Organic food is all the rage right now, and for good reason. For years, consumers have been exposed to pesticides, antibiotics, and genetically modified foods, and as they became more aware of this, cries for chemical-free food arose, and the organic food industry boomed as a result. People love things that are natural.
The same is true with church outreach programs. Just as farmers are now removing any number of unnatural contaminants from their fields and livestock, so should the Christian Church strive to be rid of overly complicated and contrived community outreach methods, as well as shortcuts meant to merely add "numbers".
Loving your neighbor doesn’t involve unsolicited lessons in doctrine or admonishments for not attending church. It involves building real relationships. It involves being a good example that draws people to want to know more. Jesus didn’t go about stressing doctrine and disregarding human being, but went about helping people, healing the sick and acknowledging the forgotten, even doing kindnesses to his enemies. Christ loved people organically, coming to them on their own terms, in their own messes. Be real. Think of people as people, not numbers for the church roster. It will make loving them all the easier.
Read on to find out how to do this.