A Church’s Journey from Inreach to Outreach

December 19, 2023

MIDWEST CITY, OKLA. – As our church members prepare for evangelism in 2024 and beyond, our primary focus is on discipleship and building meaningful relationships. We’re not only committed to strengthening our bonds with one another but also reaching out to those who have yet to experience our loving God. Our mission is clear, inspired by the words of Jesus in John 13:35: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

To put this into action, Midwest City Seventh-day Adventist Church members organized various fellowshipping events. From trips to the Oklahoma City Zoo with our district members to skating adventures, our members not only strengthened their connections with one another but also extended invitations to those outside our faith community, which encouraged new and positive relationships.

We wish to showcase the love and camaraderie we share with one another and extend that same love to our new friends. Our ultimate goal is to create small, close-knit groups and foster strong relationships, guiding individuals on a path to meet Jesus and consider joining our church.

But our mission doesn’t stop there. We’re actively seeking out individuals we have yet to meet and building connections with them. Our dedicated efforts involve knocking on doors in our community, a strategy that our Bible worker has orchestrated into a two-part series, rallying the entire church behind this initiative.

We’ve equipped the church members with the skills and enthusiasm to engage with the community because we are in search of those who may be ready to hear and embrace the message of mercy and love. Groups of two have been formed, each with an assigned leader, and before heading out, we come together in prayer for guidance and support. We continue to organize prayer groups within the church to ensure a spiritual presence while our teams are out in the field. Just as the disciples did, we return and share our testimonies from these encounters. 

Through these genuine connections, we aim to earn the community’s friendship and trust, ultimately introducing them to Jesus. Together, with unwavering commitment and love, we embark on this journey of faith and outreach.

By Marlowe Parks