RELAY is only a few weeks away from release. The RELAY training resources will be available in mid-June. Pastors have asked, "How can we take all our collegiate and adult small groups through RELAY at the same time?" Uploaded on the resources page is a RELAY CHURCH EXPERIENCE document. You can download this and create an entire chruch emphasis on intentional relational evangelism.
There are several benefits in taking your church or minstry through a shared experience like this. First, it is easier to enlist people to take an evangelism course when their small group friends are doing it as well. Second, RELAY is taylored to the support system of a small group. They will have the prayers and support for their relational evangelism activity. RELAY has the ability to change an inwardly focused small group to one that actively seeks to include people far from Christ. Third, pastors can order the worship services to reflect and reinforce what member are doing the the small groups. This site will soon have sermon ideas and worship service suggestions for the Experience. Fourth, by doing this as a church you work off the synergy of the whole church instead of just depending on the individual parts. Fifth, at the conclusion of the experience, this could be the time to do that re-evaluation of ministries for evangelism that you as a pastor or church leader have wanted to do.
RELAY is not only sharing your faith your way, it's also your church or ministry sharing it's faith in it's own unique way as well.
Wed, May 13, 2009
by Jimmy Kinnaird