Heather Schnese

Heather Schnese is a contributing writer for Outreach magazine.

From Attraction to Connection

We do old-school visitations. Once a month we will go and make a home visit in teams of two or three. We bring a gift bag to the door of someone who has already visited our church.

Rocket Pops and Disciples

Every Sunday is different. We look for opportunities to have cupcakes or cookies on Sunday morning. On 4th of July weekend, people get a rocket pop as they leave. We look for excuses to have those kinds of things.

Start With Serving

We’re very intentional about providing quality opportunities for people to serve and to make a difference in our community. Through that we have a lot of success in getting new people connected to the life of the church.

‘Together We’

The Lord gave me two words: together we. After that, we penned our mission statement out of Together We: Together we are a reaching, discipling, sending church impacting generations for Christ.

Try This!: 100 Outreach Ideas for the Post-Pandemic Church

Invite kids to come to church one weeknight to learn more about the Bible by playing with LEGOs.

Intentionality Is Key

We’re very intentional about being welcoming and friendly. I tell people on Sunday mornings at the end of the services, “If you’re our guest, I’d like to meet you.” And so I go to the hospitality room and meet people every week.

Multiplication Through Service

We didn’t know it at the time but it turns out we were training our leaders right there. It was an opportunity for discipleship through serving we hadn’t anticipated, and we ended up serving 3,000 meals per day after that.

5 Evangelism Tips for Your Small Group

Simple and quick exercises added to small-group meetings can encourage people to take their faith stories into the community.