How to Motivate People to Do Outreach

I just finished shooting the video with my response to one of the top five outreach challenges people faced. Here it is:

Please go ahead and leave a comment below… tell me what you think of “How to Motivate People to Do Outreach.”

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23 Responses to “How to Motivate People to Do Outreach”

  1. Brian Davis Says:

    Thanks for the video. I hope it is only the first of many. God Speed to you!

  2. Peggy Byrd Says:

    I agree that servant Evangelism should be fun. We are currently working on some fun and innovative ideas for all age groups within our church for the upcoming year. We want people to enjoy what God has given us.

  3. Marty Boller Says:

    I love it. LOW RISK. HIGH GRACE. Find out what the Father is doing…do it…God comes and does the “big” stuff while we just are faithful in showing up with our two fish & five loaves.

  4. Michael Harrison Says:

    Good stuff, Steve. Thanks for sharing and inspiring and helping us help our people serve others. We are seeing great things happens!

    This quote and thought hit me big … LOW RISK and HIGH GRACE … good stuff.

  5. Rev. Dennis Roebuck Says:

    This video is a good start. It describes the way we are proceeding and our 60-90 minute projects (ie. giving out free water, Chirstmas “goody bags,” and Easter baskets are fun outreach experiences for our parishioners who were totally inexperienced with any kind of outreach. Thanks Steve, and keep those videos coming.

  6. Ray Abbey Says:

    Thanks Steve, I am starting a sermon series in the next few weeks and launching servant evangelism. I am stoked. Thanks for the nudge. God Bless.

  7. Hal McIntosh Says:

    “Low risk, high grace” is effective even in the hard to reach places of our city. All people like to have fun and when God shows up the atmosphere of an entire neighborhood begins to change. We have seen kids on drug corners ask us for prayer – we were just there to give away a free bottle of water. Thanks for the video and I look forward to more!

  8. Will Lohnes Says:

    Steve, thanks for your heart and life. This is a good help. Continue these brother as it helps so many.
    I always remember your gracious coming and speaking to our church. You are filled with grace. Take care. Talk to you later.

  9. Bobby Capps Says:

    Great piece. Thanks. Keep ‘em comin’. ‘Low risk, Hi grace’. Looking forward to the next ones. Once you get past the icebreaker events, then what?

  10. Andy White Says:

    Great advice, Steve. Fun is infectious, so if you are ‘leading’ the outreach, teh one thing we found was that people could start off cautious and reserved, but if they saw us having fun and throwing caution to the wind, so-to-speak, they would start to come out of their shells; then the energy level would increase almost exponentially. This has a great effect – not only does it create a great buzz among those doing the serving, but those being served are brought into the vibe, too.

    The one thing I’d love to see a video on is how to overcome institutional and cultural apathy – because individuals can grasp it, but when the culture and institution of church is constructed to be your nemesis in seeking to serve, it can, and does, sap you. How to keep going, how not to lose your passion against that tide would be a great message, imo.

  11. Bob Dozier Says:

    Thanks for your hard work and encouragement. “Low Risk and High Grace” “90 min at a time” “keep it fun” “give lots of positive feed back” Yes Yes Yes But (and you knew I was going to but didn’t you) it’s my experience that the problem runs deeper than that. The idea of Servanthood is foreign, almost anti-American Culture. It’s fun the first time and maybe the second sometimes even the third but then … This is serious Spiritual Warfare and when you have potential to do serious damage the enemy come on strong.

  12. hilary calman Says:

    Haven’t seen the video, Steve – yet – but reading the comments I think both Andy White and Bob Dozier have very valid points. Institutional apathy is a biggie in NZ too. Also people are so busy – both working, running the kids around, just the pressures of life these days. Getting out on a Saturday morning when it may be the only time they have to sleep in…. Guess this is where Bob’s comment comes in, about the necessity for spiritual warfare. Thanks very much for the reminder.

