In conversations with Dwayne this week, we discussed ways of intentionally participating in activities that would bring us into contact with new people. As a church planter and evangelist, you face three challenges: first, what activities will correspond to your target audience? Two, what opportunities are there with a limited time available? And three, what opportunities will provide contact with more than just one or two people on an infrequent basis?
We think the answer may be volunteering. This simultaneously helps us reach two of our goals in the church plant: reach the lost and serve our communities. With a little research, I uncovered dozens of volunteer opportunities that involve less than 8 hours per month of formal committment while providing opportunities to work and serve in environments where we come into contact with many different people in our target demographic. Here are some of the Salem area volunteer resources I was able to find:
- Marion County volunteer opportunities, both short term and long term.
- United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley
- VolunteerMatch results from the Salem area
In the next few weeks, we are going to look at ways we can accomplish the goals of evangelism and service through strategic volunteer opportunities as individuals and as a church.