Besides training and encouraging our members to be active in personal evangelism we conduct various outreaches in our local community. Over the years we have done the full spectrum of types of evangelism. We have done three door-to-door literature distributions to about 5,000 homes. We have done park evangelism for many years at our local park. Our church has participated in the area’s Boxes of Love distribution of gifts for children at Christmas. Our Family Fun Days were some of our best outreaches. For a number of years, we sponsored a Family Fun Day open for all the community to come and enjoy a pig roast, live music, drama, bounce houses, and testimonies from men from Teen Challenge. We always made sure that everyone received the gospel in some way. Each year the attendance grew from a few hundred to about 1,500 in attendance. Our biggest outreach was the Convoy of Hope that Victory spearheaded for Buffalo in 2007. Working with many other churches we were able to have a successful outreach. We made available about 50 different agencies and ministries that offered help at the community center located in one of our large tents. We gave out tons of food, clothing, over 150 free haircuts, hundreds of medical tests, had a huge Kids Zone with over 6 bounce house and slides. But most importantly we had over 500 pray to receive Christ. (photos available under More Stuff>Photo Galleries>Church ministries)
Evangelism Team Mission Statement
It is the goal of the Evangelism team to take the Gospel to the world rather than wait for the world to come to us as commanded in Matthew 28:19-20 which says: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” We believe that effective Christian Ministry involves taking the Gospel outside of the four walls of the church to the community at large. Luke 14:23 “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”
We believe that the model for Christian ministry involves engaging the community and forming long-term relationships with the community and individuals as we endeavor to consistently meet practical needs within the community. These long-term relationships earn for us the right to share the gospel of Jesus with the community and individuals as we consistently demonstrate the love of Christ in ongoing practical ways. We believe that it is equally important to provide new believers with a place for ongoing fellowship and discipleship where they can be taught to become Disciples of Christ and to eventually go out and bring others into the Kingdom of God.
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and fed you, or thirsty, and gave you drink? When did we see you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came you? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Based on these and numerous other scriptures, it is apparent that as Christians we are called to be salt and light, and a blessing to our communities. Being a blessing within our community can take on many forms such as feeding programs, clothing giveaways, housing assistance, providing furniture and appliances for needy people, help with job preparation and attainment of employment, learning English as a second language, taking care of sick people, assisting the elderly in our community, or anything else that helps meet practical needs of people. With God’s help and direction we purposes to form long-term relationships, as we meet as many of the practical needs within our community as is possible, and in the process, share the love and Gospel of Christ with the community.