of a medium-sized house. It’s good to knock on the door before you rake. Some actually like to rake their own leaves. Bag the leaves and set them where they belong.

 

3. Mow after raking

 

Under the leaves is often grass, which tends to be rather long and may need mowing.

 

4. Pick up debris

 

Branches, trash under shrubs, etc. Bag it. Put it by the curb.

 

5. Clean out rain gutters

 

This is more complicated. With this, unless the house is rather small, realistically you won’t have enough time to pull it off.

 

6. Wash dogs door to door

 

Dogs aren’t necessarily dirtier in the autumn, but some dogs, depending on their coat of hair, are only washed now and then. A good door-to-door wash might help them get past a winter wash. By the way, this is a great project to include kids.

 

7. Coffee

 

Set up in front of box stores like BJ’s, Sam’s Club or Hobby Lobby are especially gracious about letting you set up in front of their stores. Simply talk to the manager earlier in the week.

 

8. Cookies

 

Homemade cookies are the best, but Oreos are pretty popular as well.

When you connect with strangers who naturally ask why you are doing this, assume they want your gift or service – “Have you _____ yet?”

The phrase that pays: “We’re doing this just to show God’s love in a practical way. We think this is the sort of thing Jesus would do!”

For more help with outreach, visit www.kindnessoutreach.com

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Steve Sjogren has been a part of successfully planting five churches across America and Europe and has successfully deployed eighteen churches. Additionally, Steve has coached dozens of church planters from a broad base of faith groups. His church planting book, Community of Kindness has encouraged and influenced thousands of church plants. He currently coaches planters at various stages in their development. You can reach Steve here. Read More About Steve Sjogren At His Author Page