We are suckers for good outreach ideas. When our team sees a church doing something amazing to their communities, we get excited. Here are 5 outreach ideas we’ve either seen churches implement or have come up with ourselves.

1. Reuseable Grocery Bags
First, call local grocery stores or shopping centers to run this idea by a manager. If you get the go-ahead, order several hundred reuseable grocery bags and recruit volunteers to hand them out to shoppers as they’re entering the stores you’ve called. Don’t put brochures or other info in the bags, just your church’s name and website. If you’re at a store like Aldi, consider handing out quarters to shoppers for their grocery carts. When people leave the store, offer to help unload their groceries, especially for those juggling children. This is sure to make someone’s shopping trip a pleasant experience, and it’s an easy outreach idea.

2. Cop Stops
With all the bad press surrounding the police recently, show your support for the men and women in blue by preparing meals for officers on duty. This isn’t really a new idea, but it’s a relevant one. A couple in our church does this and calls it a “Cop Stop.” Call your local precinct to get permission, and then ask them to pass along details to the officers, who can drop by within a certain timeframe and enjoy dinner at the host’s home. If you have enough people interested, you can set up multiple Cop Stops all over the city. Use the meal time as a way to create relationships and simply bless these officers.

3. Babysitting for Foster Families
Volunteers may need to complete certain classes to babysit for foster families, so you’ll want to check with a local foster agency first. However, once you find out what you need to do, you’re sure to truly bless foster parents by taking care of children so they can go on a date or even just have some down time. This is a great and easy way to be a part of orphan care as well. A local church in our city has really impacted a lot of families with their foster care support system. You might want to try it.

4. Lawn Care or Oil Changes for Single Moms
Single moms may not always admit it, but sometimes they just need a little help. We were recently discussing this in our office and that very day saw a church on Facebook (The Summit Church) offering free oil changes for single moms. Try it … this will bless these moms as well as give members of your church who know cars and yards a chance to serve their communities.

Summit Church Single Moms

5. Breakfast Drive-Thru
A few months ago, I was driving to work and saw multiple “Free Breakfast” signs on a road leading to a church (Shades Crest Baptist Church). I had eaten and didn’t stop, but seeing the church volunteers out waving at commuters and giving out free breakfast made me smile. The next day, they were out again! They actually hosted the drive-thru every morning for a week. By day 3, I stopped just to meet these kind people and grab some food on my way to work. It made my day. I also felt no pressure to visit but knew they simply wanted to bless people. I think their idea of serving breakfast to morning commuters was a simple and effective outreach idea.

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If your church or another church you know of has had a great outreach event, please share it in the comments section.