Resources from Equip to Engage
Can you imagine a day when your congregation is fully a part of the community around it? Do you pray for a time when your members build meaningful, Christ-centered relationships with each other and those outside the church community? Are you ready to lead your church into the community to which you are being sent? A recent Nebraska District workshop, made possible through a partnership with the Center for U.S. Missions, called Equip to Engage provides training and tools to help equip everyone to share His message.
The workshop presenter for the 2018 Equip to Engage Workshop was Rev. Peter Meier, who serves at the Executive Director of the Center for U.S. Missions. The Center is a partnership between LCMS World Mission, Concordia University Irvine, the North American Mission Executives of the LCMS, and People of the Book Lutheran Outreach (POBLO) International. They provide research and training for mission work among unevangelized people in the United States. They are Christ-centered, mission-driven, multiplication-focused, and service-oriented.
Watch this video series with one or more lay leaders from your congregation to be equipped and encouraged to embrace the community in which you serve and to engage the people around you with the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. (Videos may be presented via the website, or downloaded to watch offline.)
“Why I Belong to Jesus” (also available in Spanish) is a little brochure that simply explains sin and grace in a way that can make sense to someone who has never heard the Gospel message. It’s a wonderful tool to share with first-time visitors to your congregation, in targeted mailings to community households, or handing out at church or school activities like Easter egg hunts or Trunk-or-Treat nights. It is also an effective witnessing tool for one-on-one conversations, providing a simple explanation of the Christian faith and justification through Jesus Christ.
Congregations are encouraged to download, print and distribute this brochure as often as they’d like. There is no copyright and no cost to use it. A text box on the last page allows for personalization and gives room for congregation name, address, service times, and contact info.