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Evangelism & Outreach

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    EVANGELISM & OUTREACH HELPSHEET

Consistently inviting people into a relationship with Jesus Christ is the means by which the Christian faith survives and the Good

    News is spread. Creating good programs and inviting young people to participate in them are evangelical acts that help us work

    towards augmenting the number of God’s worshipers. As a regional representative you must have some desire to share your faith with others. The more people you interact with, the more people will hear about the Lutheran Student Movement. When the word gets out, your region will have growth opportunity. The more your region can grow the more your region can do.

―Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy

    Spirit, and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of thisthat I am with you

    always, even to the end of the world.‖

    Matthew 28:19-20 (The Living Bible)

1. Highest Priority: Contact Campus Ministries

    A. It is imperative that someone is always in contact with the Lutheran Campus Ministries (LCMs) in your region whether

    they are involved with LSM or will be in the future. Create a list of the LCMs in your region with the contact person’s

    name, phone number, and email address, if one does not already exist. Keep the campus ministries up-to-date with the

    regional news and ask for their suggestions.

    The best way to contact students and chaplains is by visiting. Personal visits are hard to forget. Phone calls that are

    personally answered are also effective. Email is good after the personal contact and exchange of information has taken

    place.

    B. LCMS, WELS, and other Lutheran campus ministries are areas of LSM that need to be improved. Find these campus

    ministries in your region at http://www.lcmscampus.org and http://www.wels.net/cm/ and introduce LSM to them

    and invite them to share their campus ministry ideas with you. Maybe you can start a pan-Lutheran discussion with

    them?

    C. Contact other ecumenical campus ministries as well. Practically every school has some protestant group on campus;

    someone who does not have a LCM of their own has to be looking to join LSM in your region.

2. Contact the Governing Body

    A The ELCA is the only Lutheran Church that directly supports LSM on every level right now. Contact the synods’

    offices in your region and see how you can work with the synods to improve their connections with college-aged people.

    Bishops are generally excellent presenters at retreats or other regional events too. You can find contact information at

    http://www.elca.org/sr/regions.and.synods.html

     Every synod holds a ―synod assembly‖ each year. Synod assemblies gather members and clergy from nearly every

    congregation in the synod to discuss business. See if you can be a part of the synod assembly either by leading a

    worship service or simply making a short speech or presentation. You will get LSM’s name out to a lot of important

    people in one shot. Synods often budget money for Campus Ministries, see if you can have a small amount budgeted

    for your region. The ELCA strategic planning team has been focused primarily on young adult issues, remind your

    synod that you are the bridge that the ELCA is trying to strengthen.

    www.elca.org lead article in September 2003:

    Where are your young adults?

    [“]The Disappearing 20-Somethings" is MOSAIC's fall issue, now available. It addresses questions such as:

    Why do some children grow up in the church only to drift away after high school? How many of those young

    adults are returning to the church in their 30s? And what about those young adults who never left the church?

    Are congregations meeting their needs?

    The governing bodies want to support us, but they need to know about us.

    B. Contact LCMS and WELS Districts

    Listing & Contact Info for LCMS Districts: http://www.lcms.org/district/

    Map of the LCMS Districts: http://dcs.lcms.org/districts/Districts.htm

    WELS Council of Presidents: http://www.wels.net/cop/

    3. Contact High School Students (Future LSMers)

    Get in the trenches! High School students, especially Juniors and Seniors are looking for ways to bridge the gap into their

    college careers. Never turn down the opportunity to relate to high school students. Tell them about LSM, but more importantly

    share your experiences with them about going to college, what to expect, and how you found balance in your life. This is not

    only an opportunity to tell them about LSM, but to minister to them as well.

A. High School Retreats

    a. Start a list of high school retreats/events that LSMers in your region can attend. The easiest places to start are

    to contact ELCA synods about Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) events, contact Youth Encounter about

    Youth Congresses, and contact LCMS Districts about district Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) events. The

    high school activities in each LSM region are unique, so you should constantly be on the lookout for other

    retreats to add to your list. This list is something that should be kept and passed on to future leaders of LSM in

    your region. Once you identify retreats, the next step is to contact leaders and get some representation at their

    event, even if you only set up a display and to be present. Gaining credibility with the group is important. The

    first time you go, you may only set up a display and talk to kids as they (1) pass by or (2) better still participate

    with the LSM reps attending the event’s activities.

    b. The next year, be more involved with the event. Do this by offering to help with other aspects of the event.

    Some ideas are:

    - lead a workshop about life - ask for the opportunity to talk to whole group

    after high school - lead mixers or ice breakers

    - lead a small group - volunteer to help with night watch

    - lead/help with worship - Help out HOWEVER you can

    services or group prayers

    B. Networking Youth Ministry Networks exist all over the country. Find out about them and use them to tell

    Youth Works about LSM. Youth Workers are looking for ways to help their kids continue to grow in their

    http://www.elcaymnet.org/ faith after high school. A great resource for this is

    C. Be a Network As you meet and talk to high school students, keep a list of their contact info, such as their

    name, email, age, and future school. Use this contact information to hook them into campus ministry and

    LSM at their future school. You might even maintain a listserv for these students to send them occasional

    emails about LSM events, and how to contact you if they have questions.

    D. Contact local synods, talk to their communication directors. See if you can get information sent to their youth

    leaders through their mailings. You may be able to get a list of email addresses for their youth leaders.

    Do not expect your work to have immediate effects. Reaching out to new people can happen quickly but generally it takes time for people and organizations to warm up to something new. Outreach will be frustrating at times, but remember why LSM is important. It has to be important to you if you are reading this. You must find something fun and exciting about the organization. Use that enthusiasm in your outreach! Remember that phone calls and especially emails are easily forgotten, but personal visits, though time consuming, are never fruitless.

    Consistency is crucial. Contacting a group that seems hopeless on a regular basis will create hope. Help the regional representative and outreach officers after you to make and keep contacts. These might not have immediate effects but if the region is consistent with outreach then the growth will be consistent.

―Do not be frightened by moving slowly, only be frightened when not moving at all.‖ ~ Chinese Proverb

    Joshua Thornton Ben Krey IMOK Lutheran Student Northeast Lutheran Student Movement Regional Movement Regional Representative 2003 Representative 2003 740-503-9026 617-966-2479 xanier@rocketmail.com bjamin28@hotmail.com

    What makes LSM special: (1) Avenue for Action, your voice can be heard and backed by many. (2) Not time

    consuming, we only ask that you attend the events you can. (3) If you have time, there is always LSM stuff to

    work on, organize, participate in. (4) Your campus ministry exposes you to people outside your major. Your

    region introduces you to people outside your campus. LSM lets you meet people from all over the world. You

    soon learn that you are never alone.

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