Congregational evangelism is powerful. The influence of a church family on a community creates contacts and prospects like no other. Events vary through the year as the seasons change. Whether it is a Graduation Banquet or a Trunk or Treat, these events attract family, friends, neighbors, and strangers who are not members of the church of Christ. It is important to remember that these guests are not contacts until we collect their information.

A contact is a target for evangelism. A contact must have a name, address, and phone number. If we do not have the information, we do not have a contact. You could have 20 visitors at an event, but if you do not approach them with the intent of creating a contact, the effort is wasted. How do you create contacts?

  • Train each member/family about the purpose of the event.
  • Ensure you have enough Christian servants to provide one-on-one attention.
  • Each Christian servant should focus on one visitor or family.
  • Sit with the contacts and engage them socially.
  • Find areas of interest.
  • Look for opportunities to re-connect later.
  • Get their contact information.
  • Place their name on the congregational contact list to begin sending compassion cards.
We must remember that the social gathering or event is not the end goal. Our mission is to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). We must use these events to accomplish our mission. If all we are doing is creating social gatherings for the congregation, we have become nothing more than a social club. If we properly train our church members, these events can create contacts all year long. Train, train, and train your members to be an army of soul winners!