Category: Working Neighborhoods

Newsletter Evangelism: A New Approach For Door-to-Door Calls

Glenn Davis of Buena Park, California, has developed a plan for door-to-door evangelism with a new twist. The results of his “newsletter evangelism” indicate that the method brings greater receptivity at the door and more beneficial contacts.

Those who study and participate in evangelism know that favorable, individual contact is one of the most useful means for evangelism. For many years, churches have been going door-to-door in their search for those who might be prospects for Bible studies or attending a church service. Many such efforts are still effective, and newsletter evangelism has the potential for making such contacts even more likely to be successful.

Davis has developed a series of twenty-five newsletters which he sells on a CD for congregations to use. Churches can add their own name, location, and service times. They can then print as many copies of each newsletter as desired. The newsletters are just one page long and have articles about spiritual matters such as dealing with grief, faith, finances, the restoration concept, current public personalities, and other similar topics. These stories are written to be interesting and helpful but not controversial.

The plan for newsletter evangelism calls for a person or a couple to develop a “paper route” in which they select thirty or forty homes in a neighborhood to which they will deliver two issues of the newsletter each week. They don’t knock on the door, but just leave the paper where people will find it. They continue with two papers a week from four to six weeks.

Then, after people have had a chance to read the newsletter, the person or couple will work the route again, this time knocking on the doors. When someone answers, they hold up a copy of the newsletter and say we are here to take a …

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Posted on January 20th, 2010 in Working Neighborhoods

Lawton Congregations Baptize 51 in Combined Local Effort

In June 2009, five congregations in Lawton, Oklahoma, combined their efforts for a week-long effort, knocking on every door in the city - all 36,000 of them.  They calculate that 91,000 live in the homes they contacted.  Workers also came from congregations outside of Lawton to assist in the work. 

Lawton’s Northwest Church of Christ has held summer evangelistic campaigns for thirty-three years across the Midwest, but this year, they decided to combine with other congregations and have a campaign in their own city. Along with Northwest, the congregations participating were Eighth & Lee, Rose Hill, Sullivan Village, and University. These churches believe door-knocking is still effective in many places and that more congregations should be using this method in their local areas.

As they knocked at the door, the two-person teams first invited people to attend services at any of the participating congregations, each of which had services every night that week with the same topics at each place.  Then the teams asked if the person at the door would like to have a Bible study.  For those wishing a study, the campaigners used the “Safety Chain” method, developed at the Northwest congregation.  Within a week of the effort, fifty-one had been baptized and one had been restored. Even beyond this, the churches believe there will be long-term beneficial results.  People in the area will know more about churches of Christ, will recognize their interest in all the people of the area and will, therefore, be more likely to respond favorably to later efforts churches make to contact them.  The congregations also feel a closer relationship with each other from having worked together, and the community sees them as being united.

Titled the “Back to the Bible Campaign,” the effort involved six …

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Posted on December 03rd, 2009 in Working Neighborhoods

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