Buy their dinner

dinnerI was visiting a missionary who works in a Western European country and was amazed to see the success of his church planting project. This church was at least 5 times the size of the average church in that country. Something was obviously different about his approach to evangelism. He listed a couple of them but the one which stood out was this. Periodically, the church would reserve an entire restaurant for the evening. Church members would then invite non-believers out for dinner and pay. During the evening, there was no program or “hard sell” other than a couple of people who would give their personal salvation testimony.

Granted… this was in a country where it is expected that you book a table and have it for the entire evening. They view dinner as “the” event… not something to do on the way to something else. So there is a much more casual approach for dinner. But the key was that believers spent time with unbelievers in an un-hurried social setting. This may not work in your setting but the challenge is to find something like this that will allow your church to spend quantity time with lost people.

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