What are Outreach Ministries?
As well as serving as Student Ministries Director, I also serve on our church’s Ministry Team. This is the Deacon level of our church.
As is fitting, I do oversee student ministries on this Ministry Team. But I also hold specific oversight of all outreach ministries.
The question for today is, what are outreach ministries? Well I’d state it simply…
Outreach is about saving lives…eternally!
Therefore, Outreach ministries are about eternally saving lives. Outreach is the mode of transport, bringing people to life-saving evangelism through Jesus Christ.
Over the next week, I’d like to cover a few important facets of this word, outreach with a series of blog posts.
- To start things off today, I’ll be providing a simple definition of outreach.
- Throughout the rest of the week, I hope to explore some Biblical evidence, to show that Jesus was all about outreach ministry.
- Finally, I’d like to close the series with a metaphor; viewing the church as a life-boat of survivors.
Hopefully, this metaphor will help us remember and apply our role in outreach ministries; to bring in other survivors that are still lost at sea!
Dictionary.com defines outreach as,
“an act or instance of reaching out, length or extent of reach” or as is pertinent to our discussion today, “the act of extending services, benefits, etc., to a wider section of the population, as in community work.”
Obviously, this is a secular definition, but remember that we attempt to achieve outreach ministry. In other words, we perform acts of outreach in order to minister to them with the Gospel.
Throughout the centuries, outreach has become a valuable conduit by which evangelism and the Gospel message is passed. We, the church, extend services, benefits, resources, time, prayer, etc.
We choose to meet all these needs, with the goal of bringing people to Jesus Christ.
Join the Conversation, Leave Your Thoughts
Within your life or ministry context, how would you define outreach?