Our cell group has happened upon what is one of the most effective methods for reaching out into your immediate neighborhood I have ever heard of. It is an ideal outreach method for a small group. In just a few weeks it has resulted in us meeting about 25 families in which we are now engaged on some level of ministry and 7 persons have received Christ or renewed their commitment to Him. And this is only about six weeks into the process. We believe we can touch the lives of 300 people in the next couple of months. The strategy is very simple, is well received by strangers, and is culturally relevant. It leads you into relationships with strangers on a very favorable basis.
This method involves using the Jesus video in a door-to-door campaign in your immediate neighborhood. All the materials needed are obtained through Campus Crusade for Christ, who distribute the video and who have been using it overseas for an evangelism tool for about ten years. It has been produced in about 350 languages. They have a separate Jesus Film Project division that is part of the overall CCC organization. If you live in a large metro area where there is a CCC office, they probably have a JVP coordinator. If not, you can get further info from CCC in California by calling 1-800-29JESUS.
They seem to have just begun using the JVP in America in city-wide saturation campaigns, enlisting many churches to carry it out once a year. However, it has worked great for us as a day-to-day, ongoing evangelistic method. It works this way:
Prayer Walk: You select a street or block in your neighborhood and walk through it praying for each house as the Spirit leads. As you go, you hang a door knob hanger on each front door. The hanger says that in a few days the people ...