“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