Let Us Help You With Targeted Mailing Lists to Reach Your Community This Advent
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has developed a free, downloadable congregational media kit to assist churches in reaching out to their communities during the seasons of Advent and Christmas. The items in the kit are designed to be personalized with the local parish’s information. Churches may use the resources to invite people to services or simply to generate opportunities for pastoral conversations in the community. The resources are electronic files that can be easily downloaded from the LCMS website at blogs.lcms.org/2019/advent-christmas-media-kit and personalized with the congregation’s name and contact information.
One downloadable file is a one-sided notecard with a blank back for congregations to include an invitation to Advent or Christmas services and activities. This notecard is a great way to keep in touch with visitors or introduce your ministry to new members of your community. The Nebraska District, in partnership with Leading Edge Mission Solutions, is able to provide congregations with free, local mailing lists based on a number of criteria. Email email@example.com to request a mailing list for the following household categories:
- children ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-10, 11-13, or 14-17;
- new movers (6 or 12 months);
- language spoken; and
- head of household age or marital status.
All requests must include at least one criteria listed above and area to be included in the search, such as zip code(s) or radius from a specific address. Please allow up to 2 weeks for processing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
Free Advent Images to Use in Your Social Media Outreach
Congregations, schools, groups and individuals who would like to post Bible verses combined with eye-catching images to their social media during the seasons of Thanksgiving, Advent, and Lent are invited to download free sets of images sized for Instagram and for Facebook/Twitter. These images have no logos, and congregations and schools are invited to add their own.
“Why I Belong to Jesus” (which is 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.
Every One His Witness is a Lutheran evangelism program that teaches you to witness to your friends, co-workers, and any other nonchurched people you may know. You’ll also learn tools to help you listen and connect better with those in your congregation. Using the LASSIE approach to witnessing (listen, ask, seek, share, invite, and encourage), you will learn how to naturally share the Good News of Jesus Christ through relational, contextual witnessing in your everyday life.
Visit http://www.ndlcms.org/e1hw/ to learn more.
Engaging the Wandering Workshops
Reaching out to inactive members is an important part of the mission work that the Lord calls and enables us to do.
To help equip you to reach out to inactive members of your church, you can attend an Engaging the Wandering Workshop. Participants will see how much Jesus loves those who have wandered from the flock and will learn caring ways to gently restore them to the Body of Christ.
Contact Kim Hofer for information on holding an Engaging the Wandering Workshop at your church.
The Office of National Mission is addressing the challenge of congregational decline through a comprehensive Revitalization initiative. In the language of 1 Cor. 3:5-9, revitalization is centered on planting and watering in anticipation of God providing the growth.
Currently in development, Re:Vitality is a full-scale program that addresses the three fundamental premises of revitalization by providing congregations with resources to improve their abilities to invite, welcome and receive people from outside the congregation.
Download the Equip, Encourage, Engage booklet for insights and practical tools to help you shine the light of Christ into your community. When printing, choose the “booklet” and “back-to-back” options on your Adobe print screen for a booklet ready to fold and staple.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod provides a number of resources and information for individuals and congregations on a variety of social issues including: racism, disability, child abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence, abortion, immigration, persecution, marriage, sexuality, and religious liberty. Visit their website to learn more: https://www.lcms.org/social-issues