When you share your “God stories” with others, and they respond, you become a guide to help them cross the bridge of the world to the world of faith.
We first learned this great “next step mechanism” during one of our visits to England.
- Each year, we take a small group of no more than twenty North Americans to England.
- England is about 20 to 24 years ahead of North America in spiritual renewal.
- It is an outstanding “classroom of the future” to see what God will likely do next on this west side of the Atlantic Ocean.
- We have connected with key leaders in England who give us personal time and insights to prepare those in our groups for what God will do here next.
- It is a life-changing experience for anyone who visits these leaders in England.
One of the mechanism developed by some of the churches in the renewal movement in England is what we have come to call Outreach Clusters.
- An Outreach Cluster includes about 15-20 people from the same church.
- An Outreach Cluster may gather once or twice a month.
- The primary purpose of an Outreach Cluster is to have fun and fellowship.
- An Outreach Cluster may see a movie together and then go to a home or restaurant to eat and discuss it.
- Some Outreach Clusters have a meal at someone’s house or at a restaurant.
- Some Outreach Clusters meet for a picnic in a park.
- The Outreach Cluster leader organizes the group and communicates to the members of the group when and where they will meet.
- The group usually has a name. For example, one that I have visited in England is called “Radiate.”
- The Outreach Clusters often do some unique ministry out in the community, where they serve on some regular basis.
Tomorrow, we’ll look at why you would invite a person to an Outreach Cluster.