  13. Jeff Palmberg Says:

    While this isn’t the focus of this particular video suggestion, I wanted to address your point about trying to convince busy people to get up and out on a Saturday morning when they would really prefer to sleep in.
    I believe the key is to do an SE *in the place* of what you would otherwise be doing. Is it possible to have a small group do an SE at the same time, but instead of their regular meeting? How about a Sunday School class using that time to prepare a give-away for an SE in place of their lesson (maybe a better lesson in the process)? I have a friend whose church canceled worship services one week in order to go out and serve others.
    We’re all living in an over-scheduled, busy world (often times our churches are guilty, too). Simplify the church schedule in order to free people up to do this.

    Now, if I can only put my own advice into practice! ;-)

  14. Rebecca Cagle, Professional Life Coach Says:

    Hi Steve:
    Overall great video. You look too serious. Show us some more of that Steve Sjogren smile and enthusiasm for serving God that you are so well known for.
    God bless you my friend!

  15. Jane Says:

    Living in the UK it’s not only apathy that’s a problem but British reserve, especially among older church goers. Prayer is so important because the Holy Spirit will guide you to what’s right for your congregation and for your community if you listen in prayer. Our Easter give-aways of Hot Cross Buns and Daffodils went brilliantly! Any ideas for Pentecost?

  16. Christine Trickey Says:

    The words that you used several times “low risk – high grace” projects takes the fear factor out of outreach. Also, you mentioned keeping it to 90 minutes or less. That is doable. Thanks!

  17. Lynda Woebkenberg Says:

    Hey Steve,
    Good video. I loved it in the early days at VCC when we gave everybody at the church a twenty dollar bill and we went out to see how many people we could touch with that $20. Great Great FUN! Keep up the good work!

  18. Bruce Renich Says:

    Steve, where does a passion for Jesus fit into all this? Seems to me that such a passion would overcome a lot of the risk factor and institutional apathy talked about here. Seems to me that if we could figure this out, we would largely solve the motivation issue. Which is the cart and which is the horse? I know the structure and the motivation go hand in hand, but low risk and high grace can be done without any sense of love for Jesus and then what would that produce??

  19. Jeff Palmberg Says:

    Good point. The trick is to figure out what approach will work best: getting the people on fire for Jesus and self-motivated to share his love with others, or give them a taste of serving others in His name and let that “low-risk, high-grace” experience sweep them up.

    I recently had a conversation with a church member who’s a big fan of the “Way of the Master” type of street evangelism. He is very passionate about getting the truth out there — maybe at the expense of alienating more people than the ones who respond positively. In other words, this friend of mine has a real love for Jesus and a passion that overcomes risk factors and institutional apathy, but he admits to having very few positive responses to his evangelism efforts. It all goes both ways.

    My personal opinion is that if we give our congregation a taste of these low-risk, high-grace SE projects, they will experience the joy of sharing God’s love with others in a way that seems doable for them. Most Christians really want to share Christ with other — they’re just intimidated by what they believe that means. Once they realize that it is very doable, they’ll feel relief and joy that will spur up the love for Jesus to a new level.

  20. Craig Smith Says:

    Thank you, Steve. Reminding us that evangelism can be done many ways, in fact, in every way and that often the small ways are best, is one of the greatest motivators I’ve seen. No training, no experience, just a heart for Jesus and for others is all we need–how encouraging. Helping us to show our Lord as giving and not demanding (free bottles of water? And not asking for anything in return? Now there’s an opening for a question), laughing and not jeering, fun and not flip, loving and not needy. I am very grateful. This is great stuff.

  21. Ken Boggs Says:

    The language you use is very helpful in changing the way people think about outreach.

  22. Ted Goupil Says:

    I’ve watched several of your videos. I have found that they are vague and not to the point. You say that you will give an idea and then I don’t see the idea. You spend too much time leading up to what you are going to present and then your presentation goes no where.
    Still waiting for new ideas.

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