You have now introduced your friends, Paul and Cindy, to your Outreach Cluster members, at a picnic gathering of Radiate.
- You invite Paul and Cindy to your next gathering of Radiate, a progressive dinner that moves from one home to another among the Radiate members.
- Paul and Cindy have not attended worship or shown interest in your church, but the relationships with Radiate continue to grow.
When Paul and Cindy raise the issue about attending worship at your church, you pick them up and bring them to your church.
- You prearrange for those in your Outreach Cluster, Radiate, to sit together.
- You bring Paul and Cindy and sit with Radiate.
- Paul and Cindy, at their first worship service, sit with people they’ve already come to know. They are already somewhat assimilated into your church during their first visit to worship!
- It isn’t important that Paul and Cindy know everyone at your church. It is vitally important to know some of those at your church and to sit with them.
Paul and Cindy decide they want to be baptized.
- The group from Radiate stands around them as they are baptized.
- It is a public witness and a demonstration that they are already somewhat assimilated into your church. They already have a Christian family within the context of the bigger Christian family, your church.
- At the same time, Paul and Cindy are ready for “spiritual steak.”
- You don’t invite, but bring them to a Bible study led by one of your Radiate friends.
- Over time, Paul and Cindy catch the culture of sharing God stories. Where? From their friends in Radiate!
- They begin to share their own new God stories with those in their social networks.
- As former non-Christians, many of those in Paul and Cindy’s social networks are likely not believers yet.
- Now your church begins to grow exponentially! Are you ready for revival?
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