God has placed the Southeastern District in the midst of 32 million people – many of whom do not know the joy of living daily with Jesus as Savior. How can we – you and me – make a difference among so many? When we reach out to our neighbor – one house, one street, one zip code at a time – we can make a Gospel difference. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are called, sent to serve, share, and bless our neighbors with the love of Jesus. How do we go about doing that? Perhaps this acronym will help you:
B: begin by praying for your neighbors (even if you don’t know their names).
L: listen to your neighbors.
E: eat with your neighbors, invite them for dessert or take a dessert to them.
S: serve your neighbors, find a way to show that you care for them.
S: share your story and the Gospel with your neighbors – pray for that “open door of opportunity”. (1 Cor 16:9a)
We invite you to go to your neighborhood and be the church, God’s own, a missionary on your street.
Cul-de-Sac Ministry – Seth Korte
Redeemer Lutheran Church wanted to get to know her neighbors, especially those that lived in a 5-mile radius and so, a cul-de-sac ministry was created. Read more about this ministry (PDF)
Responding Neighbor to Neighbor in Time of Disaster: Liz DeMik
A disaster may take many shapes – from a storm that leaves the community without electricity, to a water main break, a fire that takes out one home or a hurricane. We have an opportunity with each crisis to show compassion and sharing his mercy. Are you ready to serve? Is your congregation equipped to care for itself during a crisis and respond to community need. Some simple surveys and local resource assessment lists will help you to begin. (http://www.se.lcms.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=197995)
LINC-ing Urban Neighborhoods with the Gospel: Tina Jasion
LINC-Baltimore, Lutheran Inter-City Network Coalition believes that lives renewed through God’s amazing grace become sources of life-giving health to families, neighborhoods, and communities. Baltimore neighborhoods once known by their ethnicity for successive generations are now home to one or more new ethnic groups of immigrant families, coming from all over the world rather than just European countries. Each arrives with their own hopes and American dream, and their struggles to attain it. LINC’s vision is to have 5000 people in 5 years be impacted by the love of Jesus in communities throughout the Baltimore region, growing in their ability to impact others by the grace they have received. Read more (PDF)
Orphan Grain Train – Elfie Eberle
Orphan Grain Train is a Christian volunteer network that shares personal and material resources with needy people in America and around the world. Grain Train volunteers gather donations of clothing, medical supplies, food, Christian literature, and other aid to meet real needs. The Orphan Grain Train movement is a loving response to Jesus Christ’s example as a servant and His love for us.
Responding to real neighborhood need by receiving and sending resources is an important part of this ministry. Leading neighbors to be neighbors is the unique gift that Orphan Grain Train provides.
Orphan Grain Train PDF
The 72 – Partners on the Road http://www.lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=627
Born of a pioneering effort in 1996, the ministry has served nearly 215 congregations across the United States. Congregations partner with a team of two to four individuals from The 72 to accomplish specific evangelism goals. Congregation members commit themselves to be in Bible study with the team, to support them in prayer both publically and privately, and to support their work in both word and deed while the team is on-site serving them. Dave and Dee Allen are members of the 72.
Relational Witnessing Workshop is a 6-8 hour session appropriate for congregation or circuit event. Dee Allen leads these sessions. Contact the Allen's
Missional Small Group Leader Training: To find out more about becoming a Missional Small Group Leader and having your congregation host a Small Group Leader Training Workshop, contact David Allen. 540-972-4958 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lutheran Hour Ministries
As you work your way through this website, you will find many resources that will help in equipping people to share the Good News of the Gospel. Mission U, originating in the SED, is an excellent web-based series with regular presentations on outreach and faith-sharing. http://www.lhm.org/ http://www.lhm.org/
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League
Excellent resources and the wonderful Mustard Seeds for use in neighborhood outreach. You will want to check out their resources in GO – Gospel Outreach. The purpose of the Gospel Outreach is to inspire and equip women to share their faith in Jesus Christ, their loving Savior, with people of their communities and the world. (http://www.lwml.org/missions/sharing-gospel.php)
Equipping faith communities and families to develop lifelong disciples of all ages. This has been the goal for nearly 50 years with our predecessor organizations: The LOGOS Ministry, LOGOS System Associates, and Youth Club Program, Inc. We believe that nurturing people, especially youth and children, into right relationships of faith with God through Jesus Christ is the most important thing the church ever does. Our local contact is Liz Perraud (email@example.com) at http://www.genonministries.org/
House Church Planter
Our ministry provides training which we hope is helpful for established LCMS congregations to better reach their communities. This training is focused first on developing the essential Christian characteristic of Prayer. Prayer is not a “program” or “technique” or “strategy”; prayer is an indelible characteristic of the Christian. Luther would say that it is the “6th function of the Priesthood”. Rev. Jim Buckman (firstname.lastname@example.org) www.HouseChurchPlanter.com
Training Lutherans for Outreach (TLO)
A series of webinars held on Saturday morning to equip people in their everyday witness. Each session this year will feature Dr. Jim Buckman who will help us focus on the church (me) in my neighborhood. Dates are on Saturday morning – 9-11 on: Sept. 28, Nov. 16, Jan. 18, Mar. 15- Check the calendar link above for more details.
This free resource provides you with a demographics study of your neighborhood. Contact Cindy Haupt (email@example.com) to order a study.
SED Spiritual Life Team has prepared and gathered a number of resources. They are also prepared to lead congregational prayer retreats. You will find them at http://www.se.lcms.org/prayers
“Prayer Journeys, a Leader’s How-To Manual,” calebproject.org
“Prayer Walking, a Journey of Faith” by Dan R. Crawford & Calvin Miller, AMG Publishers